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 (Nature's Window or Inyaka Wookai Watju) 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 unforgettable 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 majestic 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 to the constructed wheelchair access path to the new lookout about the river at Hawk's Head.
Take the short walk to Meanarra Hill Lookout and learn how this area was once part of an ancient coral reef system. At 207m above sea level this is the perfect vantage point for 360° views of Kalbarri and the Murchison River flowing into the Indian Ocean.
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 trip.
Drinking water is not available in the National Park, so always carry your own supply.
Kalbarri’s Coastal Cliffs feature magnificent, towering cliffs that plummet to the waves below. Starting at Red Bluff, named by Willem de Vlamingh in 1697, the dramatic coastal cliffs extend 13 kilometres to the National Park’s southern boundary. Numerous sign-posted pathways, lookouts and balustrades have been provided allow you to safely explore the ruggedly beautiful coastline. Look for migrating whales between late June and November.
A short walk from the carpark, visitors can enjoy stunning coastal views and lookout for marine life, including whales and dolphins.
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 anyone seeking a little extra, take the stepped rocky path to discover a secluded beach that’s well worth the effort.
Bigurda is Nhanda for a small Kangaroo. Connecting Eagle Gorge to Natural Bridge this sandy trail provides stunning coastal views with great photo opportunities. This unique walk offers a vast array of wildflower species from July to November. Dolphin pods are a common sight, as well as Humpback Whales.
Island Rock & Pot Alley
The resilient Island Rock was once part of the shoreline, now standing as a solitary 'sea stack' against the forces of the ocean. Pot Alley was named by local cray fishermen after losing many cray pots to this hazardous cove. Viewing platforms are a short distance from the carpark, providing spectacular views.
This site gave the impression of a shell shaped house on the side of the cliff to fisherman at sea. The terraced rock face is best viewed at sunset with glowing light on the sandstone cliff.
Rainbow Valley & Mushroom Rock Nature Trail
Informative signage along the path takes you back 400 million years - allow between one and two hours to stroll the marked circuit that connects Rainbow Valley and Mushroom Rock.Marvel at the varied geological formations and see kangaroos feeding (best seen at dawn and dusk) among the coastal heath.
Red Bluff beach is a popular location for snorkelling, fishing and swimming. Featuring a picturesque white sandy beach contrasting against the 100m striking rust red Zuytdorp Cliffs, Red Bluff is particularly spectacular at sunset.