Kalbarri National Park
The diverse landscapes of Kalbarri National Park in WA offer an equally diverse array of things to see and do just a short drive from town. Marvel at its dramatic river gorges and coastal cliffs, believed to be 400 million years in the making. Walk, climb, paddle, cruise, drive, go camping or take a guided tour to explore 183,000 hectares rich in curious rock formations, cultural heritage, flora and fauna.
The gorges and formations carved by the Murchison River attract thousands of visitors to Kalbarri National Park every year. Short walks provide easy access to spectacular lookouts The Loop, Nature’s Window, Z-Bend and Hawk’s Head.
The Loop and Nature’s Window
Several lookouts offer different views of the winding loop in the gorge below. A 400m walk from The Loop car park brings you to one of WA’s most iconic natural attractions, Nature’s Window. This natural rock arch frames the river view perfectly and is a must-snap photograph opportunity in Kalbarri National Park. For an unforgettable gorge adventure, follow the 8km Loop Walk Trail beginning and ending at Nature’s Window.
Considered by many to offer the most breathtaking view in the park, the Z-Bend lookout can be reached by a 500-metre walk trail from the car park. Gazing down, the gorge plunges 150 metres to the river below where river redgums create a striking contrast against the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone.
This top picnic spot has a brand new lookout over the Murchison River gorge, complete with a wheelchair-accessible path.
Ross Graham Lookout
This spot offers the easiest access point in Kalbarri National Park, with a short walking trail from the car park leading you to the shaded and tranquil river’s edge.
From July to October, the blooms of over 1,000 species of WA wildflowers bring a riot of colour to Kalbarri National Park’s vast sandplains. See the wildflower page for details.
Kalbarri gorge hikes
For keen bushwalkers with a high level of fitness and experience, there are many gorge hiking adventures available, from one-day excursions to five-day extended hikes. Further information is available from the Park Office. All overnight groups are required to register with park staff before heading off on the trails.
Kalbarri National Park tours
One of the best ways to experience the many wonders of Kalbarri National Park is to join a guided tour provided by friendly and experienced local operators. Hiking, abseiling, kayaking, quad biking, 4WD and sunset river cruises offer memorable ways to explore the park at a pace that suits you.
Extending 13km to the south of town, Kalbarri National Park also boasts some of WA’s most striking coastal landscapes, secluded beaches, surf breaks and whale watching spots. Take a short drive, or follow the walk and cycle path that hugs the coast.
Panoramic ocean views from the top of Red Bluff’s 100m cliffs make it a perfect vantage point for spotting marine creatures, from dolphins to migrating humpback whales. At its base lies one of Kalbarri’s most popular beaches for swimming, snorkelling and fishing.
Mushroom Rock Walk Trail
Marvel at the varied geological formations that are ablaze with colour at sunset. A visit at dawn or dusk will also reward you with glimpses of kangaroos grazing on the coastal heath. Allow an hour to explore the marked trail that connects Rainbow Valley and Mushroom Rock.
The view south from the car park captures the rugged beauty of Kalbarri National Park’s remarkable coastline. Follow the stepped path to the secluded beach below and perhaps chance upon a craypot cast ashore on stormy seas.
Enjoy the panorama from the crest or wander down into the depths of the gorge, where you’ll discover a delightful beach. Watch as eagles soar in the skies above, catching the updrafts and searching for prey.
Island Rock and Natural Bridge
The forces of the ocean have sculpted some rather precarious rock formations in the cliffs at the southern edge of Kalbarri National Park. Take in the spectacular views from the safety of the lookouts.
This popular fishing spot is believed to be the site where Dutch sailors were marooned in 1629 as punishment for their involvement in the famous Batavia mutiny.
A top surfing spot for pros and novices, the challenging reef break lures experienced surfers out to the point to test their skills, while Jacques Bay offers safer conditions for beginners.
Drinking water is not available in the national park, so always carry your own supply. During hot conditions, it’s recommended that you allow 3 to 4 litres of water per person per day. Stay clear of cliff edges and overhangs – always keep to the paths and lookouts where provided.
Sturdy footwear, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are essential to ensuring your comfort and safety while exploring the park. Check the weather forecast before heading out into the park.
There are no camping areas in Kalbarri National Park, but there are plenty of accommodation options in the township, including well equipped caravan parks and camping sites.
National Park Passes
Invest in the future of Kalbarri’s natural environment by purchasing a National Park Pass, available at the Kalbarri Visitor Centre or National Park Entry Station on the Loop Z-Bend entry road. The station is manned most days. A ticketing machine and self-registration system is also available for times when the station is unattended. Car parks are regularly patrolled by rangers, so make sure your ticket is clearly displayed on the dashboard.
Day Pass – Provides entry to Kalbarri National Park for a day visit.
Holiday Pass – Entry to any WA national park for up to four weeks.
All Parks Annual Pass - Entry to any national park in WA for 12 months.
For more information contact Kalbarri National Park Office, PO Box 37, Kalbarri, WA 6536
Phone: (08) 9937 1140
Kalbarri National Park maps
You can view a map of Kalbarri National Park online and pick up detailed trail maps at the visitor centre.