Kalbarri National Park
abounds with opportunities and is one of the most exciting and spectacular in Western Australia. Marvel at nature's ability to carve the landscape. Explore the depths and heights of the river gorges and sea cliffs and admire the floral beauty of the vast, rolling sandplains.
The Murchison River
gorges in the Kalbarri National Park are particularly spectacular. The gorges have been carved over millions of years to form dramatic sandstone cliff faces which plummet into the Murchison River as it meanders towards the township of Kalbarri.
The rugged terrain and relative seclusion of the Murchison Gorge attracts thousands of visitors each year. Short walks provide moderately easy access to lookouts along the river gorge at the Loop and Z-Bend
, Hawks Head
and Ross Graham lookout
The Loop (Natures Window) provides different views of the winding gorge below from several lookouts positioned around The Loop. A key attraction is Nature's Window, a natural rock arch that superbly frames the upstream view, and is a 400m walk from the carpark. For those eager for adventure, the 8km Loop Walk Trail beginning and ending at Nature's Window provides an unforgetable gorge experience.
The Z-Bend, a 500m walk from the carpark brings you to the most breathtaking scenery in the National Park. From the safety of the lookout, the gorge plunges 150m to the river below where magestic river redgums provide a lush contrast to the earthy hue's of the Tumblagooda Sandstone.
Enjoy the views from the picnic area or wander down the newly constructed wheelchair access path to the new lookout about the river at Hawk's Head.
For those with greater levels of fitness and experience, there are many gorge hiking options available - from one day excursions to four or five day extended hikes. Further information about these hikes is available from the National Park office and it is a strict requirement that all overnight groups register with Park staff before making the
Drinking water is not available in the National Park, so always carry your own supply.