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Millstream-Chichester National Park/Australia

Introducing 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. Murlamunyjunha Trail (7km, two hours return) links both areas and features interpretive plaques by the traditional Yindjibarndi owners.

Once the station homestead, the unmanned visitor centre houses historical, ecological and cultural displays; as a lifeline for flora and fauna during dry spells, the park is one of the most important indigenous sites in WA. The nearby lily- and palm-fringed Jirndarwurrunha Pool is especially significant and swimming is not permitted.

You can swim at Deep Reach Pool, believed to be the resting place of the Warlu (the creation serpent) and the shady tables and barbecues are perfect for a lazy picnic.

In the park's north are the stunning breakaways and eroded mesas of the Chichester Range. Don't miss the amazing panorama from the top of Mt Herbert (the viewpoint is a 10-minute walk from the car park) and on the road to Roebourne. You can continue walking to McKenzie Spring (4.5km, one hour return). Lower down the range, Python Pool is worth a look, though check for algal bloom before diving in; the pool is linked to Mt Herbert by the Chichester Range Camel Trail (16km, six hours return).