Kalbarri National Park and surroundings


Murchison House Station borders Kalbarri National Park making our exploration easy. On our first day plan was hindered due to flooding of the river preventing access to Nature’s Window, so we drove along the coast to see the Natural Arch, Island Rock, Mushroom Rock, Rainbow Valley, Red Bluff and Eagle Gorge.

 

On the side of the road to one of the sites we found the cutest Thorny Devil which made Amanda’s day. The coastline is stunning and the geology changes frequently, presenting different rock formations, and colours all within a short stroll from the car park.

Another excursion saw us driving back to Port Gregory to revisit the Pink Lake there. The Pink Lake in Esperance hadn’t been pink and driving past Port Gregory the first time it hadn’t looked much better. Assured that it wouldn’t disappoint in the sunlight we picked the day and wow was it pink (especially with polaroid glasses on).

The Blue Holes just outside Kalbarri provided an opportunity to get some snorkelling in and despite the small area it was full of sweetlips, cod, mullet, small crayfish, nudibranchs and heaps more. The funniest thing I ever saw were the people sunbathing in bikinis with fly nets over their head. I wish I’d taken a photo! Did I mention the amount of bushflies around now. Between the march flies (slowbiters), bushflies(just pesky), mossies (discrete biters) and now sandflies (small sharp biters) our patience is really being tested.

When the road re-opened we made an early start to capture Natures Window before the hordes arrived, and there were hordes by the time we returned from The Loop walk. The Loop walk stopped abruptly by the river where the trail sign pointed into the river (see photo). Z Bends provided an outlook over the river and a walk took us down a shaded chasm to the water. People abseiled down the cliff face as we wandered past.

Hawks Head juts out above the river valley at another site, but for me Ross Graham was possibly the most photogenic, after Natures Window. The National Park was stunningly beautiful and hard to do justice through a camera lens, but well worth at least a couple of days exploring.

 

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5 thoughts on “Kalbarri National Park and surroundings

  1. Great Aunty

    Love that Thorny Devil, he is so cute, we found one on the road near Uluru last year. I have to admit to using one of the fly nets they drove me to distraction.

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  2. Drystan Arnold

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time up at kalbarri.
    I wish I was there. Can’t wait to here more about your trip.

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    • Hi Drystan
      Thanks for the message. We found a cool thorny devil in Kalbarri. We are now in Shark Bay and saw loads of sharks, rays, and a turtle from a lookout yesterday. We also made it to the most westerly point of the mainland.
      Best wishes from your friend Xavier

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  3. Drystan Arnold

    Hello it is Mrs Sullivan Drystans Teacher he wanted to show me your blog as we are starting a class blog this term. What a wonderful experience for your family traveling around Australia. Look forward to seeing more of your adventures!

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    • Hello Mrs Sullivan
      Thanks for the kind comments and
      we’re glad you enjoyed the blog. Please feel free to get Drystan’s class to follow us and send us challenges that all Fifty Toes can do. Good luck with the class blog. That sounds like fun. Our kids periodically post their journals on our site.

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