Travel Story Loops, bluffs and bends

Seaside town has lots to offer writes OLGA DE MOELLER

There’s something for everyone in Kalbarri. From sandstone coastal cliffs to ancient river gorges, pristine beaches and spectacular surfing breaks, it’s about a seven-hour drive north of Perth in the heart of the coral coast.

Most roads to coastal sites are sealed, as are all roads to inland gorges, so you don’t need a four-wheel-drive unless you plan to go off the beaten track.

Whether you’re staying for a couple of days, or longer, there’s plenty to do and see.

Kalbarri National Park has walk trails for all abilities. Some people turn up in thongs, but sensible shoes will make it easier — and safer — to negotiate the terrain. If time is tight, just do Nature’s Window, a one-kilometre return loop to one of WA’s great natural attractions. Make sure to get a selfie framed by the rock formation with the Murchison River in the background, then head to Z-Bend Lookout — 1.2km return — where the gorge plunges 150m to stands of red river gums below.

The $24 million Kalbarri Skywalk project — two cantilevered viewing platforms with mesh walkways high above the Murchison River — is nearly finished and due to open in April-May, next year, providing sweeping views over the gorge 100m below. The cost includes road and carpark upgrades for universal accessibility, allowing everyone to enjoy the experience.

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