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Kalbarri's Best Swimming Spots

Kalbarri's Best Swimming Spots

04 February 2020

One of the questions we get asked all the time is where are the best spots to swim in Kalbarri. With Kalbarri situated where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean there are plenty of areas to swim but we have narrowed it down to the top three. We hope you enjoy exploring these natural wonders on your next visit to Kalbarri.

Blue Holes

This is the hidden gem of swimming spots in Kalbarri and the perfect place to enjoy some snorkelling and a lazy float in the Indian Ocean. It is located along the Red Bluff Road/George Grey Drive (southern entrance/exit road to Kalbarri).

What makes it so special?

The protected water and rock pools. It is mother nature’s aquarium with a plethora of fish and marine life to see. Add to that, the tranquil crystal clear waters allowing full visibility of the sea floor below, it really is a wonderful place to visit and safe for the kids to enjoy too! Even if you are not partial to snorkelling, we highly recommend at least taking some goggles to enjoy the underwater view.

Why is it called Blue Holes?

The reef has irregular depressions – or ‘holes’ – thus the apt name given to this stretch of coast.

* Image courtesy of Kalbarri Visitors Centre and MKZ imagery

Chinaman’s Beach

This is the most accessible and popular beach being situated right on the centre of Kalbarri. It is great for families due to the calm shallow waters and white sandy stretch of beach. Location wise you really can't get any better with a walking/riding path running the full length of the beach, plus there are plenty of parking bays to choose from as well.

Some other great features of this family friendly beach are it backs onto the natural playground and is close to shaded parkland, toilets and across the road from cafes when hunger strikes. Want to save eating out for dinner when the kids aren't covered head to toe in sand (because let's face it, they will be!)? No problem. There are barbecue and picnic tables on the grass bank directly behind the beach so you can cook up your sausage sizzle and still keep your spot.

Want to indulge in some activity whilst you are there? You can hire paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards, canoes and kayaks allowing you to further explore the Murchison River.  These are available directly on the beach from the Kalbarri Boat Hire - they are open 7.30am to 5.00pm every day.   For snorkelling and scuba diving, you can visit the Kalbarri Sport and Dive Shop.  We have provided their details below. 

If you are there at the right time of day, you'll be able to enjoy watching the crayfish boats coming back with their fresh catch of the day - it's a lovely sight!

One of the things to note: this is the only non-fishing beach in Kalbarri so if you were hoping to cast a line, you might want to check out our blog post on Kalbarri fishing spots - click here.

Jake’s Point

Famous for its iconic left-hander break this spot is more for the surfing enthusiasts (and with breaks from two foot high, it is best ridden by experienced surfers only) than for an afternoon of casual swimming. If you are just starting out on your surfing journey, Jake’s Bay is more suited and a safer option. 

It is located a short drive south of Kalbarri and is heralded as one of the state’s most famous remote surfing breaks.

Kalbarri Sport and Dive Shop - for all your sporting needs

They are located in the centre of town at Shop 3, Kalbarri Arcade, Porter Street, Kalbarri.  Phone number: (08) 9937 1126.

Opening hours 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays)

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