See the view through Nature’s Window at Kalbarri National Park.
6 and a half hours north of the Perth is the beautiful coastal town of Kalbarri. Kalbarri is on our list as one of the must-see places in Western Australia. There are many reasons that it makes the list, however probably the main reason is the iconic Nature’s Window located in Kalbarri’s National Park.
Kalbarri National Park is the perfect location for people wanting to walk in Western Australia, with a great variety of different walks available. Making it a popular walking spot in Western Australia.
Kalbarri is a gorgeous coastal town where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean, it is a beautiful spot known for its seaside cliffs, gorgeous beach and seaside pelicans.
There are daily opportunities to feed the local pelicans, at the Pelican Feeding Point. Nearly every 8:45 am opposite the Murchison Caravan Park, you can help feed the Pelicans with a Gold Coin donation. The volunteers share their knowledge of the amazing birds and great local information as well. The Pelicans have been being feed at this point since 1975 when a local by the name of Cliff Ross started feeding them. Cliff Ross used to own a museum in Kalbarri called fantasyland.
Kalbarri is a great place to fish, walk and relax. Kalbarri National Park has great gorges with some fantastic walks. There are so many places to visit Mushroom Rock, Red Loop, Z-Bend.
Another great attraction in Kalbarri is the amazing range of Wildflowers. These are in bloom between July and November and there are an amazing 800 species in Western Australia, over 600 of these are found only in Western Australia.
The gorges carved by the Murchison River in Kalbarri National Park provide a great mixture of short and long walks to see some spectacular lookouts.
For us, the standout would be the walk to see “Nature’s Window”. If you are after a short walk the perfect spot for an Instagram photo is only 400 metres from the carpark. This natural rock arch frames the Murchison river perfectly, and depending on what angle you take your shot on, the way the sun is shining, every view is different. The sandstone rock is a such a great photo opportunity, but also a great spot just to sit and reflect on life.
One look on Instagram and you can see the many photos of #natureswindow
If you are up for a long walk it is also part of a 9km loop that begins and ends at “Nature’s Window”. With our young children in tow we didn’t walk the full loop, however, we wandered up the path for a while the first kilometre is relatively even, however, we where told there is quite a steep descent into the gorge itself. Not something we wanted to attempt with preschool children.
Nature’s Window was formed by the wind eroding a section of the layered sandstone, that frames the river below. It really is one of the highlights in Kalbarri National Park.
So make sure you stand at Nature’s Window and gaze out at the glorious view. See the rich colours in the rocks and marvel at how amazing Australia is.
Walks in Kalbarri National Park
Z Bend River trail
Distance – 2.6km (return)
Terrain – Mixture of steep descents, ladder climbs, steps and rocky surfaces, with some flat surfaces as well.
Estimated time – 1.5 hours
The Loop walk (Class 4 Trail) – Moderate to High Level of fitness required.
Distance – 9km (return)
Terrain – Mixture of long even sections, steep descent into the gorge, some rocky surfaces and small climbs.
Estimated time – 3 Hours
Distance – approx 800m (return)
Terrain – Easy.
Estimated time – Depends how many photos you want to take.
Distance – approx 1km (return)
Terrain – Easy.
*Perfect spot to spot marine creatures, like dolphins or humpback whales between June and November.
Terrain – Easy, sealed path.
Ross Graham Riverwalk.
(There is access to the Ross Graham Lookout only metres from the carpark)
Distance – approx 700m
Terrain – Moderate. (Level 3 hike)
Estimated time – 1 hour
Kalbarri National Park Information
$12 per vehicle per day
$6 per vehicle (Concession)
(Passes available at the Visitors centre or the Gate)
Open 6am – 6pm
Drinking water is not available so bring your own.
Kalbarri is well worth a visit when you go to Western Australia.