Kalbarri Travel Guide

  • Hawks Head Lookout
    Hawks Head Lookout
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  • Hawks Head Lookout
    Hawks Head Lookout
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  • Wildflowers @ Hawks Head Lookout
    Wildflowers @ Hawks Head Lookout
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Kalbarri Things to Do

  • Z BEND & RIVER TRAIL & FOUR WAYS TRAIL

    All of these trails begin in another area of Kalbarri National Park. By this time I was feeling pretty tired, so all I did was the shortest which happened to be the Z Bend Trail. The trail is a 1.2km return, class 3 walking trail that departs from the car park. It was quite and easy trail, although expect uphill on the way back. I saw more...

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  • WILDFLOWERS IN KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK

    Before coming to Kalbarri National Park, I had read over 1,000 different species of wildflowers have been found in the park. As a lover of flowers I was quite eager to see how many I could find.We had come from Morowa where the paddocks were carpeted in Everlasting Daisies, here would not be the case. I would have to walk and look for them. I found...

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  • NATURE'S WINDOW

    This is a must do!For me and many others, Natures Window would have to be one of the most stunning sights and most photographed sights in Kalbarri National Park.Nature's Window is a wonderful natural creation made this way by the wind. In the centre is a gaping hole from where there are wonderful views of the Murchison river. This natural formation...

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  • ROCK GEOLOGY

    The rock geology of this National Park is really something to see and shouldn't be missed!At Nature's Window I saw orange/red and white banded rocks and rippled surfaces that were formed by waves moving over tidal flats in a shallow sea approx. 400 million years ago. These red and white banded rocks can be seen through most of the river gorge. The...

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  • THE LOOP TRAIL

    The Loop trail is one of the harder walks to do in Kalbarri National Park. It is described as a "challenging but spectacular walk through the gorge system." The walk is 8km return, too far for me to walk, so the only part I did was the first section which forms part of the trail to Nature's Window. I imagine if you had the time and energy, it would...

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  • ROSS GRAHAM LOOKOUT

    When we were at the Entry Station to the Kalbarri National Park, the Ranger told us to go to Hawks Head first and then to Ross Graham Lookout. Both of these scenic attractions are entered via the one entry point, so if you have bought a DAY PASS, then you would need to see both in the one day. Neither should be missed!The Ross Graham Lookout was...

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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

  • 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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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.

    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

  • 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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  • BE AWARE OF THE HEAT!

    Hot weather walking in the Kalbarri National Park is not to be taken as a zinch! OK, most of the trails are good, some are quite demanding and on some you can cool off in the Murchison River.You need to be aware when visiting in Summer, that daytime temperatures can reach50°c or 122°F, especially in the Gorges. Without enough water with you nor...

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  • 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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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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    • 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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