Millstream-Chichester National Park is a comfortable two hour drive from Karratha in Western Australia (WA) and offers some of the best nature based camping opportunities in the region. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River – the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people - this lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex-covered hills.
One of the most scenic attractions in WA’s Millstream National Park is Python Pool, which is easily accessible by road. Deeper within the park are camping areas at the beautiful Crossing Pool and Deep Reach, accessible only by unsealed roads.
The run-off from the Hamersley Ranges flows via the Fortescue River into an underground aquifer that feeds the waters of WA’s Millstream-Chichester National Park. This natural reserve is believed to contain in excess of 1,700 million cubic metres of water and cover an area of almost 2,000 square kilometres. Attracted by the bounty of water, early European settlers established an active pastoral station here, which remained in operation for over 100 years. Today, the original Millstream Homestead houses the Millstream Visitor Centre and museum.
Camping in Millstream-Chichester National Park
There are well maintained public camping facilities in WA’s Millstream-Chichester National Park, including bush toilets, gas barbeques and wood for campfires. Permits and maps can be purchased from Karratha and Roebourne Visitor Centres, or from the Visitor Information Centre within the park.
Getting to Millstream-Chichester National Park
Access to the park is via a sealed road. The turnoff is just 15 minutes from Karratha, or if you are travelling on the Roebourne/Wittenoom Road, the turnoff is 28 kilometres south east of Roebourne. Permits are not required for either of these roads.
Yindjibarndi people are the traditional landowners of WA’s Millstream-Chichester National Park. The Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation has produced "Ngurra Wardurala Buluyagayi: Exploring Yindjibarndi Country". Published in full colour, with hundreds of photographs, this book represents over a year's work of mapping, research and fieldtrips to photograph and record fifty sites of significance to the Yindjibarndi people. In consultation with the elders, the Corporation has compiled accurate site descriptions, including songs and stories that are linked to the land, in English and Yindjibarndi to create an invaluable resource for future generations. The book also includes a fold-out (A3) map of Millstream-Chichester National Park making this an essential guide for any visitor who seeks a deeper understanding of Yindjibarndi country.
For more information about Millstream Chichester National Park, contact Karratha Visitor Centre.