Knox Gorge

2 h to 3 h

2.7 km
return

↑ 114 m
↓ -114 m

Very challenging
Starting from the Knox Gorge car park at the end of Knox Gorge Road, Karijini National Park, this walk takes you past Knox Lookout, then down into Knox Gorge and back via the Knox Lookout and Knox Gorge Walk Trails. Intersecting Wittenoom Gorge near the Knox Lookout, Knox Gorge is a deep and picturesque chasm. After a short walk to the lookout, the trail descends to the bottom of the gorge via one of the steepest paths in the park. Other gorges in the area have proper steps, yet the track going down Knox Gorge is a bit more "natural" and challenging. Although steep, the descent is relatively straightforward until an awkward scramble near the bottom, which requires walkers to lower themselves down several rock shelves. At the bottom of the descent, there is the option to turn left or right, with the path to the right leading to a photogenic pool. After heading left along the main walk trail, the initial section of Knox Gorge is filled with trees and plants growing along the watercourse. Continually crisscrossing its way along the gorge floor, the trail ends at an unusual slot canyon formation with large, expansive shelves on either side of the slot. From here, walkers can retrace their steps back to the start of the walk. After the scrambling ends, the steep track takes you out of the gorge. Take care in the gorge and leave if it starts to rain as flash flooding can occur. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-22.3709812,118.2959199)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Great Northern Highway, 95, Juna Downs.
  • Turn on to Karijini Drive then drive for 29.4 km
  • Turn right onto Banjima Drive and drive for another 9.9 km
  • Continue onto Banjima Road and drive for another 27.9 km
  • Turn right onto Knox Gorge Road and drive for another 5.4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Knox Gorge car park, head along the dirt walking path and look for the brown “Knox Lookout Track - 300 Metres Return 15 Min” sign. Walk past an informational sign about the gorge as you make your way to the Knox Lookout sign. Pass by the lookout sign as well and head along the singular track towards the lookout. Once you’re at the lookout, retrace your steps back to the informational signpost, then turn left. Pass by a “Walking at Knox Gorge” sign to your right as you keep left to continue along the Knox Gorge Track.....
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Start.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 145 m come to the "Knox Lookout".
Knox Lookout
Knox Lookout

Knox Lookout lets you view the confluence of the two gorges, which can make you wonder how many years it took and how much force was there to form such an interesting landscape. The lookout, smaller than others in the park, provides wonderful photographic opportunities throughout the day. Come here at sunset/sunrise to get the most out of the experience. Be cautious around the lookout as small loose rocks can be slippery underfoot.
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Knox Lookout lets you view the confluence of the two gorges, which can make you wonder how many years it took and how much force was there to form such an interesting landscape. The lookout, smaller than others in the park, provides wonderful photographic opportunities throughout the day. Come here at sunset/sunrise to get the most out of the experience. Be cautious around the lookout as small loose rocks can be slippery underfoot.

After another 145 m turn left.
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 370 m find the "Pool near Knox Gorge entrance" (20 m on your right).
Pool near Knox Gorge entrance
Pool near Knox Gorge entrance

Surrounded by paperbark trees, this large pool provides a refreshing swimming spot where walkers can cool off during the heat of the day.
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Surrounded by paperbark trees, this large pool provides a refreshing swimming spot where walkers can cool off during the heat of the day.

Continue another 630 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.4 km to get back to the start.
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Knox Gorge


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 2.7 km
Time 2 h to 3 h
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
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