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Nature's Window (Inland Gorges)
Pot Alley (Coastal Gorges)
to Kalbarri Western Australia
Kalbarri, more than any other resort
town in Western Australia, is perfectly suited for the individual,
couple or family looking for a variety of options for their holiday.
Put on your leisure wear, add a bit of
vitality, and it won’t be long before those great vacation memories
begin stacking up. Do your favourite thing or try something new. You
will find it all in Kalbarri.
The Kalbarri National Park abounds with
potential and is one of the most exciting and spectacular in Western
Australia. Water sports on the lower reaches of the Murchison River
are many and varied, too. Offshore, the marine life is without
rival. Dolphins and whales frequent the coastal fringe and fishing
is excellent throughout the year.
Most of the reasonably priced tours on
offer include the National Park. Where entry fees, safety gear and
everything else you need to enjoy yourself to the fullest is
available. Some operators even include snacks or meals.
Details of most tours and activities
are available from the Kalbarri Visitor Centre, which also has
credit card and EFTPOS facilities and daily booking information.
While you might feel like Kalbarri is
your own special holiday discovery, it might interest you to know
that it has been a popular relaxation destination for well over 150
The abundance of clean, pure fresh
water made it an ideal respite for early Cornish miners. Their
leases were right in the Murchison River bed, upstream of what is
now the National Park. They were subject to periodic flooding from
distant cyclonic rains. Once closed, the mines could take weeks to
dry out. So it was off to the coast for well earned R&R.
While you may not have nearly as much
time as a Cornish miner, you do have the advantage of good,
all-weather roads and plenty of amenities on arrival. From the daily
newspaper to a whole variety of new and established shops and
services there is little you will miss out on during your holiday.
An excellent range of groceries, ice
and bait are available throughout the town; camping supplies, too.
You can find a unique gift for that special friend, make a fashion
statement, spoil yourself rotten or even tie the knot!
Kalbarri is blessed with a unique
marine environment and it won’t take too long to see this for
yourself… clean, safe beaches side by side with penultimate surfing
breaks; towering sandstone cliffs bordering coastal reef fringes;
and, thanks to a warm offshore current, Kalbarri exhibits both
tropical and subtropical species of marine life in abundance.
Take it all in on an organised tour or
use your own transport. Go by boat, take a scenic flight, trek the
cliff tops or cycle to the lookouts. Try a little of each or do it
The weather is great all year round,
the marine life amazing and the coastline is spectacular and without
Information, literature, bookings and
National Park Passes are available at the Kalbarri Visitor Centre in
the Kalbarri Visitor Centre -
www.kalbarri.org.au (creators of this script and the
current KYLI Holiday Planner for 2010).
into Kalbarri is a scenic delight
For years, all but the most adventurous
four-wheel driver had to be satisfied with just one route into
Kalbarri. However, all that changed in June 2000 with the opening of
a new all-weather sealed southern access road.
For locals and visitors alike, this is
an opportunity to experience safe motoring with unparalleled
scenery. It is a journey to be enjoyed.
The road link leaves the North-West
Coastal Highway at Northampton and is well marked as the alternative
and scenic route to Horrocks, Port Gregory and Kalbarri. For
caravanners, probably its biggest advantage is the lack of all that
road train traffic so prevalent on the main highway (NB I added
Horrocks because it is on the sign at Northampton).
After Northampton, the road winds
through rolling hills and breakaways country which you only get a
hint of when you are on the main highway. You can experience some of
the most picturesque grazing land in the Mid West, and its peaceful
look and lazy pace quickly sets the mood for your holiday in
The road then works its way down to the
coastal strip, and a side trip to Port Gregory is well worth the
effort. There you will find a caravan park, chalets and a small
fishing fleet in the lobster season.
The townsite goes back a long way and
was the original shipping port for the region’s lead mines. History
abounds, and up in the foothills you can see the old convict ruins
and the Governor’s mansion. Their restoration is an ongoing project
of the local historical society, and they are well worth a visit.
A few more kilometres on, you pass one
of Australia’s few garnet mines, with its burgundy-coloured mineral
deposits in the west, the colour spills over to the pink lake, a
Beta-Carotene Algae farm capitalising on the warm sunny days which
produce this much sought-after dietary supplement in abundant
The road then rises into the hills in
the east, with spectacular views of the coastal dunes and the sea
beyond. This is the area known as Lucky Bay and Wagoe Beach, a long
kept secret of locals looking for an escape and a bit of adventure.
You’ll find a number of tours available
in Kalbarri which take in the spectacular scenery of the dunes from
close-up, and a day trip to Lucky Bay and Wagoe is well worth the
The last 20 kilometres is through the
National Park, with glimpses of Kalbarri and the Murchison River off
in the distance. Any time of the year it is beautiful, with the
wildflower season being truly exceptional, and as you descend to the
town, you will already feel yourself slipping into holiday mode.
Each morning at 8.45am, head to the
grassed area between the river mouth and the Visitor Centre for your
chance to feed the Pelicans.
Find out more about these majestic birds as you throw them a morning
Ah, that special river. So unique, so
pristine, so much a part of the Kalbarri experience. The Murchison
is very much the reason for Kalbarri’s existence, for unlike any
other river on the Mid West coast, the Murchison is alive, vital and
without a doubt, spectacular. Its catchment area is bigger than some
At rest its gorges are a scenic
delight. In flood its power is awesome. During winter rains it
rivals a Garden of Eden. In the dead heat of summer it is a means of
survival for native and feral animals alike.
Only a few million years young, it has
carved a gorge through the ancient and spectacular Tumblagooda
Sandstone. The contrast of brownish red and purple against bands of
white, is one of the wonders of the National Park, and draws
thousands of visitors each year. Its banded sandstone layers are
rich with trace fossils dating back to the very dawn of life.
Today the Murchison is home to Eagles,
Songbirds and Wetland Waders alike – nearly 200 species, if you care
to count them, and they attract as many “birdos” every year as the
wildflowers do their own enthusiastic. Emus sip from the river’s
edge; Sea Eagles pluck its abundant fish life, dozens of Black Swans
breed in its shallow pools.
Its tidal reaches abound in fish –
bream, whiting, mulloway and much more. It is also home to Blue
Manna’s, Mud Crabs and untold shell life throughout the year. Whales
frequent the entrance and Dolphins play in the lower reaches,
chasing fat Mullet in to the anchorage.
The Murchison is here for you to enjoy.
This is a river you can explore to your heart’s delight. It is the
centrefold of the trek you will always remember, the canoe trip you
will never forget. The connection is almost spiritual. Wade the
shallows, take in a sunset from an inner beach and enjoy the
evening’s reflection from the sidewalk café. See it in the autumn
mist; watch it shimmer in the summer midday heat. Give is a chance
and it just might become your reason for being here too.
The many and varied features of
Kalbarri National Park provide visitors with an array of things to
see and do.
Marvel at nature’s ability to carve the
landscape. Explore the depths and heights of the river gorges and
sea cliffs. Admire the floral beauty of the vast, rolling sand
plains. Discover the intriguing cultural history of the area.
Easy access is provided to many
stunning lookouts but beyond that, walkers need to be prepared and
very aware of the natural hazards and their safety.
Heat stroke can kill: Summer
temperatures can be extremely high in the river gorges. Often 10
degrees hotter than in town, so wear a hat and loose fitting
clothing and carry plenty of drinking water. Walk in the early
morning or late afternoon.
Water: Drinking water is not available
in the National Park, so always carry your own supply. During hot
conditions it is recommended that you allow 3 to 4 litres of water
per person per day.
Coast and Cliff Risk Area: Stay clear
of cliff edges and overhangs. Keep to paths and lookouts where
provided. Beware of slippery rocks and big seas.
Clothing and Footwear: Sturdy footwear,
a hat, sunscreen and fly nets (available at local supermarkets and
post office) are essential ingredients to help make your National
Park visit a happy and safe one. NB repellents don’t work.
Roads: The roads to the parks coastal
sites are sealed. The road into the inland gorge sites at Hawk’s
Head and Ross Graham have also been sealed. Park roads to the Loop
and Z-Bend remain unsealed but are suitable for all traffic.
We don’t recommend campervans to travel
on this road, please check with the visitor centre for current road
Several lookouts are positioned around
The Loop to provide different views of the winding gorge below. A
key attraction is Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch that superbly
frames the upstream view, and is a 400-metre walk from the carpark.
For those eager for adventure, the 8km Loop Walk Trail beginning and
ending at Nature’s Window, provides an unforgettable gorge
The rugged terrain and relative
seclusion of the Murchison Gorge attracts thousands of visitors each
year. Short walks provide moderate easy access to lookouts along the
river gorge at the Loop, Z-Bend, Hawk’s Head and Ross Graham
For those with greater levels of
fitness and experience, there are many gorge hiking options
available – from one-day excursions to 4 or 5 day extended hikes.
Further information about these hikes is available from the National
Park Headquarters Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
Office and it is a strict requirement that all overnight groups
register with Park staff before making the trip.
Enjoy the views from the picnic area or
wander down the newly constructed wheelchair accessible path to the
new lookout above the river.
This site provides the easiest place in
the park to access the river, with a short walk from the carpark
bringing you to the tranquillity of the shaded river’s edge.
A 500-metre walk from the Carpark
brings you to the most breathtaking scenery in the National Park.
From the safety of the lookout, the gorge plunges 150 metres to the
river below where majestic river Redgums provide a lush contrast to
the earthy hews of the Tumblagooda Sandstone.
Beginning in late June, the dry,
parched sandplain heath of Kalbarri National Park visually erupts
into a lush Garden of Eden. From then until the end of November (a
full five months!) nearly 800 species of West Australian native
wildflowers will progressively burst into bloom for the entire world
If you are fortunate enough to time
your visit with the wildflower season, you couldn’t do better than
to phone ahead of stop at the Kalbarri Visitor Centre for the latest
information. They receive constant updates from the local guides as
to which flowers are currently blooming and where they can be found.
The Visitor Centre also serves as a
booking agent for the specialty wildflower tours run each season and
can advise you on departure times, length of tour and special
features. You couldn’t do better than to start your wildflower
search right from the centre of town!
Remember… all wildflowers are protected
under state law and it is an offence to pick them.
From Red Bluff, named by Willen de
Vlamingh in 1697, spectacular coastal cliffs extend 13km to the
Park’s southern boundary and offer panoramic views, Whale watching
sites and secluded beaches.
See how nature has shaped this dramatic
coastal landscape. Marvel at the varied geological formations and
witness Kangaroos feeding (best seen dawn and dusk) amidst the
beautiful coastal heath. Allow an hour to stroll the marked circuit
that connects Rainbow Valley and Mushroom Rock.
and Natural Bridge
As the coastline slowly yields to the
force of the ocean, the fracturing and decaying of the cliffs sculpt
some rather precarious rock formations. Spectacular views can be
enjoyed from the safety of the lookout enclosures. Wheelchair
accessible picnic shelter and toilets have also been newly
Pot Alley &
Both sites provide stunning coastal
scenery and stepped paths to secluded beaches.
South of the Kalbarri township is
Wittecarra Creek – thought to be marooning site of Dutch sailors
punished for their part in the Batavia mutiny at the Abrolhos
Islands in 1629. Wittecarra is today a popular fishing spot.
Red Bluff heralds the start of the
coastal gorges and is well known for its scenery, snorkelling and
fishing. Red Bluff also boasts white a sandy beach, ideal for
Jacques (Jakes) is renowned among surfers for
its superb reef break. Waves break along the point, meaning
spectators on the beach can gain close up views of the surfing
action. Jacques Bay offers a safer wave for less experienced surfers
and white sandy beaches for sun lovers.
Kalbarri has any number of exciting
ways in which you can explore the town and the surrounding National
Park, either on your own or as part of a group. You can relax in the
comfort of a coach or a 4WD vehicle as you take in the delights of
the gorges or the colourful carpet of wildflowers. You can paddle
the mighty Murchison River in a canoe, or sit back and watch the
spectacular scenery go gliding by from the deck of a river cruiser,
or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can try some abseiling
or an adrenalin charged, off-shore adventure reaching speeds up to
Whatever takes your fancy. You’ll love it!
The seasonal migration of humpback
whales bring them close to the Kalbarri shoreline in winter and
spring. The best vantage points are to be found high above the water
at sites such as Natural Bridge, Eagle Gorge and Red Bluff.
Kalbarri boasts some of the best,
easily accessible, all-year round shore and boat angling between
Perth and Exmouth. Deep water adjacent to the shoreline and the
cliffs provide an environment where anything is possible.
Tailor and Mulloway are the main
targets for shore anglers. However, Whiting, Gardies, Dart, Samson
Fish, Herring, Small Threadfin Salmon, Skipjack, Trevally,
Black-tipped Whaler Shark and various reef fish such as Snapper,
Jewfish, Groper and Cod are all encountered within close proximity
Anglers have also been delighted with
catches of Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and Dolphin Fish.
Estuary fishing can yield Whiting,
Mulloway and occasionally Chopper Tailor and at times both Blue
Swimmer and Mangrove Crabs frequent the Murchison River. Further
upstream (accessed by dinghy or 4WD) the reward for patience may
come in the form of some good-sized Black Bream.
Please remember that most of the reefs
and rocky shoreline can be dangerous under rough conditions. Do not
take unnecessary risks. Also, the river mouth can be hazardous under
certain conditions. Please check with local Voluntary Marine Rescue
if you are unsure.
Accommodation has always been an
integral part of the Kalbarri holiday experience and this is as true
today as any time in the past. Whatever your holiday style or
budget, you are in for a treat.
If you are a camper or caravan
traveller, Kalbarri is where you will make new friends from across
the country and around the world. It is a place where people who
love to travel meet in the well-appointed caravan parks scattered
across the town and along the coast.
It is also a place where individuals,
couples and families can stay in safe, clean, well appointed bed and
breakfasts, lodges or holiday villas with lots of room for everyone.
It is where fishers, trekkers and flower enthusiasts alike seek
comfortable respite from the day’s adventures. Near to town, near to
the beach and near to your heart by holiday’s end.
For those wanting to spoil themselves
there is much on offer too. Here’s a chance to let someone else take
care of the domestic duties while you enjoy quality hotel, motel or
resort accommodation. Lap the pool, swing a club or relax with a
good book. This is laid-back holiday mode at its best.
Whatever your choice of budget and
style for the next holiday, booking in advance is always wise, even
in the low season. Twelve months in advance for peak periods is wise
also. Much new accommodation has been built in anticipation of
visitors coming by the new access road and your choice is bigger and
better than ever.
The Kalbarri Visitor Centre can assist
with all holiday accommodation needs, seven days a week!
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The Western Rock Lobster Fishery of
Kalbarri accounts for about one tenth of Western Australia’s total
catch and is a vital part of the local economy.
Considered a delicacy all over the
world, Kalbarri Lobster is available from a number of venues around
town and in season this can mean only minutes from the sea to your
Most Kalbarri restaurants feature fresh
seafood daily and whether it is Lobster or a good old fish ‘n’
chips, you can be sure you are in for a culinary delight.
Dining in Kalbarri is an essential part
of the holiday experience.
All restaurants offer light or
substantial meals throughout the day and well into the evening.
Dress is universally casual; menus and ambience vary greatly.
Kalbarri is a pleasant 45-minute ride
off the North West Coastal Highway. The way in from the north or
south is on sealed surface and is very scenic whichever way you
enter. Seasonal rains or the flooding of the Murchison River does
not affect access to the town from the highway. Tune to 88fm Tourist
Radio for town information.
Kalbarri tours, attractions,
accommodation houses and restaurants are in operation throughout the
year. Except for school holidays or local festivals, accommodation
is seldom booked out, but calling in advance is always wise. Consult
the current paperback Kalbarri You’ll Love It! - Holiday Planner
available in all West Australian Visitor Centres for accommodation,
or contact the Kalbarri Visitor Centre directly.
I have just returned from the latest of a series of Kalbarri visits.
This was the first time I have encountered Sand Fleas/Sand Flies.
Most of our time, over twelve days, we were near water on sandy
beaches and river beds. We were never conscious of being bitten but
after several days we began to suffer the most appalling itching. It
was seriously painful and sleep became almost impossible.
Our Doctor had no doubt that these were
sand fly bites. Relief for the itching was easy, painless and cheap.
But we had not immediately gone to the Doctor and in searching the
Internet we had become confused. The internet led us to worry about
whether we had been bitten by Fleas or Flies but the range of other
potential causes included truly alarming things like Hives, Scabies
and Bed Bugs. It is a sad reality that people who are experiencing a
level of discomfort like ours often leap to the wrong conclusion and
make unwarranted and damaging accusations.
Anyone taking a holiday on coastal
plains, in warm parts of Australia should visit their pharmacist
before leaving home and keep in their glovebox any of the cheap and
very effective medications which quickly relieve the miserable
discomfort of sand-fly bites.
On holiday you just don't want to know
about worries like these. [See
the Kalbarri Visitor Centre
(creators of this script and the
current KYLI Holiday Planner for 2010).
All photography by David Belfield