Keep River National Park

fat trees, skinny palms and sculpted rock await on the NT-WA border

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Keep River National Park in the Territory’s far northwest, 3km shy of the WA border, packs a scenic and cultural punch well above its weight on the Northern Territory bushwalking scale. The best of its four walks are the 2km Goorrandalng loop (from the southern campground) and 8km Jarnem loop (from the northern one).

The Goorrandalng loop is a moderate walk with a couple of short climbs. It leads from sandstone cliffs and Salvador Dali-esque stone columns, to layered, pitted domes channeling the famous beehive formations of Purnululu National Park (Western Australia), about 150km to the south.

The longer Jarnem Loop meanders among rotund boab trees rooted in grassland before scaling a red-rock ridge bedecked with parasol-like Livistona fan palms. Then it steps from golden plain into folds of massed, conjoined sandstone domes created by eons of sedimentation, uplift, cracking, weathering and erosion. The Jarnem Loop’s top selling point is being able to view the country from above as well as from down amid its assorted textures and colours.

At A Glance

(618) 9167-8827
Best time May to August. The park is closed over summer (the wet season); check opening times online.

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