Written by Tom & Coralie
27/02/2009 - 02/03/2009 33 °C
After the Greyhound bus picked us up 2 hours late at 11pm we eventually arrived in Kalbarri at lunchtime. Before we arrived though we stopped at a remote roadhouse for some breakfast and I got to see a great sunrise.
There was only one hostel to stay at in town and we splashed out on a double room - bliss, after 12 hours on a bus!
We managed to organise hiring a 4WD car in the afternoon so drove out of the small town to see the coastal gorges at the National Park. The mixture of stacks, arches and general rugged coastline was stunning but the flies were a nightmare! They covered you the minute you got out of the car, getting into your eyes, nose and ears - horrible!!
The coastal gorge drive was amazing, the furthest feature was just 25km out of town (Island Rock (photo above)) and then you stopped in the car every couple of kilometres to see other features like The Grandstand, Pot Alley, Castle Cove and Red Bluff to name just a few.
The following day, Coralie donned her very sexy fly net and we headed out to the National Park again. This time it was inland around the red landscape carved into beautiful gorges by the river which made it seem like a mini Grand Canyon. Coralie snapped a great photo of me looking into one of the valleys.
There was an 8km loop walk into one of the ravines but the flies, 50 degree heat and lack of water in the dry river bed meant that we only walked the short walk to Natures Window. From here you could see through a natural red rock arch into the valley below. It was a great sight, and not many people around, so we took literally tons of photos as you can now do without worrying thanks to digital cameras and big memory cards.
After Natures Window we drove along the dirt road to the Z-bend which is another great place carved by the river. I wanted to go down the ravine for a swim but the lack of water we had with us to drink put Coralie off the steep descent.
We chilled out that night and cooked some great lamb burgers on the barbie.
The next morning we got up early to watch the pelican feeding down by the river. The pelicans (between 6 & 8) come to the same place every morning to get some free fish and tourists and locals alike come to watch. It was quite funny as most pelicans only stay in the area for about 8 weeks but one of them called Mr Percival had been around for the last 6 months and was a greedy b*stard! He chased all the other pelicans away and got mad if they got any of the fish.
In the afternoon we took a stroll to Blue Holes which is a natural protected fish sanctuary and beach. Unfortunately it was too rough to snorkel. In the evening we trusted a tip we had been given and walked out to the football pitch. There we watched the wild kangaroos feeding including a joey. I kept trying to get closer and closer for photos but then they would hop away.
The next morning we headed off to Cervantes on the bus again. Kalbarri was a sweet friendly town and the scenery of the national park was probably one of the most beautiful we had seen on all of our travels. There are some more photos of the area in the photos section.