Kalbarri National Park is a perfect stop along the west coast for snorkelling, hiking and relaxing. This beautiful area is divided into two parts. The ocean cliffs have beautiful snorkel spots, look out points and short walks along the coast whereby the river gorges area has beautiful gorges and longer desert hikes.
We first stopped at the town of Kalbarri to get some information from the visitor center. Kalbarri itself is a cute little beach town with a view shops, bars, and restaurant. It is located 590 KM from Perth, midway along the Australian Coral Coast. A perfect place for an overnight stop and to explore the National Park. From the town, you can easily do the ocean trail by car in a few hours. Most people spend a full day exploring the inland side of the National park and take the ocean trail on the way out from Kalbarri the next day.
Ocean Cliffs Route Kalbarri National Park
If you drive from the town of Kalbarri south to the Indian Ocean highway (direction Perth) you will pass the following highlights;
Blue Hole: This is a perfect spot for snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. The water is very shallow so be careful with the rocks when snorkelling.
Red Bluff & Red Bluff beach: Definitely worth a stop as this is where the desert meets the ocean. The red rocks are a beautiful contrast with the azure blue sea.
Mushroom Rock – Rainbow Valley (3.3 KM loop walk): This loop walk takes you over stunning cliffs with beautiful views of the ocean. It is a fairly easy walk but I recommend wearing proper shoes as the rocks can be slippery.
Eagle Gorge to Beach walk (1 KM return): This easy boardwalk takes you to more viewpoints and beautiful cliffs. It is an easy walk suitable for all ages.
Pink lake (Hutt Lagoon): This stunning pink lake has the biggest concentration microalgae which give it the pink colour. You will pass this lake when driving from Kalbarri National Park to Perth via the East Indian Ocean Highway.
River Gorges Kalbarri National Park
We didn’t do the Gorges in Kalbarri as we were short on time and just came from the beautiful Karijini National Park but after gathering some information from other travellers we can make a list with loop walks to do around the Gorges.
Nature’s window (1 KM loop): This is an easily trail leading to the rock formations in the National Park. A perfect place for photos and some say it is the most iconic place of Kalbarri.
Z-Bend lookout (1.2 KM return): Most people say this is the most scenic walk of the National Park and definitely worth to go. The views over the gorges are absolutely stunning.
How to get to Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri is located 590 KM north of Perth and 380 KM south from Shark Bay. We came from Shark Bay and it was an easy drive via a sealed road. We left Shark Bay early morning and had plenty of time to explore the National Park the same day (just the cliff route).