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 and 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.
Perched right on the cliff-top, two 100-metre-high lookouts project 25 and 17 metres beyond the rim of the Murchison Gorge. Visitors can venture out onto the new Kalbarri Skywalk and enjoy incredible views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding environment.
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).
Drinking water is not available in Kalbarri National Park so always carry your own supply.
Temperatures can be extreme in the summer months. It is recommended that you plan your hikes for the cooler months (May to October). When hiking, stay safe – hike early in the morning, carry and drink 3 to 4 litres of water per person per day, wear a hat, loose clothing and sturdy footwear. The Loop Trail is closed after 7am during the warmer months from November to March inclusive.
For overnight hikes, walk in a group of at least five experienced people - the smallest group considered self-sufficient in an emergency. Overnight groups must register before the hike either in person at Kalbarri Park Headquarters or via email. Longer/overnight hikes are not permitted during the warmer months (November to March).
Download free geo-referenced maps of Kalbarri National Park from the Avenza smartphone app.