Deep Reach Picnic Area - Millstream Chichester NP

National Park - Western Australia


The oasis in the arid lands.

Deep Reach Pool is a large, permanent body of water maintained by the aquifer beneath the park. It is home to the Warlu serpent of the Yinjibarndi people.

At Deep Reach it is a 300m return walk to the canoe launch and viewing deck. Trailside signs interpret features.

Disabled access toilets, gas bbqs, shaded picnic tables provided. Access to the river for swimming and canoeing. Water very deep. Supervise children closely.

Yinjibarndi people are most concerned for your safety if swimming at Deep Reach as this is the home of Barrimurdi, the Warlu, or serpent. They ask that you treat the site with respect and keep noise to a minimum. At Deep Reach the water is deep, the banks steep and there may be submerged trees and rocks. Do not dive into the water. Use the entry steps for access to and from the water.

Swimming is not permitted at Jirndawurrunha Pool or surrounding streams because of this site’s deep cultural significance to the Yinjibarndi.

Canoes, kayaks and sailboards are welcome at Deep Reach. Use the wide access steps for entry of watercraft. Motorised watercraft of any kind are not permitted so as not to anger the Warlu serpent, disrupt other vessels, damage the banks and threaten riverine wildlife. Fishing is allowed, however be mindful of other users. To launch watercraft, there is a 300m walk from the car park to the river access points.

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