Your complete guide to Kalbarri National Park

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Kalbarri is a small coastal town north of Perth. It is a popular stop over point for those on their way to visit the Ningaloo Reef. From sunbathing, to hiking, and quaint bakeries and beach days, I’m here to help you plan your trip for Kalbarri National Park.

 

Where is Kalbarri National Park.

Located in Western Australia, Kalbarri National Park is 550km north of Perth. The entrance to the park is 30km outside Kalbarri town. The National Park is over 186,000 hectares in size and its stunning red sandstone gorges and rock formations make it a spectacular park.

 

How to get to Kalbarri National Park.

The entrance to Kalbarri National Park is just 30km outside the town of Kalbarri on Ajana-Kalbarri Road. To enter the park the fee is $12 per vehicle. If you’re planning to visit other national parks on the west coast, I’d recommend you get a Parks Pass.

 

Where to stay in Kalbarri National Park.

There is no camping within the National Park. We stealth camped 10km from the park, however it was a bit risky. It is much better to pay and stay in Kalbarri itself. Its only a short drive from the National Park and there’s a range of accommodation options from campsites to hotels and villas.

 

The best time of year to visit Kalbarri National Park.

If you’re wanting to hike and explore Kalbarri National Park, the best time to visit is between September and November. The temperatures are lower, and you should catch the humpback whales on their migration too. The winter months can also be great for hikers as it is much cooler, but if you plan on camping the nights do tend to get quite chilly. If you’re visiting during the summer months, it’s wise to start hiking early to avoid the midday heat. I’d recommend a fly net too as the flies can get bad.

 

Things to do while visiting Kalbarri National Park:

 

Walk the Kalbarri Skywalk

The skywalk was recently built and opened in 2020. Since then, its quickly become one of the top things to do in Kalbarri National Park. Inspired by the regions Aboriginal heritage and beauty, several local indigenous artists have created work as an important part of the interpretive skywalk experience.

Hike the Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs

Kalbarri National Park offers the best of both worlds, the inner gorges as well as a coastal dynamic. An 8km coastal walk takes you from point to point.

 

Explore the Natural Bridge and Island Rock

Many people believe that island rock reminds them of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. It broke off from the shoreline many years ago and currently stands alone. A 1.2km boardwalk will connect you from Island Rock to the Natural Bridge, where you can experience stunning views out over the horizon.

 

Take a walk around Kalbarri Town

The town itself is quite small and quiet. Be sure to visit the bakery or Gorges Café. Its said to be the best café for miles.

 

Feed the Pelicans

Pelican feeding occurs at the Kalbarri Foreshore every morning from 8.45am. It is free to do, however, they do expect a gold coin donation to help cover the cost of the fish provided. The volunteers are super passionate and knowledgeable and love giving their time to discuss the pelicans.

 

Visit Natures Window

The most famous and photographed spot in Kalbarri National Park. A short walk from the carpark. Natures Window is one of Western Australia’s most iconic attractions. This window has been naturally formed overlooking the valley. It tends to get bust so I’d recommend you get here early.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the Z Bend River Trail

I could take or leave this sight. The Z Bend Trail is a 2.6km return hike that descends deep into the gorge. With a few ladder climbs it keeps things interesting.

 

Take on the Mushroom Rock Nature Trail

A 3.3km loop takes you back in time through rocky outcrops, funky rock formations and ocean views. This trail links Rainbow Valley and Mushroom Rock.

 

Go Abseiling

If you’re looking for an adrenaline boost Kalbarri Abseil is the place to go. They run abseiling tours at the Z Bend Gorge. They have different options to choose from, beginners up to 35 metres, so don’t worry, they’ll be able to cater for everyone.

 

Visit Hutt Lagoon (the pink lake)

Located near Port Gregory about a 30 minute drive from Kalbarri this natural wonder is a must see. A sea of pink caused by algae that changes the pigment. The intensity of the colour changes depending on the time of the year you visit. Winter is the best time to visit in the early morning or late evening when the sunlight is the softest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalbarri is worth the visit. I spent two days exploring the area and was pleasantly surprised.

Kalbarri is a small coastal town north of Perth. It is a popular stop over point for those on their way to visit the Ningaloo Reef. From sunbathing, to hiking, and quaint bakeries and beach days, I’m here to help you plan your trip for Kalbarri National Park.
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