Climbing Mt. Bruce

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Karijini National Park, Australia

Climbing Mt. Bruce Karijini National Park Reviews

Fio Fio
19 reviews
Apr 25, 2007
If you've got time to spare in Karijini National Park, take a break from the gorges and hike *up* for a change, to the top of Mt. Bruce. At 1235 meters, it's not exactly the Himalayas, but it is Western Australia's second-highest mountain (missing out on top honors by only 10 meters to nearby Mt. Meharry), and the views out across the cloud-speckled Pilbara are worth the effort. There's a stony and occasionally rocky trail (with one brief steep section requiring a bit of simple climbing) all the way to the top, where you can sign the 'guest book' and confirm for all of posterity that you did in fact make it the whole way. It's 9km roundtrip and most guidebooks and tourist information signs say to allow 5-6 hours, but we did it in a fairly leisurely 4 hrs, including at least a half-hour at the top.

As with the rest of the outback, the flies are maddening, so bring your trusty fly-net. Start early for the best light for photos and to avoid the midday heat.
view from near the top (courtesy o…
view back across the trail from ab…
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