Millstream-Chichester National Park
Among the arid, spinifex-covered plateaus and basalt ranges between Karijini and the coast, the tranquil Millstream waterholes of the Fortescue River form cool, lush oases. Lovely Crossing Pool, with palms, pelicans and gas barbecues, makes an idyllic camp site, though some may prefer the larger Milliyanha Campground, with its camp kitchen and nearby visitor centre.
The idyllic monastery settlement of New Norcia, 132km from Perth, consists of a cluster of ornate, Spanish-style buildings set incongruously in the Australian bush. Founded in 1846 by Spanish Benedictine monks as an Aboriginal mission, the working monastery today holds prayers and retreats, alongside a business producing boutique breads and gourmet goodies.
Mt Augustus National Park
In Wajarri country, the huge monocline of Mt Augustus, twice as large as Uluru and a good deal more remote, rises 717m above the surrounding plains. There are a number of walking trails and Aboriginal rock-art sites to explore, including the superb summit trail (12km return, six hours).