Kalbarri is a multifaceted holiday destination. It’s a great place for relaxing family holidays, active outdoor adventures and an ideal stop over destination for those travelling the Western Australia coastline. I’ve created this post to give visitors and holidaymakers a quick reference point for the best things to do in Kalbarri.
You’ll find some ‘everyday’ things to do in Kalbarri – such as skate parks and golfing – which aren’t listed in this post. But most people visiting aren’t looking for the everyday stuff. This article focusses on the things to do in Kalbarri which are truly unique to the area and give it its (well deserved) reputation.
This Super Seven is relevant for a wide range of travellers to enjoy – not just families and not just adventurers. So here goes…
Seven Super Things To Do In Kalbarri
1. Visit Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park tops the list of the best things to do in Kalbarri. The park surrounds the Murchison River which has carved an eighty kilometre gorge through the red and white sandstone, creating some of the most spectacular views in the whole of Western Australia.
Kalbarri National Park is also one of the most popular places for wildflowers in Western Australia. From July to October the park comes alive with colour as the native wildflowers burst into bloom. The park is rich in bird life and other animals. The native mammals are mostly nocturnal but on occasions you’ll spot a kangaroo or emu.
Explore the area through a range of outdoor adventures like bush walking, gorge hiking and canoeing
There’s a range of trails making the park accessible for all – everything from lookouts with disabled access to 8km river gorge hikes. In mid 2019, the newly built Skywalk will open offering visitors panoramic views of the park.
Roads into all inland gorge sites are fully sealed and accessible to all types of vehicle. They also equipped with shade shelters, toilets and picnic facilities. Camping is not permitted as the park is for day use only.
The coastal walks are all typically moderate trails with clear signage. There’s likely to be short steep sections and steps so a good level of fitness is recommended. You can take children on these trails – we completed some with a 5 year old and a toddler in a back carrier. But use your own judgement on fitness levels and safety in order to decide which routes to take. Alternatively, there are coastal lookouts with direct car park access at: Red Bluff, Eagle Gorge, Grandstand, Island Rock, Pot Alley and Natural Bridge.
Spend some time beforehand researching exactly where you want to visit in the park and ensure you have all the necessary equipment. Temperatures can soar, particularly in the river gorges, and so heat stroke is a very real risk. There are no drinking water facilities in the park so ensure you carry plenty of water.
Entrance fees for the park is $13 per vehicle (up to 8 people legally seated) or you can purchase a season pass which gives you four week access for $48 per vehicle.
2. Swim in Blue Holes
Blue Holes is probably the best place we’ve ever snorkelled with the children.
The azure blue waters are shielded by an inshore coastal limestone reef system which makes the water really still and calm. The reef incorporates irregular depressions which look like ‘holes’ hence it’s name, Blue Holes. It is also a fish habitat protection area sheltering a myriad of marine life.
Coupled with the protective reef system, it makes the perfect place for snorkelers and children. Even if you don’t want to snorkel, you can see fish in the shallow waters from the shore and its a safe place for children to splash around in the water.
3. Go Whale Watching
From June to November, Kalbarri is a humpback whale watching hotspot with an estimated 22,000 humpbacks passing the Western Australia coastline. August to November is the best time to spot them as they are making their slower, more relaxed, return journey back to the Antarctic.
The ocean floor off the Kalbarri coast remains quite deep all the way up to the shore which means during this time, sitings from the shore are regular. Visitors are very likely to spot whales splashing around from one of many bays and vantage points along the coast.
Grab some binoculars and head out to some of the best lookout points during the season: Natural Bridge, Red Bluff, Eagle Gorge and Chinamans Point.
For those wanting to get up close with these magnificent creatures boat trips are available. Reefwalker whalewatching tours are operated by Kalbarri born and raised resident Aydan Curic whose knowledge is second to none.
4. Experience Pelican Feeding
Even if you aren’t a natural early bird, it’s worth setting your alarm and getting up and out early to catch the Pelican feeding on the foreshore.
Feeding sessions are run by volunteers and take place at 8:45am most mornings, opposite Murchison Caravan Park. A gold coin donation is appreciated to help volunteers cover the cost of fish.
If you have children, the Nature Playground next door is a great place for the kids to play before or after the feeding session.
5. Squawk and Cinema at Rainbow Jungle
Rainbow Jungle is regarded as Australias most beautiful parrot habitat and a really unique Kalbarri experience.
Wander through the tropical gardens, waterfalls and ponds and experience the largest parrot free flight aviary in Australia. You’ll have close encounters with a range of beautiful parrots including Purple Crowned Lorikeets, Eclectus Parrots and Sun Conures.
Also onsite is the new Kalbarri Maze and Cinema Parrotiso. We really enjoyed the outdoor cinema experience here. Relaxing on bean bags under the stars with homemade pizza and a glass of local wine – is there a more perfect movie night?!
6. Visit the Pink Lake
Hutt Lagoon – also known as Pink Lake – contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant. The lakes red to pink hue is due to the presence of the carotenoid-producing algae. Its vibrancy changes – everything in between bubblegum pink, red and lilac – depending on the season and time of day.
Reach Port Gregory Road by mid morning or an hour before sunset for the most spectacular views and “instagram-worthy” snaps. Hutt Lagoon is a 35 minute drive south of Kalbarri.
7. Saddle up with Big River Ranch
Saddle up and enjoy a horseback adventure taking in the breathtaking views of Kalbarri.
This 90 minute tour leads you through the forest and across the banks of the Murchison River. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery bringing you up close with the natural beauty of Kalbarri.
More experienced riders (non experienced riders are absolutely fine for this tour too!) will have the opportunity to canter through the bush back to the ranch!
So there’s our Super Seven things to do in Kalbarri.
I’ve also included below some information on Kalbarri which may be useful ahead of your visit…
- We sometimes struggled to get mobile signal and internet data so download a copy of the Kalbarri Town Map
- This Kalbarri National Park Guide has information on the services, facilities and walking trails available in the park
- Book accommodation as far in advance as possible
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