See some of Kalbarri's spectacular gorges around the National Park and inaccessible terrain from the air with the locally owned and operated Kalbarri Air Charter.
The flight we took went out across to Kalbarri National Park and over the spectacular gorges of the Murchison River.
Then it flies over Murchison House Station, over Kalbarri town and finally the flight goes speeding over the ocean past the rugged coastal cliffs.
Duration is 45min and the plane holds 5 people.
Adult Price $90.00 Child Price $55.00
The Bigurda Trail is an 8km walking trail which allows you to discover Kalbarri’s coastal cliffs. The trail from Natural Bridge to Eagle Gorge is likely to take you 3 hours but along the way you will get some great views of the rugged cliffs and maybe even see some dolphins or whales migrating along the coastline. The name Bigurda comes from the Bigurda Kangaroo which can be found in the area.
During winter and spring you may be lucky to see migrations of humpback whales. There are tours available which will take you out closer or you can go to places like Red Bluff or Eagle gorge to get the best chance of a sighting.
Grandstand Rock Gorge is at the same vantage point as Shell House Gorge. Over time the soft limestone rock face has taken a battering from the ocean and caused the formations that you see today.
Location: Off National Bridge Road, Kalbarri
Other coastal cliffs south of Kalbarri are Red Bluff, Eagle Gorge, Pot Alley, Mushroom Rock and Rainbow Valley. At Eagle Gorge, eagles have been sighted flying high above the cliffs on the coastal currents whereas at Rainbow Gorge, rainbows can often be seen in the sea mist. All these gorges are well sign posted from the main road.
Location : South of Kalbarri
On Grey Street, in the centre of Kalbarri, you'll find an unusual museum, filled with lots of different things. You enter the museum through a shop where you go down the stairs. These stairs lead to a replica underground mine full of interesting facts on the mining business.
The rest of the museum consists of a huge collection of dolls from all over the world, reptiles, toys, articles on the shipwreck history of the coast around Kalbarri and numerous other things.
The museum is really something different and definitely worth a visit. Entrance fee was only AU$2.
Murchison gorge, 35ks from Kalbarri, 26 of which are gravel road through part of the 183,000 ha of national park, but are accessible by car or cycle, is The Loop, Nature's Window and Z-bend which are well worth the effort of going. Real outback feeling as you walk through the bush and come to the edge of the cliff and see the river wind its way through the valley below.
There are several points south of the town of Kalbarri where you can turn in and see scenery that's a bit special. Eagle Gorge is one of them but few people actually walk all the way down to the beach.
The majority hop out, have a geek from the lookout and move on.
We chose to soak up a bit more of the atmosphere and take in the pounding surf and rugged cliffs up close and personal.
This is about 5 kms south of town.
On the way back, we went past the pink lake, which is really pink. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon that occurs when algae Dunaliella salina 'blooms' and produces beta carotene, which is a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The lagoon contains the world's largest microalgae production plant, with a series of artificial ponds. Hutt Lagoon also provides a commercial supply of Artemia parthenogenetica brine shrimp. In the past it also produced gypsum and salt.
The lake is about 14 kilometres in length along its long axis which is oriented in a northwest-southest directionn, parallel with the coast. It is around 2 kilometres wide. Most of it is below sea level separated from the Indian Ocean by a beach barrier ridge and barrier dune system. Because of evaporation, during the summer about 95% of the surface is a dry salt flat
A good time to view it is at sundown as the lagoon changes color from mauve to pink to a slightly darker purple. The lake sits in a dune swale adjacent to the coast. The road between Northampton and Kalbarri, George Grey Drive, runs along its western edge. It is located 47 kilometres west of Northampton.
We were on the main highway about 60 kms from Kalbarri when we got to this crossing where we camped just after sunset. Next morning I awoke and took a couple of snaps.
It's the Murchison River a fair way before it gets to Kalbarri NP.
There's a designated camp site here so you might keep it in mind if you're freewheeling as I do.
Just thought I'd share these couple of pics with you.
If you're not satisfied with looking through "Nature's Window" you can walk around "The Loop" which is a canyon with a river in the middle. You'll need about 3 or 4 hours to walk around. Be careful if it's very hot and take plenty of water and sunscreen with you.
The road to "The Loop" and "Nature's Window" is unpaved. You can drive with a normal car but a 4 WD makes it a lot easier since the road is a bit bumpy.
About 30km from kalbarri township, you pay a small fee to enter the national park and drive 20 odd km to reach the two accessable gorges, The Loop and the Z bend. Natures window is quite impressive, there is a 1km walk there and back. The Window itself is a rock that has been eroded to look like a window, through which you can see a pretty picture of the river. The Loop is a walk track that follows a loop of the river, approximately 4 hours long, however if you have come to the national park for the day you may not have time to complete it.
The Z bend is another gorge at Kalbarri national park, and is named for the Z bend the cliffs form as the river winds between them. You can also climb down to the river from the lookout, however the rocks are slippery and tend to slide so good shoes are necessary.
The good thing about the Hawks Head lookout is that you do not have to enter the national park to see it, so you dont have to pay. However it is some distance away from the Kalbarri township, about 40km. The last time I went to Kalbarri you were able to stand on the Hawk shaped rock, and so get a good picture, however now they have signs warning not to, due to the possibility of it falling, and there is a lookout a few metres away from the rock formation. There is also a disabled persons access path, the path to the lookout is the shortest and more accessable then any of the river lookouts.
Natural Bridge is part of a series of ocean gorges and rocky cliffs that form part of the coastline near Kalbarri. Natures Window is the furtherest away from Kalbarri, but is one of the best in my opinion.