With its multi-hued, sandstone hiking trails and rugged, coastal sea cliffs, Kalbarri National Park is one of Australia’s most awe inspiring corners. From the lookout atop the Z Bend trail, your gaze will fall 500 feet (152 m) to the Murchison River below, which has slowly carved a colorful gorge through millions of years of erosion. Down south along the coast, you’ll find Red Bluff Beach, where dusty red sandstone and turquoise waters add color and flare to the cove. Keep an eye out for echidna, wallabies, and 150 species of birds, as well as the whales, dolphins, and seabirds that soar and splash within eyesight from the park's six miles (9.5 km) of coastal cliff trails.
Given the park's location seven-hours from the major city of Perth, many visitors choose to experience Kalbarri as part of a multi-day, guided tour with transportation included. Tours range from three days to 19 days of exploring the Western Australian coastline with stops for outdoor activities and visits to other natural attractions, like Pinnacles Desert and Monkey Mia.
Kalbarri National Park is located two hours from Geraldton and seven hours from Perth. It is accessible by guided tour and by car with the purchase of a single-day vehicle pass, which costs AUD 12.
There is no drinking water in Kalbarri National Park and no formal facilities. All travelers must pack their own water, food, shelter, and snacks, and back-country hikers must register with rangers before and after a hike. In the summer, temperatures soar above 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) and are often up to 15 degrees higher when hiking through the interior.
Did You Know? The Tumblagooda sandstone inside the park is believed to be 400 million years old.