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Breathtaking gorges and rugged coastal cliffs lure hiking and nature enthusiasts, and provide unique experiences for the adventurous and casual sightseer alike.

Less than two hours’ drive north of Geraldton sits Kalbarri, a little town surrounded by a stunningly beautiful national park. Boasting one of the world’s best wildflower seasons – spanning an astounding five months – the spectacular display of nature attracts visitors from all over the world.

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As you approach Kalbarri, you’ll catch sight of the magnificently rugged coastal cliffs and the 400 million-year-old gorges of the National Park. Hop out at the viewing platforms and marvel at the dramatic drops and contrasting colours of burnt orange rock formations against the sapphire ocean. This is definitely a great photo opportunity. Keep an eye out for humpback whales on their annual migration.

Blessed with gorgeous summers, mild winters, and white-sand beaches, Kalbarri is the ultimate oceanside playground. Surfers come from far and wide to catch the left at Jake’s Point. There are tours and safaris for everything from flying over the Abrolhos Islands to sandboarding, abseiling and quad biking.

Why not put Kalbarri on the calendar for your next big fishing adventure, and book a deep-sea charter? The catches are world class. On quieter days, you can kayak on the Murchison River, or walk along breathtaking coastal trails, stopping at the bays to cool off before setting sail to enjoy a sunset cruise.

Stay

Kalbarri has a range of accommodation available, from camping and caravan parks to B&Bs, motels and resort hotels.

Top 5 Things to do and see

1. Visit the iconic Nature’s Window, or hike the Four Ways Trail.
2. Walk the award-winning clifftop boardwalk at Natural Bridge.
3. Cool off in the clear, blue waters of Chinaman’s Beach.
4. Marvel at the 400 million-year-old Eurypterid tracks at Z-Bend.
5. Watch sunset over Pot Alley Gorge, for an amazing contrast of colour.

Meet a prince

You may be asked for a passport before you enter the Principality of Hutt River in Kalbarri National Park. There’s government conjecture, but Hutt River is said to be the oldest micro-nation in Australia, made an Independent Sovereign State in 1970. Prince Leonard or, in his absence, another royal will greet you when you arrive, before you continue on a tour of the Principality’s buildings.

Hike along the Kalbarri coast

The best way to see Kalbarri’s stunning coastal gorges and cliffs is to hike along the 8km-long Bigurda Trail in the 183,000ha Kalbarri National Park. The trail starts at Eagle Gorge and ends at Natural Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled for whales (June to November) and wildflowers (July to September). The trail takes three to five hours, one way – arrange to be dropped off and picked up at the end.

Tip: Can’t get enough of the canyons? Join a canyoning and abseiling tour.

Wander through the wildflowers

Wildflower enthusiasts will delight in seeing a wealth of species, some of which aren’t found anywhere else on the planet. From delicate and ornate orchids to fields of vibrant everlastings, there are flowers as far as the eye can see. Remember that spring comes early up north, so the optimum time to visit is August.

Pink Lake

Hutt Lagoon, at the quaint fishing village of Port Gregory, is known as Pink Lake due to its vibrant colour. The presence of Dunaliella salina, (acarotenoid-producing algae, and source of beta carotene) is responsible for the incredible hue of this 14km-long salt lake.

Local tip: Relax by the rock pools and watch the sunset at Red Bluff. Or visit Ross Graham Lookout, a spectacular part of the park. Don’t forget your hat, water and camera

For Kids – Pelican Feeding

Head down to the Kalbarri foreshore (near the Grey and Wood streets intersection) for breakfast with the cheeky local pelicans. Be there by 8.45am to watch the birds compete for a fishy treat.

Eat & drink

Keeping in mind Kalbarri offers great fishing, why not catch your own dinner, or taste freshly caught fish from the town’s many eateries? There are local cafes and grocery stores in town where you can grab a quick bite to eat, or stock up with picnic essentials.

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Edge Resort

  • jtj@westnet.com.au
  • 0427 371 001

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Gecko Lodge

Gecko Lodge is a purpose built, boutique Bed & Breakfast Lodge, designed for discerning singles or couples looking for seclusion and privacy. Four luxurious, romantic Queen & King Suites (Inc. 2 spa suites). Each guest room has a private entrance and verandah overlooking pool. An ideal base to explore Kalbarri's local attractions.

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Kalbarri Accommodation Service

Largest range from Budget to Deluxe, houses & units for Fishing Mates, Couples or Families. Fishing, diving, relaxing, adventure holiday destination.

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  • Type:Apartments,Beach House,Bed & Breakfast,Chalets,Holiday House,Hotel/Resort
  • Capacity:12,11 - 20
  • Facilities:Adults Only,Day Spa,Family Friendly,Functions,On the Water,Pets Allowed,Pool,Room Spa,Tennis Courts,Wheelchair Access
  • Price Range:$50-$100,$100-$200,$200-$300,$300 - $600

Description

Kalbarri is a popular WA holiday destination only 600km north of Perth. Kalbarri Accommodation Service is the largest provider of self contained accommodation in Kalbarri, with over 100 properties the company has something to suit all budgets.

Whether you need room to park your boat, a freezer for your fish or you are looking for that romantic getaway in luxurious style Kalbarri Accommodation Service can help you find that perfect spot for that hard earned holiday.

If you are looking for accommodation that can cater to 2 or 3 families to share the cost then we can recommend a property for you.

Kalbarri is a once stop resort offering many attractions including the National Park Gorges and Coastal Gorges with the Murchison River being a backdrop to keep every member of the family occupied with activities such as canoeing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, bird-watching, wildflower walks just to name a few.

Call us on (free call) 1800 777 776 or www.kalbarriaccommodation.com.au

Kalbarri Backpackers

Budget accommodation in shared dorms.

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  • Type:Backpackers/Hostels
  • Price Range:$50-$100
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Facilities:Pool

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Kalbarri Beach Resort

Fully-equipped Mediterranean style property with views of the river and ocean. Free in-house movies, 25m swimming pool, tennis, volleyball, basketball, 3 spas, sauna and children's playgrounds are avilable to guests.

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  • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Hotel/Resort
  • Facilities:Pool,Restaurant,Sauna,Tennis Courts
  • Capacity:51 - 100

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Kalbarri Murchison View Apartments

Look over the river and ocean from your luxurious and spacious apartment located right in the town centre.

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  • Type:Apartments,4 - 5 Stars
  • Facilities:Pool
  • Wheelchair Access:No

Description

Located in the heart of one of this states most spectacular national parks. Sitting perfect at the mouth of the Murchison River with spectacular river gorges and towering coastal cliffs, makes Kalbarri an all year round holiday experience. Make the Kalbarri Murchison View Apartments your home in Kalbarri.

The two & three bedroom self contained apartments each overlook our private reticulated gardens. With tropical palms the swimming pool area also has cabana & BBQ area.

Your apartment is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need.

The front two bedroom apartments have spectacular views of the ocean & the Murchison River Mouth. We are only 100 metres from the beach & central to all amenities.

Kalbarri Palm Resort

Whether you stay one night or one week, the Kalbarri Palm Resort offers relaxing accommodation.

  • Rating:3.5 star

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  • Type:Apartments,1 - 3 Stars,Motel
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Facilities:Pool,Room Spa,Family Friendly,Tennis Courts
  • Price Range:$50-$100,$100-$200,$200-$300

Description

There are 66 units all with airconditioning and private bathrooms. Deluxe have queen size beds, TV and the King Spa rooms have king size beds and spas. Our two bedroom Family Apartments are fully self contained, with everything you need for a one day or one week holiday.

Kalbarri Reef Villas

Double storey superbly appointed self-contained villas amid lush tropical gardens. Cleanliness absolutely guaranteed.

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  • Type:1 - 3 Stars,Chalets
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Facilities:Pool

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Kalbarri Seafront Villas

Self contained units with river and oceans views. Beach frontage but located in the centre of town.

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  • Type:Apartments,4 - 5 Stars
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Price Range:$50-$100
  • Facilities:Restaurant

Description

Situated 50 metres from the beach, centrally located with spectacular river and ocean views. Kalbarri Seafront Villas comprises 1 bedroom units, 2 bedroom units and a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse with magic views from the huge upstairs balcony.

Kalbarri Seafront Villas is on the waterfront, right in the heart of Kalbarri with sensational river and ocean views. Your hosts Jamie & Fay, welcome you to Kalbarri Seafront Villas; offering friendly service, comfortable accommodation and a relaxed atmosphere.

Located in beautiful Kalbarri, on Australia’s Coral Coast, you will find Kalbarri Seafront Villas every bit as welcoming as Kalbarri itself.

Accommodation choices include 1 or 2 bedroom fully self-contained villas, modern Studio apartments, the majority with water views; and a 2-storey, 4 bedroom 2 bathroom Townhouse with excellent views of the river and ocean.

Well-appointed villas are finished with quality furnishings and air-conditioning & heating for your comfort. All offer free Foxtel viewing, DVD players, direct dial telephones and internet access.

Relax around the sparkling outdoor swimming pool and BBQ areas.

Explore the Murchison River, located directly across the road from your villa, in the free dinghy provided. Free secure off site boat parking, including wash down facilities and freezer space available.

As a small owner operated outlet, Jamie & Fay along with their friendly staff, look forward to being of assistance to you.

Murchison Caravan Park Kalbarri

Murchison Caravan Park is located in the centre of Kalbarri with magnificent views over the river and ocean.

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  • Type:1 - 3 Stars,Caravan Parks
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Price Range:Under $50

Description

It is in easy walking distance to all the services within Kalbarri and is the perfect base from which to enjoy all our magnificent attractions.

Pelican Shore Villas

The beautiful Midwest region is your oyster at Pelican Shore. TheyÆre perched right on KalbarriÆs main swimming beach at the mouth of the Murchison River. The town of Kalbarri is nearby with all the facilities you could need, but youÆll feel a thousand miles from civilisation.

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  • Type:Apartments
  • Facilities:Pool
  • Capacity:51 - 100

Description

From the time you drive in (or are picked up courtesy of Pelican Shore from the Westrail bus terminal), youÆll be at ease. Your luxury two or three bedroom villa is fully appointed and self contained. ThereÆll be no reason not to chill out with air conditioned living areas, TV and video, a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, your own laundry and all linen provided (except beach towels). Laze around in the salt water swimming pool or do lunch on the free gas barbecue. Maxine and Greg look forward to having you.

Port Gregory Caravan Park

The Park is right on a beautiful natural harbour protected by a 5km reef, so the water is excellent, calm and safe. Perfect for fishing, swimming, water skiing and Cray fishing.

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  • Type:Caravan Parks
  • Capacity:51 - 100
  • Price Range:Under $50

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Dirt Dust n Diesels Outback Restaurant

Discover the tastes of Australia and be a part of the most authentic Australian dining experience Kalbarri has to offer

  • Open Days/times:7am - 9am, 12 noon - 2pm, 5pm till late
  • Facilities:Catering,Family Friendly,Home Delivery,Takeaway,Function Venue,Licensed

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  • Restaurants & Cafes:Australian - Modern
  • Lunch:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Public Holidays,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Breakfast:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Are you looking for the ultimate authentic Australian dining experience?
You've come to the right place! 

?We offer relaxed, causal dining in a family friendly atmosphere.
Fully licensed and serving up your favourite Aussie steaks, parmys and our delicious Aussie game meat platters; our dining experience is not something to miss out on. 

?We can cater for large groups, functions and events including corporate functions and weddings.

The Gorges Cafe

  • thegorgescafe@bigpond.com
  • (08) 99371200

With river views, The Gorges Café offers fresh fabulous food, delicious homemade cakes, great coffee and beautiful giftware and gourmet products for sale.

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Catering,Function Venue,Takeaway,BYO

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  • Restaurants & Cafes:Australian - Modern
  • Lunch:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Breakfast:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

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Kalbarri National Park

One of Western Australia’s best known parks, with its scenic gorges though red and white banded sandstone and its soaring coastal cliffs.

Details

  • Activity:Canoeing / Kayaking,Abseiling,Bush Walking,Swimming,Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling,Surfing
  • Park Entry Fees:Yes
  • Park Type:National Park
  • Type:Park
  • Feature:Entry Station,Lookout / Deck,Toilet,Barbecue

Description

Kalbarri National Park surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80km 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.

Kalbarri Skywalk

Perched right on the cliff-top, sits two 100m high lookouts, that project 25m and 17m 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 100m 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.

Natural attractions

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.

Water-based fun

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).

Your safety

It’s great to escape everyday life and visit a park or reserve in WA. It is also important to us that you return safely to your family and friends.

It is really important to plan when to visit. For your safety we have provided safety information about swimming, bushwalking, fishing, snorkelling and diving, paddling and kayaking, surfing and abseiling. Consider traveling with a personal location be

Illustration of water bottle, newspaper articles about the dangers of hiking in the heat, hiking boots and a hat.

acon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life

  • 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 3-4 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).

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Download free geo-referenced maps of Kalbarri National Park from the Avenza smartphone app.

This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au