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Road Condition Report

 

Loop – Z Bend Access Road

 

·       *  First 12km of the access road is now sealed

 

·       *  Next 14km to Natures Window & 13km to ZBend is unsealed and rough in sections, visitor should take care when travelling from the sealed to unsealed section.

 

·       *  Suitable for 2 wheel drives with care, No trailers or motorhomes

 

Please drive carefully

 

 

 

Kalbarri National Park

 

Kalbarri National Park covers an area of 186,000 hectares and encircles the Kalbarri town site giving the National Park two contrasting settings. South of Kalbarri features magnificent towering ocean cliffs, plummeting to the waves below. Heading north of town are inland river gorges with rock formations as old as 400million years. The rugged terrain and relative seclusion of the Kalbarri National Park attract thousands of visitors each year, with 14 distinct sites there is diverse access for the experienced hiker to the simple holiday maker.

 

 

 

The roads to the coastal sites are sealed and suitable for all vehicles, excluding pot Alley which is not suitable for caravans or motorhomes. The roads into the inland gorge sites at Hawk’s Head and Ross Graham are also sealed with shade shelters, toilets and picnic facilities. The road to the Z-Bend and Loop areas has seen a major upgrade in 2013 and as such the first 12km is now sealed, the remaining 19km is unsealed, however accessible to most traffic including two-wheel drives, excluding motorhomes, large campervans and any vehicle towing. We recommend to check with the visitor centre on road conditions as rainfall can alter conditions and close this road.

 

Meanarra Hill Lookout

 

This limestone capped peak is visible from several different locations around Kalbarri, Take the short walk to learn how this area was once part of a massive coral reef system in ancient times, when this was once the sea floor. At 207m above sea level this is the perfect vantage point for 360degrees views of Kalbarri and the Murchison River flowing into the Indian Ocean.

 

 

Inland Gorges

 

Nature's Window

 

A 1km return walk from the car park brings you to one of WA’s most iconic natural attractions – Nature’s Window. This rock arch frames the river perfectly and is top on the list of photo opportunities. (Class 3 Hike)

 

The Loop

 

For the more adventurous or experienced walker, starting and ending at Natures window is the 8km loop track. Taking 3 to 4 hours with moderate to challenging terrain, with spectacular scenery. (Class 4 Hike)

 

Z-Bend

 

Considered by many to offer the most breathtaking view of the park, the Z-Bend lookout can be reached by a 700m walk trail from the car park. The gorge plunges 150m down to the river below where red river gums create a striking contrast against the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone (Class 3 Hike)

 

Z-Bend river Trail is a demanding hike providing river access from the Z-Bend lookout path. Expect loose rocks, steep descents and ladder climbs with spectacular scenery along this 2.6km return trail. (Class 4 Hike)

 

Hawk’s Head

 

Hawks head is aptly names after the shape of the rock structure seen from the lookout. Enjoy the gorge views from a picnic area or wander down the sealed path to the lookout above the river. (Class 1 Hike)

 

Ross Graham Lookout

 

Named after the first school teacher in Kalbarri, Ross Graham was a devoted conservationist who aided in the exploration of the Murchison River. This lookout offers breathtaking views over the gorges, Take a short walk from the lookout down to the river's edge and relax under the shady canopy. (Class 3 Hike)

 

* Fossil Tracks of a giant scorpion like creature called a "Eurypterid" are located in Kalbarri National Park. This is one of the first animals ever to walk on land and grew up to 2 metres in length

 

 

 


* Overnight Hikes: 
Are available within the park, please contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Kalbarri office for further information (08) 9937 1140

 

* Heat: Summer temperatures can be extreme the river gorge, normally 10 degrees hotter than in Kalbarri. Wear a hat, loose fitting clothing, sturdy footwear and walk in the early morning or late afternoon.

 

* Water:  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.

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Cliffs

 

These sites are a short 16 km drive south of Kalbarri and offer walk trails and sandstone cliffs that plunge more than 100 meters to the ocean. The coastline slowly yields to the force of the ocean with fracturing and decaying cliffs that sculpt amazing rock formations. Allow plenty of time to explore this remarkable expanse of rugged coastline.

 

Natural Bridge 

 

A short walk from the car park on asphalt paths to stunning coastal views of Natural Bridge. The perfect stage to be on the lookout for marine life, including whales and dolphins from the safety of the lookout platform. The Birgurda boardwalk is a 1.2km (return) walk between Natural Bridge and Island Rock which can be accessed from the Natural Bridge car park. This walk along a recycled plastic boardwalk, including a new picnic shelter, not only protects the precious coastline it recently earned The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) the coveted “Western Australian Coastal Award for Excellence 2013.

 

Island Rock 

 

Is a hardwearing solitary sea stack standing alone against the forces of the ocean, Viewing platforms are a short distance from the car park and provide spectacular views of this lonely rock landmass.

 

Shellhouse Grandstand

 

The continual pounding of the Indian Ocean claims massive pieces of this soft limestone coast, leaving remnant cliff formations. The cliffs are often best viewed in the late afternoon as the setting sun, glows across the sandstone rock faces.

 

Eagle Gorge

 

As you take in views from the Eagle Gorge lookout watch for seasonal whales and seabirds while listening to the pound of the waves below. For the one seeking a little extra, take the stepped rocky trail to discover the bottom of the gorge and find a beach that’s well worth the effort.

 

Bigurda Trail

 

The 8km or 16km return hike is from Eagle Gorge to Natural Bridge. It hugs the coastline and cliff tops providing stunning coastal views and great photo opportunities along the way.  Sightings of dolphin pods are common and this is often the best place to see the rarer Southern right whales up close in season. For the wildflower enthusiast, this unique nature trail offers a wealth of different species staring in the winter months and following through to the end of spring. The trail is named after the Nanda word for the small kangaroo often seen here, the Bigurda also known as the Euro. (Class 3 Hike)

 

Pot Alley

 

Pot Alley was named by local Cray fisherman after losing many pots to this hazardous rocky cove. The view south from the cliff top truly captures the rugged beauty of our coastline. Take the winding, rocky walk down to this beautiful beach. Great to explore however swimming is not recommended, the life buoy revealing the danger of this coastline.

 

Mushroom Rock and Rainbow Valley Walk Trail

 

This 3km loop trail takes you on a contrasting journey of discovery. Informative signage along this path takes you back 400million years to a time when Australia was known as Gondwana land and marine life ruled the planet. See a bizarre range of rock formations from worm tubes, to round boulders and banded colours of sandstone layers. At dawn or dusk witness kangaroos feeding, amidst the coastal heath and rocky outcrops, the ocean never being far from sight.

 

Red Bluff lookout 

 

Red Bluff marks the northern start of the coastal gorges, it is one if the highest elevation points making this site very popular for whale watching and photo opportunities. Characterised by a soaring cliff face overlooking sandy beaches and the harsh Zuytdorp cliffs to the north, the daunting reality of this treacherous coastline and its many shipwrecks comes to light.

 

* Coast and Cliff Risk Area: Stay clear of cliff edges and overhangs. Keep to paths and lookouts where provided. Beware of slippery rocks and big seas with massive wave surges.

 

 

 

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.
$12 per vehicle (up to eight properly seated people)
$6 per vehicle for seniors’ card or aged pension card holders
$6 per motorcycle

 

Holiday Pass – Entry to any WA national park for up to four weeks.
$44 per vehicle

 

All Parks Annual Pass - Entry to any national park in WA for 12 months.
$88 per vehicle

 

For more information contact Kalbarri National Park Office, PO Box 37, Kalbarri, WA 6536

 

Phone: (08) 9937 1140
Mobile: 0417 181 314       
Web: www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/kalbarri

 

Kalbarri National Park maps

 

You can view a map of Kalbarri National Park online and pick up detailed trail maps at the visitor centre.