Kalbarri National Park, Daniel Zupanc / Auscape International

Population 1329

Kalbarri lies at the mouth of the Murchison River, flanked by Kalbarri National Park. Established in 1951, the town is a popular holiday resort, famous for the magnificent gorges up to 130 metres deep along the river. Just south of the township a cairn marks the spot where in 1629 Captain Pelsaert of the Dutch East India Company marooned two crew members implicated in the Batavia shipwreck and massacre. These were the first, albeit unwilling, white inhabitants of Australia.

Visitor Information

70 Grey St; (08) 9937 1104


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In Town

Pelican feeding: daily feeding from late Apr until the end of Feb by volunteers on the river foreshore; starts 8.45am; off Grey St.

Family Entertainment Centre: trampolines, minigolf, bicycle hire; Magee Cres; (08) 9937 1105.


Kalbarri National Park Gazetted in 1963, this park has dramatic coastal cliffs along its western boundary, towering river gorges and seasonal wildflowers, many of which are unique to the park. The Murchison River has carved a gorge through sedimentary rock known as Tumblagooda sandstone, creating a striking contrast of brownish red and purple against white bands of stone. Embedded in these layers are some of the earliest signs of animal life on earth. There are many lookouts including Nature's Window at the Loop, which overlooks the Murchison Gorge, and the breathtaking scenery at Z Bend Lookout. Along the 20 km coastal section of the park, lookouts such as Mushroom Rock, Pot Alley and Eagle Gorge offer panoramic views and whale-watching sites. Dolphins, whale sharks and whales frequent the coastal waters, and the fishing is excellent. Bushwalking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing tours, rafting, cruises, camping safaris, coach and wilderness tours, and barbecue facilities are all available. Contact visitor centre for details. 57 km E.

Rainbow Jungle: breeding centre for rare and endangered species of parrots, cockatoos and exotic birds set in landscaped tropical gardens. Also here is the largest walk-in parrot free-flight area in Australia and an outdoor cinema featuring the latest movies; Red Bluff Rd; 3 km S

Wildflower Centre: view over 200 species on display along a 1.8 km walking trail. Visit the plant nursery and herbarium, where you can purchase seeds and souvenirs; open July–Nov; Ajana–Kalbarri Rd; 3km E.

Murchison House Station: tours available of one of the oldest and largest stations in WA, which includes historic buildings and cemetery, display of local arts and crafts, and wildflowers; seasonal, check with visitor centre; Ajana–Kalbarri Rd; 4 km E.

Big River Ranch: enjoy horseriding through the spectacular countryside; Ajana–Kalbarri Rd; 4 km E.

Wittecarra Creek: cairn marking the site where 2 of the mutineers from the Dutch ship Batavia were left as punishment for their participation in the murders of 125 survivors of the wreck; 4 km S.

Hutt River Province: independent sovereign state founded in 1970; 50 km SE; see Northampton.

Fishing spots near town

Kalbarri 3 km

The Murchison River at Kalbarri, about six hours’ drive north of Perth, produces a variety of fish including bream to 52 cm. ‘We also catch small mulloway in the river, yellowfin whiting, blue manna and green... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Snorkelling in Kalbarri National Park 4 km

Near Kalbarri there are several top snorkelling spots, including the protected Blue Holes, Red Bluff and Chinamans Beach.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Black Rock Cafe

With an emphasis on freshness, since the seafood comes from the Indian Ocean, it’s no wonder the Black Rock Café is very popular with locals and tourists. Established in 1999 and overlooking the Murchison... Find out more

The Grasstree Cafe and Restaurant

Catering well to the passing tourist trade, the Grasstree Cafe and Restaurant sources many of its fresh ingredients locally. The menu has an emphasis on seafood with an Asian twist, and diners might be lucky enough to be... Find out more

The Jetty Seafood Shack

Enjoy spectacular marina views and Kalbarri sunsets while savouring the fresh seafood at The Jetty Seafood Shack. This fish and chippery cooks fresh to order, with the option of having your fish battered, crumbed or... Find out more

Zuytdorp Restaurant

Situated within the Kalbarri Beach Resort, the Zuytdorp serves international cuisine catering well to many the region’s many visitors. Also on-site is Jake’s Bistro, offering a blackboard menu, buffet and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Murchison River Caravan Park

This family-operated park is across the road from the water and is located in the heart of Kalbarri. It is a good quality tourist park. Pets are allowed outside school holidays. Bookings are required in school holidays... Find out more

Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park 1 km

This is a good quality park in an exciting seaside location. The park, not on the beach, is about 1 km from the centre of town. Bookings required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Gregory Caravan Park 54 km

Located in the centre of this small historic town, the park is neatly maintained and will appeal to those looking for a quieter location close to the seaside. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gecko Lodge

Gecko Lodge is a boutique B&B offering adult-only accommodation. Although secluded, the lodge is close to the beach, the Murchison River, shops and cafes. Contemporary in design and purpose built, the lodge has four... Find out more

Kalbarri Murchison View Apartments

Sitting at the mouth of the Murchison River, and just 100 metres from the beach and amenities, the Kalbarri Murchison View Apartments are ideally located to explore the region. The self-contained apartments have two or... Find out more

Kalbarri Palm Resort

Ideal for a family break or a romantic getaway, the Kalbarri Palm Resort is located in the town centre. The resort includes two pools, outdoor spa, cricket pitch, a tennis court and a playground. There are an assortment... Find out more

Kalbarri Seafront Villas

Offering river and ocean views and a range of villas, the Kalbarri Seafront Villas are located in the heart of town. All apartments are spacious and self-contained, with internet access, cable TV and complimentary dinghy... Find out more

Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park

The Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park is just moments away from all that Kalbarri has to offer. On-site are cabins, caravan and powered camping sites, a brand-new pool and camp kitchen. There’s wireless internet... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Riverside Sanctuary, Ajana 58 km

More than ten years ago, the owners of this sheep and wheat farm, inland from Kalbarri, noticed the environmental degradation on their property from many years of soil tillage compounded by erosion and compaction from... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Murchison River rest area 53 km

120km S of Billabong (L) or 61km N of Northampton (R)

Well off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

Tanks rest area 59 km

70km S of Billabong (L) or 111km N of Northampton (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub. Located at a tank site.

Nerren rest area 71 km

46km S of Billabong (R) or 135km N of Northampton (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Northampton park area 84 km

At Northampton

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Oakabella rest area 97 km

17km S of Northampton (R) or 34km N of Geraldton (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Sport Fishing Classic: Mar.

Canoe and Cray Carnival: June.

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