The ultimate oceanside adventure is waiting for you ‘just up the road’ from Perth. A place where the ancient rugged red soil collides with the pristine white sandy beaches is beckoning. The town of Kalbarri is just a short (according to Western Australians) six and half hour drive from Perth. However this is not just any town north of Perth, Kalbarri is considered the jewel in the crown of the Coral Coast which stretches over 1,000 kilometers from Exmouth down to Cervantes.
The tiny coastal town is situated at the meeting point of the Murchison River and the Indian Ocean which invites deep river gorges and soaring coastal cliffs. Spend your days swimming in protected bays, exploring superb walking trails, and spotting migrating whales. The temperate climate makes Kalbarri the perfect year-round getaway with temperate summers and warm winters. Visitors from far and wide and young and old will fall in love with this coastal escape where adrenaline and serenity can be found in equal measure.
This little town is surrounded by a not so little national park. Nearly 200,000 hectares for the Kalbarri National Park are calling your name, whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a nature enthusiast, or a wildflower buff you will find your zen in this park. From hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, and even abseiling the possibilities are endless. However there are two attractions that should not be missed on any visit to the national park. The skywalk is the newest attraction in the park, completed in 2020 and features twin walkways that defy gravity as they jut out over the gorge. Nature's window on the other hand is one of the oldest and most iconic attractions. Here, on the edge of the 400 million year old river gorge, sits a naturally formed rock arch that perfectly frames the views of the Murchison river 150 meters below.
For the animal and nature lovers Kalbarri has a lot on the menu. The main showstopper of the area is the ability to witness one of the most magical marine encounters, migrating humpback whales and their calves swim north each year between the months of June and November. Pick your favorite lookout and spend the afternoon spotting whales as they breach the surface of the water, or hop on a whale watching tour to see these magnificent creatures up close and personal. For all of the bird lovers out there be sure not to miss the daily pelican feeding on the foreshore, the little ones might even get a chance to participate in this one. And for the nature lovers, be sure to visit between the months of July to October to see the red arid outback transform into a sea of color as over 1,000 wildflower species flood the area.
Now for the adventure seekers, water lovers, and adrenaline junkies, do not fear Kalbarri has you covered. Hop in the water at the famous Blue Holes for a snorkel, grab your surfboard and try out the left hander at Jake's point, throw in a fishing line and test your luck or hop on a fishing charter to chase the catch of a lifetime. You can even hop on a plane and see the magic of Kalbarri from above as you fly over the national park, the famous pink lake, as well as the Arbolhos Islands.
There are also some unforgettable points on the doorsteps to Kalbarri if you have some extra time on your hands. Most notable is the famous pink lake, referred to as Hutt Lagoon, which is just south of Kalbarri in the seaside town of Port Gregory. If you venture a bit further south you will find the famous 4wd beach at Lucky Bay and even further along the little known town of Horrocks. If you head inland you will run into Northampton which is dripping with history. Be sure to visit the Oakabella Homestead while you are there and if you are lucky you might even be able to try their famous bushtucker scones.
So if you are looking for a quick getaway from Perth then Kalbari should be top on your list. With such mild temperatures it is an amazing locale to visit any time of year. From whale spotting to abseiling down a 400 million year old river gorge Kalbarri will be the crowd pleasing destination you have been searching for.