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Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park

11 February 2020

All you need to know to visit the Kalbarri National Park

We are proud to have one of Western Australia’s most spectacular parks in Kalbarri and with so much to see and do, we highly recommend visiting at least once to take in the wonders of mother nature.

About Kalbarri National Park

It is located 560 kms north of Perth in what is known as the mid-west region of Western Australia and expands over 186,000 hectares. One of the major geographical features of the park is the lower reaches of the Murchison river which over time has cut 80 kilometres of gorge through the red and white banded sandstone. Some of the most well-known attractions and examples of the gorge formations are Nature’s Window, The Loop, Z-Bend and Hawks Head.

The two faces of the Kalbarri National Park

The Kalbarri National Park encircles the township of Kalbarri creating two distinctly different landscapes. To the east of Kalbarri, you can enjoy the Murchison river gorges and beautiful rock formations, and to the south of Kalbarri, in stark contrast, are the towering ocean cliffs.

Both can be visited with ease as all access roads are sealed and scenic walking paths can be found running along the coastal cliffs and at the major attraction points within the inland Murchison River gorges.

What else is there to see at the Kalbarri National Park? The Wildflowers of course!

Well apart from the beautiful inland gorges and breathtaking coastal cliffs, we also lay claim to having the largest variety of wildflowers in the world. That’s a huge 1,100 species that grow right here in Kalbarri and nowhere else. We think that’s pretty amazing!

July to October is the best time to enjoy the Wildflower season and with over 12,000 species blooming, the mid-west region of Western Australia comes alive with colour.

If your visit does happen to coincide with the wildflower season, we suggest heading the Kalbarri Visitor Centre where you can get up-to-date information on what flowers are blooming and where. You can also purchase a Kalbarri Wildflowers pocket sized book for $9.95 to help you identify the wildflower species when visiting the region.

Accessing the Kalbarri National Park – Inland Gorges

The inland gorge sites are open from 6am to 6pm daily – or from sunrise to sunset. The cost for a daily pass is $15 per vehicle carrying no more than 12 passengers. $8 for concession holders.

If you are expecting to visit the area more than once on your holiday, we recommend purchasing a Holiday Park Pass which entitles you to unlimited visits within a 4 week period and costs $48 (up to 8 passengers only).

All inland gorge sites have sealed roads and are suitable for both 2WD and 4WD vehicles.

Accessing the Kalbarri National Park – Coastal Cliffs

here are several lookout points along the coastal cliffs where you can park and walk the coastal pathways to take in the spectacular views. All are free of charge and can be easily accessed by all levels.

Frequently Asked Questions – Kalbarri National Park

How to get to the Kalbarri National Park Inland Gorges from Kalbarri town?

It takes around 25 minutes of travel time heading east of Kalbarri town. If you are staying with us at the Kalbarri Beach Resort, we are located directly on the road which takes you the National Park entrances.

Directions: 

Take the Ajana-Kalbarri Road east out of Kalbarri (Clotworthy Street turns into Ajana-Kalbarri Road) and you will see clear sign posts for the Loop/Z-Bend turn off, and Ross Graham Lookout/Hawkes Head turn off.

Click here for a link to the Kalbarri Visitors Centre map.

How to get Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs from Kalbarri town?

They coastal cliffs are a short 10 minute drive south of Kalbarri along the George Grey Drive. There are four main lookouts all easily accessible by car with car parking and onsite toilets available; Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock, Pot Alley and Eagle Gorge.

Click here for a link to the Kalbarri Visitors Centre map. 

When is the best time to visit the inland gorges?

The park is open from sunrise to sunset so you can visit anytime of the day, however, we do recommend visiting early morning (before 7am) in the summer months as the park temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees. We highly recommend taking fresh water for drinking as the park does not offer fresh drinking fountains.

Can you swim in the National Park?

Swimming is permitted in the National Park so make sure you pack your bathers and sunscreen. We do recommend exercising caution if the water is not clear as there may be rocks and sticks on the river bed.  The Z-Bend is one of the most popular spots for taking a cooling dip after finishing the trail climb down.  

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately not. Not even if they are kept in your vehicle.

Can we camp at the Kalbarri National Park?

The Kalbarri National Park is a day site only and therefore no camping is permitted.

What type of vehicle can access the Kalbarri National Park?

All 2WD and 4WD vehicles can access the park and all roads to the main attraction sites are sealed. Caravans and Trailers are not permitted. If you have a trailer attached to your vehicle, there is a designated ‘drop and leave zone’ where you can park your trailer whilst you visit the national park located by the Loop Z-Bend entrance on the Loop Z-Bend Road. For more information please see the map here.

Are there toilets?

Yes both the coastal lookouts and the inland gorge attractions have toilets.

Where can I pay the park entry fees?

You can pay at the park entrances or at the Kalbarri Visitors Centre.

What does Tumblagooda Sandstone mean?

If you hear the word Tumblagooda mentioned, it is the term given to the geological formation deposited in the Silurian or Ordovician periods, between four and five hundred millions years ago, and is now exposed in the river gorges and coastal cliffs in Kalbarri. The Tumblagooda Sandstone is a sedimentary rock deposited as successive layers of sand - these layers form the colourful banding of red and white seen in the inland gorges and coastal cliffs. For more detailed information we recommend visiting the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Trace-fossils-of-the-Tumblagooda-16687.aspx


Kalbarri Visitors Centre

70 Grey Street

Kalbarri, WA, 6536

Telephone:  (09) 9937 1104

www.kalbarri.org.au




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