Stone structure in Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park, Australia
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Gorge-ous layers of rock. One of Australia’s hidden treasures
Much like a fine wine, the evolution of the landscapes in Karijini National Park has only got better with age – over 2,500 million years, to be exact. Throughout this time, sediments were overlaid, creating immense pressure and transforming into tough rock. Today the park measures around 1.5 million acres, making it the second largest national park in Western Australia, and home to Hamersley Gorge. It’s not uncommon to see beautifully colourful layers of rocks as you walk 400 metres down to the gorge floor. Many of these rocks have bent and buckled as they pushed their way to the surface – creating stunning natural works of art. Once you make it to the bottom, you can even go for a cheeky dip in the gorge pool!