Python Pool is a hidden rock pool in the Millstream-Chichester NP. From the car park, it is only a 20-minute return trail walk to view this magnificent and permanent plunge pool located at the bottom of a cliff in Chichester Range. Among the hidden rock pools are deep rock pools such as the ones at Millstream.
The Chinderwarriner Pool is often called a tropical oasis. The tropical atmosphere is the result of the fresh water flowing from an aquifer. The tropical atmosphere at this pool is further enhanced by the paperback and palm trees that surround this little oasis. There are camping areas around two of the deep pools.
In Millstream-Chichester NP, camping areas are set up at the deep pools of Crossing Pool and Deep Reach. These two deep pools bring tourists and locals in all year round. The best time to go, however, is from the months of May through August when the weather is a little drier. You do need to bring your own water to drink. The water you get at the visitor centre is not treated for drinking. While camping or visiting, spend some time and soak up the culture.
In 1982, when two parks were made into one, the Yinjibarndi people still lived there. Today, there are some Yinjibarndi people employed as rangers and contact people, still living there and maintaining close ties with their homeland. Past history of Millstream-Chichester National Park includes pasture ground for sheep.
Les Gordon and his family managed what is now known as Millstream-Chichester NP when there were 400,000 hectares and 55,000 sheep to care for. The homestead of the Gordon family was built in 1919, and they lived there until 1964. The building still stands, being used now as home of the visitor centre. The visitor centre personnel will guide you to the best places to view and appreciate the plants and animals that live in Millstream-Chichester NP.
After the wet season, the ground is covered with flowers such as hula-hula, orange cockroach, wattles, and Sturt peas. The best months to see this blanket of flowers is from June to August. Tropical trees are also found here.
Close to the permanent water pools are tropical trees planted by the earlier pioneers, and now enjoyed by all the locals and visitors that come to Millstream-Chichester NP. There are palm trees such as the Millstream Palm, date palms, and cotton palms all existing for our appreciation. Amidst the blanket of flowers and the tropical palm trees are the animals that call this park home.
The euro and the red kangaroo are the two types of kangaroos that can be seen in Millstream-Chicester NP. Black flying foxes and a variety of birds, along with fourteen species of dragonflies and damselflies also reside here. Spending one day or several at this park can keep you busy.
When you visit Millstream-Chichester National Park, you will have your choice to do picnicking, fishing, swimming, row boating, canoeing, rafting, windsurfing, and/or camping. Take along plenty of supplies, including your camera. You will not be disappointed. Have a great time.