Kalbarri Travel Guide

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    Fishermen on the sandbar
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Kalbarri Highlights

  • Pro
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     Long summers, short winters 

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     Bushflies and strong winds 

  • In a nutshell
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     Fantastic place for year round sunshine 

Kalbarri Things to Do

  • Whales and Sandstone Arches

    One of the stops allowed us to walk down and see the arches carved out of the sandstone by the sea. I think this is similar to the ones my cousin saw in Hawaii, and the ones that used to be in Aruba. We also saw some whales but I didn't get a picture because someone put his camera in front of mine just as I was taking a picture.

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  • Wildflowers

    Even in the Australian winter there are wildflowers in the park. There would have been more if we had visited a little later toward the spring, but even when we visited there were some very unusual and pretty ones.

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  • Sandstone Formations

    Our guide said the Murchison River was a few million years old and carve a massive gorge through the park. Our guide compared this to the Grand Canyon. It's very pretty, but it is no Grand Canyon. I walked down to the overlook and took photos of the river and sandstone formations

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  • Creatures of the day and night

    It often surprises me that when people go into the Australian outback they don't really think that maybe other forms of life live there.Far and away the most abundant at Kalbarri National Park are the flies and, where you have flies, you have things that eat them.Spiders proliferate (pics 1 & 3) and there are many small birds as well, such as the...

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  • The Highlight

    For me, the best part of Kalbarri is the coastal walks and the pick of them is Mushroom Rocks Walk.If you're not into geology then some of the walk may be lost on you but it's only an hour and a half (you could do it in a lot less than that) and you'll see some of the most stunning formations you're likely to see in W.A.

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  • Natural Bridge

    Here is a formation you can see at a few places around the Australian coastline.Also, if you look closely, you can see where the top layer of Tamala limestone that was put down a mere 2 million years ago, has collapsed and fallen into the ocean.

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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

  • 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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  • Greyhound to Kalbarri

    Greyhound Pioneer buses from Perth drop passengers at the Ajana turn-off on the highway, to be met by a shuttle bus on Monday, Thursday and Saturday only

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Kalbarri Shopping

  • 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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    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.

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Kalbarri Warnings and Dangers

  • Read the signs

    It's not for nothing they put their signs up warning you not to camp in certain places. Bob and I got kicked out of one spot with a warning that it would cost us dearly if we spent the night where we were (near the estuary).There's a wise adage someone on the road once told me; "Stay just outside the town lights". We were discussing free camping at...

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  • The Reef

    Be careful if walking out on the reefs, there may be the occasional blue-ringing octopus in the area. Also be aware of rising swells if fishing on the beach or rocks.

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  • Be aware of the heat, the sun and the...

    When you visit Kalbarri you should be aware of the extreme heat and the sun. Make sure you always have enough water with you when you go for a hike and apply lots of suncream. Another annoying feature of the heat is the amount of flies, especially when you're having something to eat. The best thing to do is to stay inside or try to get used to it...

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Kalbarri Tourist Traps

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    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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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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