Kalbarri ranks as one of our most favorite places in Australia.If your planning a Western Australia road trip, you have to mark Kalbarri as a destination to explore for a few days! It’s a beautiful town that we think has everything on offer. Coastal cliff views, a unique river and spectacular inland gorges. It’s a popular holiday destination by all and we highly recommend early booking of your accommodation, as this town sells out fast during peak tourist season.
As we lived in Geraldton it was only a short drive for us down the road to visit and we came here frequently for day or 2 day trips. We found the weather in Kalbarri to be great all year round, there was days were it was hot and humid and then the odd days were it was the cold and raining.
The Kalbarri National park covers 186,000 hectares of terrain and is only available for day use only. There is strictly no camping in the national park; we found the only campground options to be at Murchison House Station or Kalbarri Big River Ranch. It’s best to contact the Kalbarri Visitors center on (08) 9937 1104 or pop in and see the staff along the foreshore and they will be able to help and confirm any queries you may have on the National Park, Camping Options and Road Closures in the area.
There is two major parts to Kalbarri, the Coastal Cliffs and the Inland Gorges. The coastal cliffs are free to access, however the inland gorges do cost money. We paid $12 for 2 adults with 1 vehicle to access, however if you’re here exploring more of WA, we recommend getting a WA National Park pass as this will be cheaper for you.
If you’re travelling south of Kalbarri, you will find a number of Coastal Cliff sites. All of these roads to the sites are sealed and suitable for vehicles. The only exception is the Pot Alley site which is not suitable for caravans or motorhomes. At all the sites you have the options to take magnificent photos of the surrounding views and you may even be lucky enough to see some dolphins or whales. For details on the walking trails at each cliff site you can find more information here on the Kalbarri Visitors Center website. Its to hard to pick a favorite but we can guarantee you will walk away with many spectacular photos!
To the east of Kalbarri and a short drive out the road are the inland river gorges. Here you will be in awe of nature and you will be able to explore the depths and heights of the gorges. There are 4 main key spots to visit; they are Z Bend, The Loop, Hawks Head and Ross Graham. The roads into the gorge sites at Hawks Head and Ross Graham are sealed however with Z Bend and The Loop which are the more popular spots are both sealed and unsealed. The first 12kms through is sealed with the remaining 19km unsealed. It’s accessible by most traffic including two wheel drives however it can become badly corrugated, and have pot holes in various areas of the road that can become dangerous. Its recommend that motorhomes and large camper vans do not travel to Loop or Z Bend Road. For details on the walking trails at each of the gorges you can find more information here on the Kalbarri Visitors Center website.
The one thing you MUST do when you visit the National Park is take a photo at Natures Window. After all, Natures Window is what you see in every advertisement about Kalbarri. (Its the featured image of this page!) Its a beautiful place, and yes there is a few rough and steep areas you have to walk through. However its worth the pain to get there! If i can make my 50 to 60 year old parents do it, you can too!
Once you have explored the beautiful national park, come back and have a cold beverage and a bite to eat at the Kalbarri Pub. Whilst there is other eating options available in town, we always found the Pub to be the best value for money and most popular. With ocean views and casual dining, it suited us perfectly!
We stayed at Kalbarri Palms resort most times in the budget $80 rooms and found it to be comfortable and only a very short walk to the pub! To book a room or find out more information on Kalbarri Palms Resort you can click here. If you’re looking for caravan park options, there is 3 to choose from, our recommendation would be the Kalbarri Tudor Caravan Park which is next to the Kalbarri Palms resort.
Kalbarri is definitely one to tick of your bucket list when you plan your Western Australia road trip.
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