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albarri has a solid
reputation as a seaside
holiday town and
has more beds than
Geraldton or Exmouth. It is great
for kids, and the weather, fishing,
walking tracks and gorges are
all excellent. From Kalbarri, it’s
also a day trip to Monkey Mia
and Shark Bay. Winter is the best
time to go, when the weather is
mild and the wind and flies die
down. From June to November,
humpback whales can be seen
from the cliffs in the Kalbarri
National Park – whale sharks have
also been spotted. You
don’t have to go out on a boat
to see them, although there are
whale-watching charters you
can take. The Kalbarri National
Park is a wildflower hotspot,
with about 800 different species
blooming progressively from
July to October. This is where
the spectacle starts before it
moves south. You can also now
enjoy a more rugged experience
on one of the stations and farms
just out of town on the way to
the National Park along the
“An outdoor adventure
wonderland, you have to book
way in advance for peak times”
Between June and November,
for land-based whale watching,
head to the coastal cliffs at Natural
Bridge, Eagle Gorge and Red Bluff,
or go on a whale-watching charter.
Jacques Point is the famous local
reef break and everyone talks
about it, mainly because it allows
spectators close-up views of
experienced surfers in action.
The Murchison River region has
around 200 species. Check out the
estuary, Red Bluff and river tracks
near town. The Murchison River
Bridge on Great Northern Highway
to Ten Mile Pool has up to 80
different species of birds.
In winter, the prevailing south-
west winds that are so common
on summer afternoons die down
and the weather is mild, making
it the best time to go fishing.
Shore anglers fish for tailor and
mulloway all year round, and
whiting is particularly good in
winter. Fishing in the estuary will
yield cod, mulloway and chopper
tailor, while further upstream
there are good-sized black bream.
Close to town | fish between Red
Bluff beach and Wittecarra Creek,
or at protected Chinamans Beach
off the two recreational jetties. A
new jetty is under construction
opposite the Marina Complex.
Out of town | locals fish at Lucky
Bay, about 40km south of town.
There is no signage and it is 4WD
only, so you’ll need to ask for
directions. This area is a popular
snorkelling and sandboarding spot
too. There is a 4WD beach track
between Lucky Bay and Wagoe,
another good fishing area, while
north of the river mouth Zuytdorp
Cliffs is a rugged but popular
spot. It’s great for snapper. You
can also camp there free if you get
permission from Murchison House
Station. Always talk to the local
expert at the tackle shop for advice.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS
Interact with the parrots at Rainbow Jungle, have a pizza and watch a
movie at the outdoor cinema.
Get out on the water on a dinghy, kayak or paddleboat and explore the
protected harbour. Fish off the jetties or go crabbing in the river.
Snorkel at the Blue Holes at low tide.
Ride a pony at Big River Ranch.
Play putt-putt, ride pedal karts and visit the pirate theme park at the
Kalbarri Family Entertainment Centre.
Near Wagoe, explore the sand dunes on a sandboard or quad bike.
Picnic at the Hawk’s Head and Ross Graham lookouts in
Kalbarri National Park.
Hiking at Eagle Gorge in Kalbarri
National Park (Photography Tourism WA).
Feed the pelicans, on Kalbarri waterfront from around
8.45 each morning (Photography Tourism WA).
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