Kalbarri Warnings and Dangers

  • Kalbarri National Park
    Kalbarri National Park
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    Kalbarri National Park
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    BE AWARE OF THE HEAT!

    by balhannah Written Dec 18, 2014

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    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 reach
    50°c or 122°F, especially in the Gorges. Without enough water with you nor enough shade on the trail, you could perish.

    The Parks and Wildlife Rangers suggest taking 3 litres of water with you per day, wear a Hat and clothes that are loose fitting with long sleeves.

    If you can, hike early morning, rest at mid-day when the sun is at its hottest and resume walking later in the afternoon when the heat is subsiding is best. Some of these trails involve clambering over rocks and up cliffs which all use up much needed energy.
    Take care, do all the right things and you will be quite ok enjoying this marvellous National Park.

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    READ THE INFORMATION BOARD

    by balhannah Written Dec 18, 2014

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    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 each track. Grade 1 is the easiest to walk whilst Grade 5 is the most difficult. Take this into account and decide whether your fit enough to do the walk. An estimated time is usually given for the round-trip. I have found I always complete the walk in a shorter time than estimated, they allow for a fairly leisurely walk.

    Stay on the track and don't wander off into the bush. Cliff top edges can be very unstable so stand back and enjoy the view!

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    PARK PASS

    by balhannah Written Jan 4, 2015

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    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 APPLIES

    There are a few types of passes that you can choose from. Probably the most purchased pass is the DAY PASS which allows entry to any National Park you visit that day. The pass covers the car, not the amount of people travelling in the car unless there are over a dozen.

    FEE FOR A ONE DAY PASS
    Motorcycle $6
    Other vehicle with 12 or fewer occupants $12 & $6 concession
    HOLIDAY PASS can be used for 4 weeks $44 no concession
    ANNUAL ALL PARKS PASS $88 and $55 concession

    Not all parks have entrance booths, so the Rangers rely on an honesty system. You can get caught out as you never know when the Ranger will turn up and check who has a pass.
    No pass, expect a fine.
    Do the right thing as all money goes to keeping the parks. That's why there's paved pathways, proper look-outs, free toilets, free bbqs, shelter sheds, interpretive boards and more.

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    BE PREPARED!

    by balhannah Written Jan 4, 2015

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    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 bought in Kalbarri) or buy Insect repellent and spray on you, this works well.

    In Summer the heat is fiercer, can be up to 50° and heat stroke can occur. Take plenty of water when walking one of the trails. You need to bring this with you as there isn't any water available in the park. Heat stroke can kill!
    Try to walk in the coolest parts of the day which is early morning and late afternoon, have a rest in the centre of the day when it is the hottest.
    At National Parks, there are NO rubbish bins so you have to take all rubbish away with you, so do just that, we don't want to spoil a lovely park!
    Keep to the tracks when walking as by going into the bush you spread disease and the native plants die with a disease known as "die back." It is a constant battle to save the wildflowers from this disease.
    Always leave details with the Ranger if you doing a very long walk. Mobile phones probably won't work. At least by doing this, if you haven't returned on the day you said, a search party will be sent out to find you.

    National parks usually have dirt roads that can be quite rough or very good, depending on when the grader has been through. If rough, do drive to the conditions and be courteous to other people on the road and slow down. Nobody likes rocks being thrown up and hitting their windscreen or being left in a huge dust-storm. Animals like Emus and Kangaroos appear from nowhere, so you do need to be able to stop in time!

    Kabarri National Park also includes a beautiful coastal area. Here you need to stay away from cliff edges as they are often undercut and brittle. Seas can be rough, so take care and beware of slippery rocks when walking. The wind is very strong along the coast and at times there are strong wind gusts that nearly blow you over.

    Just take care and you will have a wonderful time in the Kalbarri National Park.

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    Cross currents

    by Roadrunnermike Updated Oct 12, 2002

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    The only danger area I came across was when sailing in and out of the river mouth, it can be very rough as there are cross currents and the black rock which have to be negotiated, swimming and surfing definately a no no.

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    Read the signs

    by iandsmith Written Jul 6, 2010

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    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 the time and I've found that to be sage advice.
    You get hit with a substantial fine should you transgress.

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    Be aware of the heat, the sun and the flies!!

    by coolbananas Written Apr 3, 2003

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    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 (which is VERY hard)

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    The Reef

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2008

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    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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