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Day Trip to Kalbarri National Park

Kathryn SaraKathryn Sara

Kalbarri National Park is located on the coast of Western Australia and is known for its coastal views and landmarks. Diving, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snorkelling and fishing can all be enjoyed along Kalbarri. Walk along one of the many hiking trails clearly marked out for your convenience. Eagle Gorge, Island Rock, Natural Bridge, and Red Bluff are just some of the best-known destinations along this coast.

I spent 1 entire day driving and walking around Kalbarri National Park starting at Hutt Lagoon and making my way along to coast from Island Rock to the Kalbarri foreshore. This national park is fall of beauty and I recommend it to anyone travelling along the coast of Western Australia. Here are the 4 places I stopped at on my day trip to Kalbarri National Park.

Kalbarri National Park Location

Kalbarri National Park Location

Hutt Lagoon

Hutt Lagoon is a salt lake that is the colour pink due to the presence of carotenoid that produced algae. Depending on the time of year and the weather, Hutt Lagoon can also change it’s colour to red or purple. This lake is beautiful, relaxing, and picturesque and a must do when travelling through Kalbarri National Park. Drive along Port-Gregory Road for the best view of Hutt Lagoon.

Hutt Lagoon, Kalbarri National Park

Hutt Lagoon, Kalbarri National Park

Island Rock to Natural Bridge

Take the boardwalk from Island Rock to Natural Bridge for views of epic coastlines, towering cliffs, and rock formations. Keep an eye out for whales (seasonally) as they migrate through the oceans along Kalbarri National Park. Take your time walking along this boardwalk and head to the lookouts for spectacular views. Island Rock and Natural Bridge are both naturally beautiful and I highly recommend a visit to these two areas.

Kalbarri Boardwalk

Rock Island Boardwalk, Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri Foreshore

Located in the heart of Kalbarri, see beautiful beaches, hike to nearby walking trails, and see the pelicans relaxing on the shore. Head to the Kalbarri Community Markets located along the foreshore and find jewellery, handmade goods, foods, face painting and more.

Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park

Eagle Gorge

From the car park, walk to the lookout of Eagle Gorge and see amazing coastlines, cliffs and the Murchison River. Indulge in this epic view and embrace the winding conditions. Explore into the gorge and walk around for a bit of adventure. Go for a swim in the ocean and explore the gorge by foot.

For anyone looking for a bit more of a hike, the Birgurda Trail starts from Eagle Gorge and continues for 8 km all the way to Natural Bridge. This trail hugs the coastline of Kalbarri National Park and offers stunning coastal views and stops at popular locations such as Shellhouse Gorge, Grandstand Rock Gorge and Island Rock.

Eagle Gorge, Kalbarri National Park

Eagle Gorge, Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park is a great place to adventure to for the day or for a few days. There is so must to see and do around this beautiful national park so take your time and really indulge in its beauty. I spent a lot of my time on the coast but head inland to the national park for more rock formations and gorges.

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