Dales Gorge is located on the east side of the park Karijini National Park and can be access via Dales Road. Here you will find tranquil sunken gardens, deep sedge-fringed pools, and permanently cascading waterfalls. There are a few walks here of varying difficulties.
The easiest walk is the Gorge rim which is a 2km walk and is about 2 hours return. To get to this walk, go to either the Circular Pool or Fortescue Falls car park and follow the rim of the gorge between Circular Pool Lookout and the beginning of the Fortescue Falls Track.
White barked snappy gums grow in the caprock of the gorge and shady groves of native cypress shelter on the cliff face beneath the track. This walk offers gorgeous glimpses into Dales Gorge with amazing colours especially at sunset.
A slightly harder walk is the Fortescue Falls track which is 800m and takes about 1 hour return. This track can be reached by following a trail from the Fortescue Falls carpark, then negotiating steps and a narrow trail to the waterfall.
Not far from Fortescue Falls is the beautiful Fern Pool. Here you can have a refreshing swim in the spring fed permanent falls. You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical paradise at this pool surrounded by ferns and trees. Park managers have erected a wooden swimming platform with stairs, so water access is easy. Make sure you sit under the permanently cascading waterfall where water is warm and showerlike. Be wary in the cooler months (April-September) as the water can be bitterly cold and there is a risk of hyperthermia if you stay in too long.
There are a couple of more demanding tracks for the energetic, the first being the Circular Pool track. This is an 800m walk which takes about 2 hours return. Follow the path from the Circular Pool carpark and descending the steps down a steep slope to the bottom of the gorge. Ramble along the gorge floor to the fern-framed pool where you can take a dip and take in the views before you retrace your steps.
Next is the Dales Gorge track which is a 3km and 3hour return trip. Here you can experience gorge wildlife at close quarters from this creek-side trail between Fortescue Falls and Circular Pool Trail. Care needs to be taken going down the falls as some of the rocks can be wet.
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