Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park entrance is located 11km east of Kalbarri. The park’s inland attractions follow the course of the Murchison River. The river, its gorge and surrounding rock formations are very picturesque and can be explored in a day if you are not attempting the hikes.

The Loop, which features the popular attraction Nature’s Window, is situated 27km from the park’s entrance off Ajana Kalbarri Road. The 400m relatively easy walk takes you to several lookouts overlooking the Murchison River system and the surrounding rugged country. A more demanding 8km loop walk also begins here.

Nature’s Window is the main attraction on The Loop, not far from the car park. The natural rock formation resembles a picture frame with views of the upstream river below through its arch. Another of nature’s wonders you can’t resist photographing.

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Just 12km from The Loop via the same road is Z Bend. The 1.2km return moderately easy Lookout Trail finds a viewing area over the Murchison Gorge and the distinctive zig-zag section of the Murchison River. For the energetic there is a 2.6km Gorge Trail which descends to the gorge and the river banks.

Hawks Head Lookout is 28km from the park entrance and provides river views from the platform only 100m from the car park. Wheelchair access available here.

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Ross Graham Lookout is just 5km from Hawks Head and is the easiest place to access the river. Walk an easy 100m to the lookout over the Murchison River or venture a further 250m down to the river bank.

All lookouts in the inland section of Kalbarri National Park have toilet and picnic facilities. The Loop and Z Bend provide gas barbeques for your convenience. Camping is prohibited in the park and visitor fees apply.

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The coastline just south of Kalbarri town site forms the coastal cliffs section of the Kalbarri National Park. Access to these attractions is via George Grey Drive and they span about 13km.

The first point of interest is Red Bluff. The monstrous landmark used as a navigation point in the past provides spectacular views of the rugged coastal Zuydorp Cliffs and Redbluff Beach. The lookout is an easy 1km walk from the car park.

kalbarri-nat-park-rainbow-valley Mushroom Rock appears as the name suggests. The forces of nature have over time eroded this odd shaped rock to appear as it does today. A 1.5km moderate walking trail over loose rocks with steep sections links Mushroom Rock to Rainbow Valley further south.

Rainbow Valley is an appealing attraction. Explore the layered and varying coloured stones in the rocky valley and marvel at the stunning coastline Kalbarri has to offer. The moderate walk to the coast is about 1km over loose materials with steep sections and eventually leads to Mushroom Rock.

Pot Alley is viewed directly from the rocky car park. The ruggedness and beauty of the coastline is immensely apparent here. The small secluded beach below is accessible down the layered rock.

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Eagle Gorge offers those magnificent red rugged coastal views from above and boasts a gorgeous secluded beach below. A steep descending path leads to the beach where snorkeling conditions look good. The walk from the car park to the lookout is an easy 200m.

Shellhouse and Grandstand are impressive limestone cliff formations shaped by the force of the Indian Ocean. The Grandstand similarity is definitely apparent on this part of the coastline. Short easy 200m walks to each attraction.

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Castle Cove features some interesting rock formations being Island Rock and Natural Bridge. These have been formed over the years by cliff erosion caused by the ocean and its pounding waves. The walk is an easy 250m and very scenic.
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For the keen walkers there is an 8km track which links several of the coastal cliff attractions. The Bigurda Trail begins at Castle Cove and passes Island Rock, Grandstand, Shellhouse and ends at Eagle Gorge.

Be cautious when visiting the Kalbarri National Park and its coastal cliffs and inland gorges. Always stay clear of the edges and stick to designated pathways as cliff and gorge faces can crumble and break away and the Indian Ocean is capable of unpredictable surges. Be aware and safe and enjoy the magnificent scenery on offer in this unique national park.

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