24 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM Karijini National Park, Western Australia The second largest but most spectacular National Park in Western Australia is the Karijini National Park. Located in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region, the park is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and 600 miles North West of Perth. Karijini is well known for its eye catching geological features and rich deep outback colors. Immerse yourself amongst the ancient geological formations and you suddenly feel awestruck at the red layered cliffs that line the spectacular gorges eroded by nature over billions of years. I made the trek to the Pilbara a few years ago and the long drive in at some stages felt like we were never going to arrive. But once we did the travel time in was never in question. It was a hot day and we headed straight to the Spa Pool, a natural rock pool to swim. To say this was one of the most amazing places that I have swum is an understatement. And pictures just don’t do it justice, you have got to get there. This part of Australia is quite hard to access and wont suit everyone but it is in incredibly beautiful and worth the effort. The National Park and surrounding area is nothing like anything I have experienced ever before. The Pilbara’s gum trees, termite mounds and expansive plains give way to picturesque gorges, refreshing waterfalls and the emerald waterholes.
Zebedee Springs, The Kimberley Zebedee Springs are located in the El Questro Wilderness Park, in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia. Zebedee Springs are a number of natural thermal springs that sit at the base of sheer sandstone cliffs and are constantly heated at around 36 degrees Celsius or around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The Kimberly is on many people’s bucket list of things to do and see while in Australia but visitation is very low. There are many ways to see and experience the Kimberly and I had the incredible pleasure of driving along The Gibb River Road from Kununurra to Derby some years ago. To really engage with the destination, driving the Gibb River Road is by far and away the best way to go. I was able to visit Zebedee Springs which were quite hard to find but once located very easy to get to. The best time to go is before 12pm and pack some drinks and snacks and stay a while. The springs are often closed for sole use of guests staying at El Questro in the afternoon. You will discover a pure oasis in the middle of a dry desert region as you take the short walk from the nearby car park. Sit back and relax and take in the contrasting lush tropical rain forest. Not easy to find or get too but it wouldn’t be special if it was. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 25
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