Karijini’s Gorgeous Gorges

My dear Pete, my sister Lucy and I spent a few days in Karijini – a nationalpark in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, near the town of Tom Price. Though I should not try and describe it by its geographic location because that doesn’t give anyone a clue what it is. Here’s a few clues:

  • Beautiful (I mean BEAUTIFUL) gorges
  • Stunning waterfalls
  • Rolling hills as far as the eye can see

Some people have described it as “God’s own country” and I can see why.

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What I love about camping in nature in a fairly remote location is that you don’t have phone reception, you can’t read emails, you can’t worry about work (well you can but there’s no point doing so, so I don’t do it), you don’t have any responsibilities and spend your day lounging around the camp, eating yummy food cooked on a camp stove, hiking through jawdroppingly beautiful nature, having a shower after a long dusty day, and in our case: drying the entire bedding from our ‘waterproof’ swags after a rainy night. Wonderful.

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Without emails, without phone, without TV or internet everything seems so far away and insignificant. Terrorism, climate change, global pollution – all of those (man-made) problems just don’t seem to exist out here.

As we were walking through the bottom of a gorge, jumping over rocks to cross a little creek, clinging on to steep cliffs to get around a cold pool of water, climbing over fallen trees, using step-like rocks to climb down gorge walls I felt so small again, once again in a good way. The age of these rocks (many millions of years) is hard to grasp in my little human brain. My little twentyseven-year old human hands and feet were clambering up and down these rocks that had been here for so so long. These rocks were there during our world wars, during the time when Australia hadn’t seen any white men yet, during the time when mankind hadn’t thought of agriculture yet, during the time when mankind hadn’t even evolved yet. I felt very humbled and grateful for being able to be here. I also felt a bit funny when thinking about how ridiculous it is that we humans seem to have claimed the right of ‘managing’ the planet. We seem to think we’re the duck’s nuts, we’re the ones with the big brain and some sort of special self-awareness that enables us to comprehend everything that’s going on around us and gives us the right to make decisions on behalf of other species and the whole planet. And it was almost like the rocks were just sitting there, going “yeah yeah. Go ahead. I’ll still be here for the next ‘intelligent’ species to come along in a few million years. I’ve seen it all before.” Of course rocks don’t talk (as far as I know), and I didn’t have any kind of conversation with the rocks, but I could imagine that we’re maybe not the first, and probably not the last ‘intelligent’ species that take a bit more of the share of resources than we’re entitled to.

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It was really good to connect with this age old nature, this magnificent and majestic place, away from all our human issues. Walking through old, beautiful gorges during the day and gazing at the even older universe and galaxies above during the night.

I think if every human had the privilege to connect with nature like this every now and again we would be a much more humble and level-headed species, feeling more integrated and grateful for this planet that we are allowed to call home.

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2 Responses to “Karijini’s Gorgeous Gorges

  • Awesome Svenja and Pete. I haven’t been there yet but believe it’s just gorgeous gorges as you say. Lucky you. Tam xx

    • Outback Greenie
      2 years ago

      If you’re ever up that way make sure to take a few days off and go there – it’s magnificent! 🙂

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