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  • April 13, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Coastal Cliffs of Kalbarri

Coastal Cliffs of Kalbarri

Renowned for ruggedly stunning coastal cliffs and rust red river gorges, Kalbarri offers a wealth of activities and attractions. Kalbarri is a picturesque seaside town located 590 Kms north of Perth, midway along Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

Sunset over the Murchison River, Kalbarri

Sunset over the Murchison River, Kalbarri

The town itself is located on the estuary of the Murchison River, which is an ideal playground for all types of water sports such as swimming, kayaking, fishing or snorkelling in the aqua blue waters. The Kalbarri National Park which covers an area of 186,000 hectares and encircles the town, can be explored by car, on foot or on a canoe or kayak tour through the deep river gorges.

Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs

16 Kms south of Kalbarri is the beginning of the spectacular coastal cliffs which change from ochre to a deep rust red colour contrasting against the deep blue aquamarine of the pounding ocean. The sites are well sign-posted and offer walking trails and pathways to viewing platforms and lookouts over the coastline.

Coastal Cliffs Walkway

Coastal Cliffs Walkway

There is Natural Bridge, Island Rock, Shellhouse Grandstand, Eagle Gorge, Mushroom Rock and Rainbow Valley Walk Trail, Red Bluff and Pot Alley. All spectacular in their own right and worth the effort of the short drive and walk into.

Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs

Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs

Kalbarri Beaches

Now depending on what sort of water activity you are interested in, there is an aquatic location around Kalbarri that will suit your needs. There is the river foreshore which is the ideal location to spend the day and swim or fish in the safe, calm water or take a stroll on the sandy beach.

Murshison River Estuary Foreshore, Kalbarri

Murshison River Estuary Foreshore, Kalbarri

Blue Holes is a Fish Habitat Protection Area and as such, the ideal place for snorkellers to enjoy the coral gardens and over 70 species of fish in the clear aqua waters. Chinaman’s Beach in the Murchison River is also a great spot for a safe swim as it offers protection from the ocean swells and currents.

Blue Holes, Kalbarri

Blue Holes, Kalbarri

Jakes Bay is the place where the big waves break on a point break and is popular with surfers of all levels of ability. Red Bluff Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach ideal for swimming or a leisurely beach stroll.

Red Bluff Beach, Kalbarri

Red Bluff Beach, Kalbarri

Many of the beaches have natural elevation which provides a great grandstand for spectators, perfect for taking photos or watching dolphins riding the waves. We witnessed a pod of about fifty dolphins catching waves early one morning and it was a magical sight.

Jakes Point, Kalbarri

Jakes Point, Kalbarri

Kalbarri Tours

If you are looking for adventure, then Kalbarri will not disappoint.  There are many tours available including:

  • Kalbarri 4WD and sandboarding adventure tour
  • Horseriding at Big River Ranch
  • A scenic flight over the Coastal Cliffs and River Gorges
  • Kalbarri quad bike safaris into the wilderness
  • Group bus tours to the Kalbarri River Gorges which include canoeing in the gorges
Kalbarri National Park Gorge

Kalbarri National Park Gorge

  • Canoe safari up the Murchison River
  • Hire a power boat, kayak, canoe, sail boat, paddle boat or stand up paddle board and cruise on the river
  • A beach skydive in Kalbarri
  • A visit to the Rainbow Jungle to see Australia’s most beautiful parrot habitat
  • Go abseiling down one of the rocky cliffs in Kalbarri National Park
  • Take one of the hiking trails through the Kalbarri National Park and view the deep gorges
  • Deep sea fishing with one of the fishing charter boat operators.
Kalbarri Fishing Boat

Kalbarri Fishing Boat

Kalbarri National Park

The spectacular scenery of Kalbarri National Park is the result of millions of years of geological formation. As the Murchison River carves it way to the sea, magnificent red and white banded gorges have been cut by the flow. These gorges meander 80 Km’s through the 186,000 hectare park.

A visit to this park of marvels is approximately 40 Km’s east of Kalbarri and is accessible by all types of vehicles even though some of the roads are unsealed.

Kilbarri National Park

Kilbarri National Park

Our first stop was to the Z-Bend Gorge, which is considered to offer the most breathtaking views of the park, is reached by a 1.4 Km return walk trail from the car park to a lookout. The gorge plunges 150m down to the river below where red river gums create a striking contrast against the earthy sandstone cliffs.

A short 11 Km drive away is one of the most iconic natural attractions – Nature’s Window. This rock has a window which frames the river perfectly and is top on the list of photo opportunities.

Kalbarri River Gorge

Kalbarri River Gorge

For the more adventurous and experienced walkers, starting and ending at Nature’s Window is the 8 Km loop track which takes you through moderate to challenging terrain and spectacular scenery. The trail takes you along the rim of the gorge and deep down into the river gorge onto the sandy white banks of the river fringed with lovely red river gums.

Walkway at Z-Bend, Kalbarri National Park

Walkway at Z-Bend, Kalbarri National Park

There are overnight hikes available throughout the National Park which you can arrange with the Department of Parks and Wildlife Office in Kalbarri.

With a slogan like “Kalbarri! You’ll love it”! This does not do the place justice at all. It should say “Kalbarri! You’ll absolutely adore it”! The kaleidoscope of colours of her stunning landscapes were magnificent.

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By 50 Shades, April 13, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

18 Comments
  • bmpermie
    June 11, 2014

    Another beautiful section of Australpia to add to my list. The photos are terrific, especially the sunset. I did not know know much about this area before.

    • Kathy
      June 11, 2014

      It is indeed. One of my favourite places in Western Australia so far. But there are just so many beautiful places – it would be a hard call.

  • Bonny
    June 11, 2014

    I love Kalbarri but it’s been a long time since I last visited. Your beautiful photos make me feel like I’m there!

    • Kathy
      June 12, 2014

      Thanks Bonny. It was very easy to capture some gorgeous photos as there was beauty everywhere in Kalbarri. I’m so glad you enjoyed my photos. :)

  • Pinky Poinker
    June 12, 2014

    Of all the things you’ve written about in this post (which all sound glorious) I think I’d like the parrot habitat the most. I’m starting to look at the weather map and thinking, ‘Oh that’s where Kathy is!”. I’m having a holiday vicariously through you!

  • kathymarris
    June 12, 2014

    Well that is one way to have a holiday I guess! But seriously Australia is an amazing country. Why aren’t more people holidaying here? Got me beat.

  • Silvia Writes
    April 13, 2016

    Gorgeous, thank you for sharing. Hardly an appropriate adjective to describe the beauty. We have similar areas in California, but each place in the world is uniquely beautiful.

    • Kathy
      April 13, 2016

      Hi Silvia. Funny that you should say that. I saw a photo recently of the Californian coastline that did remind me of Kalbarri. I would like to do a road trip along there one day. Kalbarri is such a rugged and picturesque section of coastline in West Australia, but probably a little harder to access than California. :)

  • sue elliott
    April 13, 2016

    How bloody beautiful! Ta for inspiring us to go to WA. It’s def on my list.

    • Kathy
      April 13, 2016

      Western Australia is bloody beautiful! It should be on everyone’s bucket list. :)

  • Elizabeth Los
    April 14, 2016

    This is great. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. I’m a big fan of national parks and beaches, so it’s nice to get a glimpse of something from another part of the world. A friend of mine had moved out to Australia. Though I haven’t been able to contact her, I can at least see why she loved it there!
    Visiting from A to Z
    https://theconsultingwriter.wordpress.com

    • Kathy
      April 14, 2016

      Thank you Elizabeth. It is wonderful to see another country from a travel blogger’s point of view. I frequently follow the travel advice of other bloggers when I’m planning a trip. I hope you get to visit Australia one of these days. :)

  • Natalie
    April 14, 2016

    Wow absolutely stunning pictures, thank you for sharing! I would love to visit Australia one day :)

    @LunaNoctis from There She Goes

    • Kathy
      April 14, 2016

      Kalbarri is a stunning place in Australia. You should definitely put Australia on your bucket list! :)

  • Johanna
    April 14, 2016

    Love love love Kalbarri. For such a small town, there is so much to see and do. We loved cycling, walking in the gorges and chilling with the pelicans. It’s a really unique spot, and so remote really. Your wonderful photos brought back some lovely memories of our few days there in 2010.

    • Kathy
      April 14, 2016

      Yes Kalbarri was one of the many highlights of WA for us. We absolutely loved every bit of it. It is a small town with everything! :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    April 14, 2016

    I would loved to have seen the dolphins. Seeing them in the waves before they break would be amazing. I’ve seen fish through the waves like this but never dolphins. Isn’t nature wonderful?

    • Kathy
      April 14, 2016

      We sat at this lookout for hours watching these dolphins. It was an experience like no other. I agree – observing nature is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. Such a beautiful place!

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