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Kalbarri National Park

Experience the Murchison River and coastal gorges

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview :  Kalbarri National Park, covering an area of 183,004 hectares, was formally gazetted in 1963. The park is located on the lower reaches ... more »

Tips:  The national park surrounds the township of Kalbarri; 590 km, or six to seven hours drive, from Perth. Located at the mouth of the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ross Graham Lookout

This lookout was named after the first headmaster of the local school. He was a passionate advocate for the need to protect the Murchison River gorges within a national park. A 350 metre trail leads from the carpark to the river pools, making this the easiest place in the national park to access the river. This day use site has toilets and a... More

2. Hawks Head

A short path leads to a lookout providing expansive views over the Murchison River Gorge. The toilets, picnic shelter and lookout at Hawks Head have disabled access.

3. Z-Bend

A moderately easy 500m walk from the car park takes you to the Z-Bend, a rock lookout which overhangs the Murchison River. Visitors with a good level of fitness can also hike down into the gorge and access the river’s edge. At the carpark there is a gas barbecue, picnic shelter and toilets.

4. Natures Window and The Loop

Nature's Window, a wind-eroded opening in the layered sandstone, frames a view of the river. It is a moderate 800 metre return walk from the carpark. Keen and well prepared walkers can continue further into the gorge system and complete the eight kilometre Loop Trail – a challenging but spectacular walk. Along the way you’ll pass vantage points... More

5. Meanarra Hill

Meanarra Hill is an elevated vantage point that provides views over the town and the mouth of the Murchison River.

6. Red Bluff

From Red Bluff, extensive views south overlook colourful coastal limestone and sandstone ledges. A short, disabled access walk leads to lookouts where information signs explain the intriguing history of the area.

Just to the north of Red Bluff is Wittecarra Creek, believed to be the site of the first permanent landing of Europeans in Australia.... More

7. Mushroom Rock

The sedimentary rock formation found in the park’s gorges and along the coast is called Tumblagooda sandstone. Along the coast, wind and wave erosion has exposed layers of this sandstone in the cliffs that rise more than 100m above the ocean. Mushroom Rock is an interesting viewpoint from which to see how the natural forces of wind and water have ... More

8. Rainbow Valley

Sands and silts containing an assortment of minerals have layered, compacted and weathered to form this spectrum in stone. Rainbows may be seen in the sea mist.

9. Pot Alley

The view south from the carpark truly captures the splendour and beauty of this coast. Take the walk down to the small beach, one of the few beaches along this cliff-dominated coastline.

10. Eagle Gorge

The views from the Eagle Gorge Lookout are stunning. You can enjoy the panorama from the crest or wander down into the tranquil depths of the gorge where you will discover a delightful beach. The eight kilometre Bigurda Trail hugs the coastline between here and Natural Bridge providing stunning coastal views. You can walk all or part of this trail... More

11. Shellhouse and Grandstand

Continual pounding by the Indian Ocean claims massive chunks of this soft limestone coast, leaving remnant cliff formations. The cliffs glow in the late afternoon as the setting sun shines on the sandstone rock faces.

12. Island Rock

The resilient Island Rock was once part of the shoreline, but now stands as a solitary 'sea stack'. Viewing platforms a short distance from the carpark provide spectacular views of this geological oddity.

13. Natural Bridge

This is a great place for a picnic, while taking in the stunning natural surroundings. There are two lookouts, a toilet and picnic shelter, all of which have disabled access. The cliff-top lookouts are a great place for spotting a wide variety of marine life including whales and dolphins. Natural Bridge is also the southern trailhead for the... More