Karijini National Park


Karijini National Park

Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia | name = Karijini National Park
iucn_category = II



caption = Map of Australia
locator_x = 35
locator_y = 80
nearest_town_or_city = Tom Price
coordinates = coord|22|40|22|S|118|12|53|E|
area = 6274 km²
established = 1969
visitation_num = ?
visitation_year = ?
managing_authorities = Department of Environment and Conservation
official_site = -

Karijini National Park is a National Park centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in northwestern Western Australia (Australia). It is situated approximately 1055 km north of the State's capital city, Perth. It was formerly known as Hamersley National Park.

At 6274 km², it is the second largest national park in Western Australia (the largest being Rudall River National Park).

Climate

The park is located in the Pilbara region, and is mostly tropical semi-arid climate. In summer, thunderstorms and cyclones are common. [M. Bright, 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die, Quintet Publishing, London 2005]

Features

The park is most notable for its gorges, waterfalls and water holes. [cite web|title=Karijini National Park|publisher=westernaustralia.com|url=http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Destinations/Australias+North+West/The+Pilbara/Karijini+National+Park.htm|accessdate=2006-12-19]

The park's wildlife includes red kangaroos, wallaroos, echidnas, geckos, goannas, bats and a large variety of birds and snakes. [cite web|title=Karijini National Park - Beyond The 26th|publisher=ABC|url=http://www.abc.net.au/northwestwa/26th/karijini.htm|accessdate=2006-12-19]

ee also

* Protected areas of Western Australia

References

Further reading

* Padgett, Allan (1991) "Karijini National Park - description of some of the more remote gorges". Landscope, Vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 1991), pp.16-21


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