The Murchison River mouth and foreshore:
The Murchison River is just 4-minutes walk from our park, carving its way past the entire town of Kalbarri.
The tide brings refreshing clear water from the ocean into the river mouth, creating ideal swimming areas that are the perfect place to cool off. Swimming spots start at Chinaman’s Beach and continue northwards for 1.5kms.
Boating, fishing (certain spots), and paddling are also popular activities on the river.
At the foreshore, meet the pelicans at 8.45 each morning as they make their way to the grassed area where they are fed by volunteers. There’s a fabulous kids nature playground with picnic tables, BBQ’s shade shelters with cafes and restaurants nearby.
If you have a 4WD, there’s a dirt track along the river north of town that is great to explore.
Located at the mouth of the Murchison River where the river it meets the sea, Chinaman’s Beach is a great spot to swim in the turquoise blue waters. It’s great for families and kids with its sheltered cove, making it a perfect spot to refresh on a hot day.
It also offers great views, shade shelters, a toilet block and barbeque area. Dolphins are often seen around sunset. There’s an area to fish near the rocks or from a wheelchair accessible platform.
Blue Holes Beach
Thriving marine life, crystal clear waters, limestone reef and sheltered beach put Blue Holes on the must do list for Kalbarri. Located in a Fish Habitat Protection Area, with 70 species of finfish, 11 species of coral, crustaceans, western rock lobsters and more, it’s the place to put on your goggles and snorkel. The best time to visit this popular swimming and snorkelling spot is in the morning. It’s only a 5-minute drive from town or a 2km walk or cycle south along the Melaleuca Walk Trail. Facilities include boardwalk, carpark, public toilets and a shade shelter.
Jacque’s Point – National Surfing Reserve
Locally known as Jake’s Point, this superb left-hand break produces a world-class wave and is one of Western Australia’s most famous and remote surfing breaks.
It is on most surfers’ list., but if you’re not a surfer, with the elevated coastline creating a natural grandstand it is a great place to watch surfers and dolphins take on up to 10ft waves! Or stand just metres from the powerful waves on the shore.
Just down the beach, Jakes Bay provides protected areas from the sea breeze., offering a smaller option, ideal for the novice surfer. The shallow rock pools away from the moving water make this a child friendly beach area.
To enjoy the striking views, take a walk from Jakes Point to Red Bluff.
Facilities include carpark, public toilets and shade shelters. Dog friendly.
Coastal Cliffs – be sure to check out Natural Bridge and Island Rock, Pot Alley, Eagle Gorge and Bigurda Trail.
Join a whale watching tour and look for humpback whales spy-hopping, breaching and mothers with calves from Jun-Nov or look for them from the many vantage points along the coast.
World-class Fishing – great beach fishing, fishing and crayfishing charters (incl catch and keep) and estuary fishing make Kalbarri a fisher’s paradise. Watch the monthly weigh-ins at the pub by the local angling club.
Depending on the season the Fishing Charters will target Pink Snapper, Dhufish, Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Bald Chin Groper, Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna and Sharks.
Quad Biking and Beach Buggies
Quad Biking and Beach Buggy Tours – enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, cliffs and whales (in season) and the excitement of driving your own quad-bike or beach buggy to remote locations.