Kalbarri National Park attracts thousands of visitors every year. Most of them come to see the amazing gorges and formations that have been carved over time by the Murchison River. This region is known for its spectacular lookouts and famous natural landmarks carved of rock.
About Kalbarri National Park
It is Western Australia’s most spectacular regions. Here you’ll find huge rocks carved by the force of water, creating magnificent landscapes. The river gorges, sea cliffs and the never-ending sand plains are a sight for sore eyes. The Murchison River gorges have been carved into red sandstone cliff faces over millennia by the river. The river plummets down these gorges on its way to the township of Kalbarri.
Famous Lookout Points
Visitors throng to this region to access famous lookout points along the river gorge, to marvel at the natural landscapes and the ferocity of the river.
The Loop And Nature’s Window
Nature’s Window is a fabulous lookout point, a natural rock arch that creates a perfect frame of the river view, a photographer’s dream. Walk the Loop Walk Trail towards Nature’s Window, all 8 kilometers of it. All along the way, marvel at the different views of the gorge as it winds down several other nearby lookouts.
The Z-Bend lookout is considered as the more breathtaking by far. From this lookout point, you can watch as the gorge plunges down 150 meters to the river. At the bottom, an attractive contrast is formed between the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone and the redgum trees that grow in profusion.
This is not just a top lookout over the Murchison River gorge, but it’s also a great picnic spot, complete with wheelchair access.
Ross Graham Lookout
You can reach this lookout point very quickly from the Loop car park, by following a short walking trail. The lookout is located at a shaded, tranquil spot in the river’s edge.
Red Bluff’s 100m cliffs offer great panoramic ocean views. Hardy souls who can climb up will be rewarded by the sight of marine creatures in the river, from migrating humpback whales to dolphins. Climb down on the other side to enjoy Kalbarri’s most popular beach for fishing, swimming and snorkeling.
If you’re raring to explore this region on foot, you can take part in one of the many gorge hiking adventures that are available. There are single day hikes, weekend hikes and five-day extended hikes. Check with the Kalbarri National Park office for more information. If you hike between July to October, you’ll be rewarded by the sight of over 1,000 species of WA wildflowers, contrasting beautifully with the sandplains. The Mushroom Rock Walk Trail is full of amazing geological formations that are best viewed at sunset, when they are set ablaze by the fading sun. Kangaroos laze here at dawn and dusk; be ready to capture them with your camera against the earthy sand plains.
Guided tours are provided which include hikes and adventures in Kalbarri National Park such as abseiling, quad biking, kayaking and 4WD excursions. You can also sign up for a lovely and leisurely sunset river cruise on the river. Sign up for fishing charter tours to fish at Wittecarra Creek, where you can try for large game fish and smaller fish.