The travel is far enough away that you don’t want to try to travel for a long weekend, but if you can get 5 days off a week, this is the perfect place to relax. If you are visiting Perth from abroad and have some free time, you should definitely put this on your list.
The road from Perth to Kalbarri is one of Western Australia’s classic treks and something every Perth resident should do at least once, as well as an excellent destination for those lucky enough to come to W.A. for a longer trip.
The impressive Z Bend Lookout.
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Highlights of the trip from Perth to Kalbarri
- Calbarri National Park with its ancient rock formations and epic canyons
- A beautiful rugged coastline with cliffs and turquoise water
- A huge, almost unbelievable lake of roses…
- Surprising and peaceful campsite in nature
- The surreal landscape of the Pinnacle desert.
Where to rent a car in Perth
Before you hit the road, you need to rent a car (if you don’t already have one!). The easiest way is to visit Rentalcars.com, where you will find a wide selection of providers at very interesting prices. We always use this site wherever we travel! Use the form below for a quick search.
Please note that it is not necessary to have 4 wheels to make this Perth-Calbarry trip. All highlights in this itinerary are accessible via paved roads and highways, with the exception of wilderness campsites.
The Perth-Calbarri trip – An epic 5-day journey
The rocks in the sweat lane light up at sunset.
From Perth to Kalbarri (via Laguna Hutt).
Your first day is a solid driving day; Calbarry is about 6 hours from Perth, so you should try to start as early as possible. The road follows the coastline and along the way you’ll pass farmland, hills, coastal views and more.
The grand finale of the beautiful views along the route reaches Hutt Lagoon, which you should pass right in front of you on the final approach to Calbarri. If you leave early enough, you can spend some time here looking for the best vantage points and taking great photos.
Laguna Hutt – Pink Lake
Pink Lake is truly an amazing sight that must be seen to be believed. The photos have not been retouched or adjusted to enhance the color, this lake is a real find and does not disappoint! However, the color changes with the time of day, and the afternoon is the best time to look at it. The sunset can also change color and provide a spectacular view.
There are several places to stop along Port Gregory Road, as well as an official viewpoint that offers an excellent perspective. We stopped at a turnoff on the main road from Perth to Calbarry that gave access to the other side of the lake.
The town of Calbarri is about a 30-minute drive from Hutt Lagoon. Depending on whether you want to camp or stay overnight, you should plan your trip so that you can take advantage of daylight to set up camp.
► Are you hoping to get an overview? Why not book a scenic flight over Hutt Lagoon for an unforgettable experience! Panoramic flights depart from Calbarri and include a flight over the coastal cliffs near the town. Click here for more information on flight prices and availability.
Laguna Hutt, seen from above.
Where to stay in Calbarri
Camping / Holiday park
Old Murchison House Station – Located right next to a national park, this former station offers both camping with facilities and camping in the wild. If you stay near the farm, you can opt for a spot that stretches along the beautiful Murchison River. Here you will find toilets, hot showers and simple camping kitchens.
If you want to go camping in the wilderness, you will need a suitable all-terrain vehicle, as the slopes are difficult. You can cross the river and there is a huge area to explore with dozens of campsites to choose from. You must be completely self-sufficient. Book your campsite here.
Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park – If you want to stay in town and enjoy the convenience of a real campground, this park is an excellent choice. You can get an unfurnished home for a lower price or treat yourself to a villa.
The park has all the amenities you could need, including Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and plenty of facilities to keep kids entertained. The park is within walking distance of the beautiful beaches of Calbarry. Book your campsite here or book your villa here.
Kalbarri Beach Resort – Fully furnished apartments on the Murchison River with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzis. Free parking is available and Kalbarri National Park is a 25-minute drive away. Book your apartment here.
Kalbarri Edge Resort is a centrally located hotel with clean and well-maintained rooms, a heated pool, barbecue facilities and a restaurant/bar. Free parking is also available on site. Book your room here.
Don’t miss the sunset at the Nature Window!
Sunrise is not so bad either.
Days 2 to 4
In and around Calbarri
You have 3 full days to enjoy all the beautiful views around Kalbarri. Below are the best things to see and do, so you can plan your days around everything and have plenty of time to relax and rest at your convenience.
The next section is in two parts, starting with what there is to do in and around Calbarri, followed by a separate section on Calbarri National Park.
What to see and do in Calbarri
Coastal cliffs – Pot Alley and Red Bluff
Just a few minutes drive south of downtown Calbarri, you’ll find a host of detour to various vantage points over the stunning coastal cliffs. While there are many options, we found Sweat Alley and Red Bluff to be our favorites.
Pot Alley offers stunning views of the unique sandstone cliffs crumbling and plunging into the sea like perfect replicas one by one. At Red Bluff Lookout, take a short walk along the peninsula’s ridge for breathtaking views from the highest point.
The two lookout points are wonderful places for sunset, often windy, but if you are lucky, you can prepare a picnic to enjoy the beautiful scenery even more.
An alley of pots watching the sunset.
The local beach, located in downtown Calbarri, offers perfect white sand and a truly interesting spot where the Murchison River meets the sea. Nearby there is a store, barbecue and picnic areas, and the opportunity to rent kayaks and other water sports equipment.
You can easily spend an entire day here sunbathing and exploring the river by kayak. You may find this the perfect place to relax when no one else is around.
The Murchison experience
If you want a more organized time on the river and a cultural adventure, check out the Murchison Experience. You can explore the river by canoe and then enjoy a delicious fresh lunch of local produce and Australian classics.
You will also be taught bush climbing and how to make Australian slides. A great experience for adults and children alike. To learn more about how to book this experience, click here.
Calbarri-Vagoe mountain bike tours on the beach
Consult this company if you want to see some of the less visited areas of the Kalbarri coast. They will take you to amazing sand dunes where you can have fun on a quad bike or dune baby carriage.
If you have never ridden an ATV before, this is the place to do it! Many places offer ATV rides these days, but some are better than others, and this is a really good place to experience it for the first time.
A beautiful parrot in the rainbow jungle bird park.
If you are tired of relaxing and lazing in the sun, visit Calbarri Abseil. They will take you to Kalbarri National Park where you will have a unique view of the cliffs.
If you’ve never been, it’s a very rewarding and fun experience. Why just look at the cliffs when you can climb them? Click here to learn more about booking abseiling tours.
Rainbow Jungle Bird Park
Stroll through this colorful bird park to see many of Australia’s native birds. You’ll see black cockatoos, pink and gray galaxies, eclectic parrots, South American macaws and much more!
There is a large, free-flying aviary where you can stroll through the beautiful gardens while swarms of beautiful parrots fly around the trees.
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults $16/Children $8
Exploration around the Z Bend lookout.
What to see and do in Calbarri National Park.
There are two entrances to the national park, one to the west (closer to town) that leads to the main attractions, and another a little further away that leads to some additional attractions.
Camping is not allowed in the national park, nor are pets, so plan accordingly. If you are camping, be sure to bring all provisions, as there is no drinking water in the park.
Discover the incredible river gorges from a different angle on a 45-minute scenic flight. Your pilot will guide you through the national park and comment on the breathtaking landscapes. For more information and to book a sightseeing flight, visit this site.
Access to Calbarri National Park: $15 per vehicle / free for National Park pass holders
Window on nature, Calbarri National Park
Nature’s Window – This site has become a favorite spot for photographers and it does not disappoint. Not only is the “Window” itself a beautiful place, but also the rock formations and valleys that surround it.
Where the window is located is an amazing viewpoint that can be seen in the rushing river valleys with huge walls carved into the ground. The observation platform is 1 km from the Nature Window parking lot.
Z Bend Lookout is one of the most picturesque places in the park. The lookout is ideally situated on a spectacular hairpin bend in the river. It’s a great place to take photos, and you have plenty of room to move around and choose different angles around the lookout.
From the parking lot, there is a 1.2-mile return path to the viewpoint, from which you can begin longer hikes; see the next section for more details.
Kalbarri Skywalk – These two skyscrapers, recently inaugurated, rise impressively from the edge of a huge cliff. They offer breathtaking views of much of the national park.
The glass panels on the floor and walls give great views of the river below and the twin platforms a short distance away. There is a kiosk with coffee and snacks, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The viewpoint is accessible from the nearby parking lot, making it the best stopping point for those with mobility problems.
Impressive views from the Calbarri Sky Walk.
Ross Graham Lookout – This lookout and hiking trail offer another view of the canyons while taking you to the edge of the river. The treetop trail is a good and easy walk of only 700 feet from the parking lot.
Hawks Head Lookout – Here you have a view of the upper part of the canyon that you may have just entered on your way to another lookout. This is a great view with nice photo opportunities of a green canyon full of vegetation and some interesting rocks at the top.
Views of the incredible canyon of Calbarri National Park
Hiking in Calbarri National Park
Z Bend River Trail – This trail starts at the Z Bend Viewpoint and takes you 2.7 miles through beautiful scenery to the river. The hike is quite challenging and steep, so plan accordingly and bring plenty of water.
The Loop Trail is a truly breathtaking hike and a highlight of the national park. From the Window on Nature viewpoint, you hike over the ridge above the gorge, then down to and along the Murchison River.
Finally, return to the window of nature to conclude the hike. The scenery is beautiful and it is best to start early in the morning or late in the afternoon, but make sure to allow enough time to get back before nightfall, as the terrain is steep and rugged.
The hike is about 8 km long and takes about 3-4 hours.
Beginning of the loop
From Kalbarri to Perth (via the Pinnacle desert).
The last day of your trip, of course, means having to return to Perth, but don’t despair, there is another highlight! Just off the highway, about two-thirds of the way back to Perth, is Nambung National Park, also known as the Pinnacle Desert.
This landscape of the other world is an excellent last stop on the journey and is a highlight in itself, not just a side view. The desert has a driving route suitable for all conventional vehicles from which you can admire the scenery, with many places to stop and walk if you wish.
If you leave Calbarri early enough, it’s a great stop for lunch, with a cup of coffee and snacks at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center itself is an interesting place to visit, without the need for a long walk. You’ll find well-mounted exhibits that showcase the history of this beautiful national park and the wildlife that lives there.
Remember, as with most national parks in Western Australia, there is a fee ($15) for the car trip unless you have an annual pass to the national park.
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Frequently asked questions
Where do I stay between Perth and Culbarry?
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How long does it take to get from Perth to Kalbarri?
Perth – Calbarry by car The journey from Perth to Calbarry takes approximately 6-7 hours by car.
How many days do you need in Calbarri?
This park consists of two parts – the Calbarri Coastal Park and the Calbarri Inland Park. With a diverse landscape, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of opportunities for hiking, there is plenty to do at Calbarri National Park for two full days!
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