Kalbarri National Park is one of Western Australia’s best known National Parks, with its scenic gorges though red and white banded sandstone and its soaring coastal cliffs, it is very easy to see why it is so popular and a must see. Wild flowers bird life are just some of the beauty that abounds this sensational National Park
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Kalbarri National Park surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80 kilometre gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window/The Loop, Z-Bend and Hawks Head, with scenic gorge views at the Ross Graham Lookout and views of the town and river mouth at Meanarra Hill.
Soaring sea cliffs
Along the coast, wind and wave erosion has exposed the sedimentary layers in the sandstone cliffs that plunge more than 100 metres to the ocean. Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock, Rainbow Valley, Eagle Gorge, Island Rock and the Natural Bridge are among the best-known features of this rugged coast.
Kalbarri’s exceptional wildflowers are at their best in spring and early summer. At the mouth of the Murchison River is the town of Kalbarri, which supports thriving fishing and tourism industries and provides a base for park visitors.
Kalbarri National Park is popular for sightseeing, picnicking, abseiling, rafting and canoeing (only after heavy rains and only if you are experienced, well equipped and have first contacted park rangers for advice).
Due to the hazardous terrain, groups undertaking long hikes should consist of at least five experienced people – the smallest group considered self-sufficient in an emergency. Overnight groups must notify a park ranger before and after completing the hike.
Kalbarri is a great place to visit; so much to do. Last time we visited we stayed at Murchison House station, which was a pleasant surprise, as most people don’t get to see the northern side of the Murchison River