Kalbarri Travel Guide

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Kalbarri Things to Do

  • SHELLHOUSE & GRANDSTAND & BIRGURDA TRAIL

    The Shellhouse and Grandstand are more impressive limestone cliff formations that have been shaped by the wind and the force of the Indian Ocean. It's a short easy 200m walk to each lookout to view them.This area is part of the 8km Birgurda trail we begins or ends at Castle Cove and Eagle Gorge, passing by Island Rock, Grandstand and Shellhouse....

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  • NATURAL BRIDGE & ISLAND ROCK & CASTLE...

    Another Natural Bridge, one of many in Australia. This is our next stop as we travel to the end of the coastal road where three lookouts are located.We parked our car then went for a walk along a new boardwalk which connects the two sites, total of 1.4kms return. Each has a proper platform look-out area from where there a fantastic views.Once...

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  • EAGLE GORGE

    We are travelling along Red Bluff Road in the Kalbarri National Park, noticing a name change to George Grey Drive. It's on this section of road, where we take another turn off towards the ocean to see Eagle Gorge. Eagle Gorge is named such, as wedge-tailed eagles live in the gorge and can often be seen in nests and soaring in the sky on a look-out...

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  • SPECTACULAR RAINBOW VALLEY # 3

    Would you believe there is still more to see in Rainbow Valley and this was something I have never seen elsewhere either~!Have you heard of a Skolithos? Well I hadn't! The rocks in Rainbow valley are riddled with what looks like tubes or straws, once the home of the ancient worm Skolithos. They are everywhere and are in all different shapes and...

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  • SPECTACULAR RAINBOW VALLEY # 2

    After my first discovery, then it was time to take a closer look at the unique formations shaped by wind and wave erosion. I marvelled at the amazing colours in Rainbow Valley, lucky there was and information board nearby to give me some information.The formations along this part of the coast are made of Tumblagooda Sandstone, deposited here...

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  • SPECTACULAR RAINBOW VALLEY # 1

    Rainbow Valley would have to be one of the most beautiful and different natural sites I have ever seen. Photos do not do it justice, you just have to go and see for yourself.I continued along the trail from Mushroom rock to Rainbow Valley and was blown away by what I saw! What attracted me first, was the colours of minerals that had compacted and...

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Kalbarri Restaurants

  • Tour Lunch

    We had lunch at Jake's Bar in the Zuytdorf restaurant (named after a Dutch ship). Some time in June 1712, the 700 ton ship Zuytdorp wrecked on the Western Australian coast crashing onto rocks at the bottom of cliffs just south of Shark Bay. The cliffs are now called the Zuytdorp Cliffs. In 1927 a stockman discovered the survivor's campsite at the...

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  • Alfresco dining near the river

    This is alfresco (or indoors) fine dining with sweeping views of the Murchison River across the road. The Black Rock Cafe has excellent meals including fresh locally caught seafood. It is a fully licensed restaurant with a good WA wine and beer list and they are open for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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  • True Aussie dining

    Finlay's Fish BBQ is a famous tourist attraction of Kalbarri and is well known for a friendly atmosphere and a good selection of locally caught seafood at great prices. The setting is outdoors and there is no service to speak of. You bring along your own grog and glasses but it is a fantastic place for an Aussie style meal. They cook your meat to...

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Kalbarri Nightlife

  • Parrotiso’s Cinema

    The Cinema is located at the Rainbow Jungle Parrot Sanctuary. There is a wood fired pizza and snack bar. Tickets can be bought at Kalbarri Cellars or at Rainbow Jungle. You have to take your own chair or picnic rug as there are limited chairs. Prices are a little less than normal cinemas.

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  • Relaxing Sunsets

    There isn't much to do in Kalbarri besides drinking at a pub, chatting with friends etc and of course there is the beautiful sunsets to enjoy. Great for a picnic dinner and very romantic.

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Kalbarri Transportation

  • BY CAR OR ON A TOUR

    To reach Kalbarri National Park you really need your own transport or to take one of the many tours on offer.Kalbarri National Park has NO ACCOMMODATION, so is a day visit park only.We had our own car so made our base at the township of Kalbarri, then travelled to the park daily. The road from Kalbarri is sealed. Not all the roads in the National...

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  • Canoe Safaris

    Canoe Safaris are available to organise from Kalbarri Boat Hire. The trip will take you by 4WD 15kms up the Murchison River. You will then start your trip paddling down the river to Nanny Goat Well. Once you reach there you will be given breakfast or lunch (depending on the time of your trip). The safari then continues down another 8kms down the...

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  • The family car

    Because of the vast distance to, from and driving around Kalbarri I strongly recommend a car or motorhome to give you the independence to explore this mid western part of WA.

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Kalbarri Shopping

  • SOUVENIRS

    I found the small town of Kalbarri didn't have much in the way of Souvenir shops. All I found was the Visitor Information Centre and the Kalbarri Newsagent.I was quite surprised to find such a good range of Souvenirs at the Newsagent, much better than at the info centre and cheaper too!I bought some wonderful postcards, quite different to anywhere...

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  • Rainbow Jungle

    The shop and visiting area in Rainbow Jungle has an amazing collection of gifts and crafts. A lot of course with a parrot theme but other wildlife feature as well. There are books, cards, placemats, toys, hanging mobiles and garden ornaments to name but a few of the choices

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  • General shopping

    Shopping in Kalbarri is adequate and about average for the area the staff are friendly and helpful, to the north end of town is the one-stop shop Ampol store and foodland, where you can fill up with petrol, buy gas, camping gear, ice and bait and hardware, the foodland has fresh fruit and vegetables, groceries, clothing and gifts. Fuel, fruit and...

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Kalbarri Local Customs

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    Fishing

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    No holiday to Kalbarri is complete until you have tried your luck at catching a fish. You can go beach fishing, charter a boat or just dangle a line from the jetty in town.

    We fish for the future by preserving fish stock and returning back to the water what we don't need.

    I'm gonna get one soon When is it my turn? I got one! Fishing from the jetty
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Kalbarri Warnings and Dangers

  • BE PREPARED!

    Kalbarri has a warm to hot climate all year round. This means that Winter is quite warm and you will need sunburn cream on, to wear a hat, long sleeves and good footwear so you won't twist your ankle, this is essential. Flies are a pest. You can deal with these a couple of ways. Buy a hat with a fly net that completely covers your face ( can be...

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  • PARK PASS

    To visit Kalbarri National Park, a park pass is needed. We found the two entry roads on the Ajana-Kalbarri road had a Ranger in attendance and we were able to buy our pass.If you are entering on foot or bicycle - NO FEE APPLIESThere are a few types of passes that you can choose from. Probably the most purchased pass is the DAY PASS which allows...

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  • READ THE INFORMATION BOARD

    Even though I am Australian and are used to walking many of the trails in the National Parks, I still check the Information Board located in the area where the trails begin. The information is important, as it will tell you about the track, how long it is and what Grade it is. Grades are used in Australian National Parks to define the difficulty of...

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Kalbarri Tourist Traps

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    Nature WIndow - not as big as you would...

    by Myndo Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    Not really a tourist trap, since the park itself is very nice with the plants and the landscape, especially the Murchison River.

    But on every prospect you see about this surrounding, they will mention the Nature window, mostly with a nice pic.

    Well there is the window, but it was a lot smaller than I have expected. As a comparison, I have placed myself in it for the picture.

    I would not say it was not worth it, but keep your expectations lower.

    Unique Suggestions: The road is interesting in itself, very yellow underground (no tar) and (since we had spring) a lot of plants with flowers around.

    Also the Murchinson River is a spectacular view.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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Kalbarri Off The Beaten Path

  • Hutt Lagoon aka Pink Lake

    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...

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  • Come fly with me...

    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...

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  • Murchison Gorge Z-bend

    High above the Murchison river there are fantastic views and photographic opportunities. If you are a hiker or keen walker there are 1 day to 4- 5-day excursions through the gorge.

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Kalbarri Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    The fishing in Kalbarri is great most of the year whether it be from the beach, rocks or out on a boat. The best catches are tailor and mulloway for beach anglers. If you are fishing in deeper waters then you will find catches of whiting, gardies, dart, herring, samson fish, trevally just to name a few. Some of the best fishing between Exmouth and...

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  • Kalbarri Surfing Scene

    South of Kalbarri are some great surf beaches. Look for the signs and follow the line of keen surfers.

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  • Sailing and Water Sports

    Along the beach in Kalbarri is a hire company offering sailing boats, paddle boats ,canoes etc. Rates are very affordable.

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Kalbarri Favorites

  • Plant life of Kalbarri

    Flowers of the Australian bush tend not to be huge, more subtle than displays you might encounter in other countries. In time you learn to appreciate the subtlety and accept them for what they are.At times in Western Australia (particularly spring) there are a veritable plethora of blooms that carpet the ground.Since I was at Kalbarri in June...

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  • Slip Slop Slap

    The sun down under can be fiercely hot and unrellenting causing one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The Slip Slop Slap campaign started way back in the 80's encouraging Aussies to protect their skin by Slipping on a shirt, Slopping on some sunscreen and Slapping on a hat."I love this sunburnt country,But not a sunburnt face.So...

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MUSHROOM ROCK TRAIL
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ARE THERE WILDFLOWERS ON TOP OF THE CLIFFS?
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RED BLUFF
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JAKE'S POINT
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RED BLUFF BEACH
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BLUE HOLES
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ZUYTDORP MEMORIAL
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CHINAMAN'S ROCK LOOKOUT
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FEEDING OF THE PELICANS
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KALBARRI ESPLANADE
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MEANNARA HILL LOOKOUT
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Z BEND & RIVER TRAIL & FOUR WAYS TRAIL
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WILDFLOWERS IN KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
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NATURE'S WINDOW
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ROCK GEOLOGY
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THE LOOP TRAIL
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BE AWARE OF THE HEAT!
Warnings and Dangers
ROSS GRAHAM LOOKOUT
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VISIT KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
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KALBARRI N/PARK - HAWKS HEAD
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Whales and Sandstone Arches
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Wildflowers
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Sandstone Formations
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Read the signs
Warnings and Dangers
Creatures of the day and night
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The mighty Murchison
Off The Beaten Path
The Highlight
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Eagle Gorge
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Natural Bridge
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The pelicans
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The Skolithos connection
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The amazing landscape
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Where the Murchison flows
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The essential shot
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The Kalbarri file
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Early days
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Blue and Gold Macaw
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Whale Watching
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Bigurda Trail
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Yellow-Tailed Cockatoo
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