Visitors flock to Australia’s Coral Coast each year to enjoy the year-round sunshine, get closer to nature and escape crowds. The region begins just two hour’s drive north of Perth at the coastal town of Cervantes and stretches more than 1,000 kilometres north along pristine coastline to Exmouth.

 

Boasting a warm climate all year round, Australia’s Coral Coast offers perfect conditions to enjoy a range of water sports, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and boating, while nature lovers also visit to watch humpback whales on their annual migration along the coast between July and October each year.



Things to do in Kalbarri


things to do in kabarriThe Kalbarri region is a favourite family holiday destination offering a range of pursuits from fishing, surfing and adventure activities to wildflower viewing. Situated where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean, Kalbarri has soaring river and coastal gorges and protected swimming bays. The Kalbarri National Park offers superb walking trails and boasts over 800 species of wildflowers which create an awe-inspiring display from July to October each year. South of Kalbarri, the seaside towns of Port Gregory and Horrocks offer a laidback beach getaway with great swimming, fishing, surfing, diving and windsurfing. Head inland to Northampton to see heritage buildings and learn about the area’s fascinating history.

 

Things to do:

  • Go fishing, boating, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and wind surfing
  • Check out the historic buildings on Northampton’s Hampton Road Heritage Walk
  • Visit WA’s most haunted house – Oakabella Homestead
  • Go four wheel driving along designated tracks in Horrocks
  • Photograph Pink Gregory’s unique Pink Lake
  • Go hiking, canoeing, abseiling, canyoning, sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding and horse
  • riding in Kalbarri
  • Admire dramatic scenery from lookouts along Kalbarri’s spectacular coastal cliffs
  • Take a whale watching charter
  • Feed pelicans on the Kalbarri foreshore
  • Discover unique orchids and other wildflowers
  • Visit Rainbow Jungle - one of Australia’s best parrot habitats
 

things to do in kabarri

Northampton

Distance from Perth: 475km

Northampton is one of the oldest settlements in Western Australia outside of Perth. It was declared a town site in 1864 and classified as a historic town by the National Trust of Australia in 1993.

 

Historic Buildings

Pick up a copy of the Hampton Road Heritage Walk brochure from the Northampton Visitor Centre. The centre itself is of historical significance, as it was formerly the police station and courthouse, built in 1885. Visit the Chiverton House Museum to learn about the area’s mining and agricultural history. In the centre of town, you will find Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church (c. 1936) designed by the legendary Monsignor Hawes. Next door you will find the Sacred Heart Convent built in 1919, also designed by Hawes. The historic Northampton Family Store building (c. 1913) is still operating as a drapery and manchester store in its original style. The Northampton Motors and Machinery Restoration Shed houses a collection of over 200 small engines and machinery of various vintages.

 

Old Railway Station

In 1879 the first public railway of Western Australia was opened between Northampton and Geraldton. The Northampton Railway Station has been restored with parts of the old track, loading ramp and weighbridge still visible.

 

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Oakabella Homestead

Visit the most haunted house in Western Australia to take in the land of ghosts and some beautiful scenery. The pioneering stone homestead ‘Oakabella’ is classified by the National Trust. Discover the old homestead and mini museum on a tour or simply stroll around the grounds. Farm equipment, relics and Indigenous artefacts are on display representing life in the 1800s. Oakabella is closed to visitors for the month of February.

 

Airing of the Quilts

Northampton’s main street comes alive with colour for the annual Airing of the Quilts event, as lovingly made patchwork quilts are displayed from buildings, roadsides and shops. Enjoy the family entertainment, stalls, craft, street parade and carnival atmosphere. The Airing of the Quilts is always held on the last Saturday of the October school holidays.

 

Horrocks

Distance from Perth: 469km

You’ll instantly feel like you’re on holidays as you take in the glorious ocean views upon your arrival into Horrocks. Nestled along white sandy beaches, Horrocks is an ideal family beach destination with sheltered waters offering great swimming, fishing, surfing, diving and windsurfing.

 

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Bowes River

The Bowes River Mouth is a scenic beach favoured among surfers. The sandstone escarpment following the river is rich in Indigenous culture. Willy Gully Caves feature rock art created by the Nanda people to describe and communicate their traditions, ideas and values.

 

Four Wheel Driving

There are four wheel driving tracks to Little Bay and Bowes River Mouth, picturesque locations for picnics, fishing and bird watching. The Bowes River is a significant habitat for bird life including pelicans, black swans, ducks, heron, egrets, eagles, terns and osprey.

 

Fishing

Cast a line from the jetty or the beach in search of tailor, mulloway, snapper, whiting and herring.

 

Port Gregory

Distance from Perth: 520km

Port Gregory is located south of Kalbarri near the mouth of the Hutt River. This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef. Originally developed to serve the Geraldine mine, the town is now a holiday hotspot for fishing and diving.

 

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Pink Lake

Port Gregory is bordered by the beautiful Hutt Lagoon, known as the Pink Lake due to its colour created by the naturally occurring beta carotene. Offering stunning reflections of the land on still days and a pink haze through the skies on windy days, the lake is always an intriguing sight.

 

Lynton Hiring Station

On the drive to Port Gregory is the historic Lynton Hiring Station. Tucked away at the foot of rolling hills, the station’s stone buildings once housed convicts who worked on the Geraldine mine and local pastoral stations. The convict facilities were built in 1853 and have been recently restored. Inside, the etched initials of convicts scar the cell walls.

 

Northampton, Horrocks and Port Gregory Visitor Information

Northampton Visitor Centre

202 Hampton Road, Northampton WA 6535

Tel: +618 9934 1488

Email: [email protected]

Website: northampton.com.au

 

things to do in kabarri

Kalbarri

Distance from Perth: 577km

Renowned for ruggedly beautiful coastal cliffs and rust red river gorges, Kalbarri offers a wealth of activities and attractions for people of all ages and interests, from swimming, fishing, surfing and hiking to abseiling, quad biking, canoeing, horse riding, whale watching, sky diving, canyoning and sand boarding.

 

Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in Western Australia. Covering more than 180,000 hectares, the park is located on the lower reaches of the Murchison River. Over the past 400 million years the river has cut magnificent deep red and white banded gorges 80 kilometres long on its way to the sea. Explore the depths and heights of the river gorges and sea cliffs and admire the floral beauty of the vast, rolling sandplains. Most roads in the National Park are sealed, except for roads to The Loop and Z-Bend, however these are still suitable for two wheel drive vehicles. Drinking water is not available in the National Park, so always carry your own supply.

 

Nature’s Window and The Loop

Located just 500 metres from The Loop car park, this rock formation beautifully frames the rugged upstream view. Nature’s Window marks the beginning and end of The Loop, a six-hour (eight-kilometre) walking trail, providing views of the winding gorge below. The Loop is not marked, but the route starts at Nature’s Window, heading east along the cliff top to the first river bend, then down along the ledges and flood plain at water level, returning to Nature’s Window, keeping the river to your right at all times.

 

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Z-Bend

A 500-metre walk from the car park brings you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the National Park. From the safety of the lookout, the gorge plunges 150 metres to the river below where majestic redgum trees provide a lush contrast to the earthy hews of the Tumblagooda sandstone.

 

Ross Graham Lookout

This site provides the easiest place in the park to access the river, with a short walk from the car park bringing you to the river’s edge. The Ross Graham Lookout is an ideal location to take a dip in the river or walk along its banks.

 

Hawk’s Head

Enjoy the views from the picnic area or wander down the path to the lookout above the river. This path is also wheelchair accessible.

 

River Gorge Hikes

For those with greater levels of fitness and experience, there are many gorge hiking options available, ranging from one-day excursions to four or five-day extended hikes. Hiking through the park is particularly spectacular between August and October when the park bursts into colour during wildflower season. Further information about hiking in the National Park is available from the Department of Environment and Conservation office in Kalbarri and it is a strict requirement that all overnight groups register with park staff before making the trip.

 

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Coastal Gorges

Kalbarri’s coastal gorges feature magnificent, towering cliffs that plummet to the waves below. Starting at Red Bluff, named by Willem de Vlamingh in 1697, the dramatic coastal cliffs extend 13 kilometres to the National Park’s southern boundary. Numerous signposted walking trails allow you to explore the ruggedly beautiful coastline. Look for migrating whales between late June and November. Please take care and stay clear of cliff edges and overhangs. Pathways, lookouts and balustrades have been provided for your safety.

 

Bigurda Trail

Avid hikers can take in the entire coastal cliff area on the eight-kilometre Bigurda Trail. Arrange to be dropped off at Eagle Gorge and traverse south along the coastal cliffs for three to five hours, finishing up at Natural Bridge.

 

Red Bluff

Red Bluff beach is a popular location for snorkelling, fishing and swimming. Featuring a picturesque white sandy beach contrasting against the rust red cliffs, Red Bluff is particularly spectacular at sunset.

 

Mushroom Rock Nature Trail

See how nature has shaped this dramatic coastal landscape along the three-kilometre Mushroom Rock Walk Trail. Marvel at the varied geological formations and see kangaroos feeding (best seen at dawn and dusk) among the coastal heath. Allow between one and two hours to stroll the marked circuit that connects Rainbow Valley and Mushroom Rock. The interpretive signage provides information on the botanical and geological features.

 

Pot Alley & Eagle Gorge

Both sites offer stunning coastal scenery and stepped paths to secluded beaches.

 

Island Rock & Natural Bridge

As the coastline slowly yields to the force of the Indian Ocean, the fracturing and decaying of the cliffs has sculpted these rock formations. Stunning views can be enjoyed from lookouts located a short walk from the car park. A wheelchair accessible picnic shelter and toilets are available here.

 

Jacques Point

Jacques (Pronounced ‘Jakes’ by locals) Point is a registered National Surfing Reserve renowned for its superb reef break, which is considered one of the best surf breaks along Western Australia’s Mid West coast. Waves break along the point, allowing spectators on the beach close up views of the surfing action. This break is best suited to experienced surfers. Nearby Jacques Bay offers safer waves for less experienced surfers and white sandy beaches for a day of fun in the sun.

 

Blue Holes

Just south of the town site is the snorkelling paradise of Blue Holes. Dozens of rock pools and swimming holes offer protected snorkelling and an array of marine life to view.

 

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Chinaman’s Beach

Right in the heart of town, the calm water of Chinaman’s Beach is a popular playground for families. Here, you can swim, snorkel, or simply relax on the white sandy shores. Beach and river fishing are also popular here.

 

Fishing

Kalbarri boasts some of the Coral Coast’s best shore and boat angling. Tailor and mulloway are the main targets for shore anglers, however whiting, gardie and samson fish are also reeled in. Estuary fishing may result in catches of whiting and mulloway, while dropping a net may yield blue swimmer and mangrove crabs. Further upstream, well sized black bream are also around. Fishing charters are extremely popular, satisfying both the serious angler and the novice. They regularly return with a bounty of fish including Spanish mackerel, snapper, dhufish, cod, groper, tuna, samson and dolphin fish. Please note: There is an annual deep sea fishing ban in place between 15 October and 15 December each year in Kalbarri. Please visit www.fi sh.wa.gov.au for further information.

 

Pelican Feeding

Each morning at 8.45am, Kalbarri’s resident pelicans head to the grassed area on the foreshore near the Grey and Wood Street intersection for their breakfast. Volunteer guides meet the pelicans with fish, allowing onlookers the opportunity to feed the birds their breakfast. The tradition started with a local Kalbarri fisherman who cleaned his catch and threw the scraps to the pelicans. The pelicans became accustomed to their breakfast being served on the foreshore and have been waddling up the beach for it ever since.

 

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Tours and Activities

Kalbarri tour operators offer a host of activities to explore the National Park, coast and river. Canoeing on the Murchison River is the perfect activity for a sunny afternoon, while thrill seekers may prefer abseiling the National Park’s river gorges. Boat charters leave regularly for whale watching tours (seasonally between late June and November), fishing, river or sunset cruises. South of Kalbarri, explore the dunes on a sand board or quad bike. Scenic flights, horse riding, sky diving, canyoning, paddle boating and windsurfing offer more great ways to see Kalbarri. Call into the Kalbarri Visitor Centre for more information.

 

Kalbarri Golf Club

Visitors are welcome at the Kalbarri Golf Club. The 18-hole grass green course is set within the Kalbarri Nature Reserve affording spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Murchison River.

 

Wildflowers

From July until November, around 800 species of wildflowers progressively burst into bloom around Kalbarri and within the Kalbarri National Park. Here you’ll find an array of flowers mainly along the tops of coastal cliffs and gorges. Many species are endemic to the region including the Kalbarri spider orchid, Kalbarri cat’s paw and Murchison rose. Other flowers include river gums, gold and orange banksias, star flowers, grevilleas and eucalypts. Stop by at the Kalbarri Visitor Centre for information on where to find seasonal wildflowers.

 

Kalbarri

Parrot Sanctuary and Outdoor Cinema

Kalbarri is home to Rainbow Jungle considered one of Australia’s best parrot habitats, and the country’s largest free flight aviary. Walk through tropical gardens which are home to hundreds of colourful birds from Australia and overseas. When the sun goes down, enjoy an evening under the stars at the outdoor cinema (seasonal) located in the parrot sanctuary. Bring a picnic or visit the licenced snack bar and enjoy a gourmet wood fi red pizza.

 

Kalbarri Canoe & Cray Carnival

Held over the June long weekend each year, The Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival sees locals and visitors race canoes down the Murchison River. A variety of exhibits, entertainment and a local market are held on the River Mouth foreshore.

 

Zest Festival

The Zest Festival was first held in 2011 and will run each year until 2016, which will mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of Captain Dirk Hartog in Western Australia. The festival to be held on 21 – 22 September 2013 will explore the area’s cultural connections to other countries, especially those cultures touched by the Dutch East India Company: South Africa, India, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

 

Kalbarri Visitor Information

Kalbarri Visitor Centre

70 Grey Street, Kalbarri WA 6536

Tel: 1800 639 468

Email: [email protected]

Website: kalbarri.org.au