Bigurda Trail, Kalbarri NP
The eight kilometre Bigurda Trail hugs the coastline between Eagle Gorge and Natural Bridge, providing stunning coastal views. Arrange to be dropped off at Eagle Gorge and traverse south along the coastal cliffs for 3 to 5 hours, finishing up at the Natural Bridge.
About the Trail
South of Kalbarri township lies a long stretch of coastal cliffs. Here the Indian Ocean butts up against the ancient Australian landmass, creating steep chasms, rocky inlets and bizarre formations, as it relentlessly carves away at the multi-coloured layers of sandstone and limestone.
A string of lookouts dots the impressive coast south of town and the easy Bigurda Trail (8km one way) follows the cliff tops between Natural Bridge and Eagle Gorge ; from July to November you may spot migrating whales. Closer to town are Pot Alley, Rainbow Valley, Mushroom Rock and Red Bluff, the last accessible via a walking trail from Kalbarri (5.5km one way).
Need to Know
Where the ancient rugged outback meets white sand beaches, Kalbarri is the ultimate oceanside adventure playground. On its doorstep, over 183,000 hectares of national park beckon you to explore spectacular 400 million year old river gorges, dramatic coastal rock formations and a kaleidoscope of wildflowers. Being warm and sunny for most of the year, and only a six and a half hour drive north of Perth, or a quick one and a half hour charter flight, Kalbarri is a popular holiday spot for Western Australians young and old. Here, serenity and adrenalin are found in equal measure. Hop on a Murchison River cruise, hire a paddleboat or hit the water in a kayak. Take in views from the lookouts, hike the trails, take a camel trek, or join a canyoning and abseiling tour. Swim, surf, windsurf or water ski from one of the many beaches. Throw in a line from the shore or jump aboard a fishing charter to chase the catch of a lifetime. Cycle mile-upon-mile of uninterrupted coastline, stopping at turquoise bays to cool off, or saddle up for a beachside horse ride at sunset. You can even take in the national park, coastal cliffs and Abrolhos Islands from 8,000 feet, with a tandem skydive or a scenic flight over the national park, coastline and Abrolhos Islands. Plan your trip to coincide with the wildflower season, from July to October, and you'll experience the eye-popping wonder of over 1,100 varieties of Western Australian wildflowers transforming the outback into a sea of colour. Off the coast, you'll also be treated to one of the most magical marine encounters as humpback whales and their calves slowly pass by on their annual migration, between June and November. Kalbarri's budget and family-friendly accommodation and dining options range from self-contained units, apartments and holiday homes to caravan parks and backpackers, a la carte restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets. For animal lovers, no trip is complete without breakfasting with the pelicans - watch their daily feeding ritual on the foreshore. Then head for the parrot breeding centre and support their mission to save endangered species.
Kalbarri Visitor Centre
Located on the foreshore, Allen Community Centre 70 Grey Street, Kalbarri Western Australia 6536, Australia
Phone: (08) 9937 1104 | www.kalbarriwa.info
Discover the secrets of Kalbarri, the jewel of Australia’s Coral Coast with a visit to the Kalbarri Visitor Centre. Kalbarri is more than just another resort town; it’s ideally suited for anyone looking for dream holiday with an exciting variety of options. Put on your leisure wear, add a bit of Kalbarri time and it wont be long before your great vacation memories begin to stack up. Visit the Kalbarri National Park, explore the coastal cliffs, water sports on the lower reaches of the Murchison River and experience marine life that abounds. Dolphins and whales frequent the coastal fringes and fishing is excellent throughout the year. When you arrive, come into the Kalbarri Visitor Centre where the friendly, professional staff will help you plan your activities during your stay. With so much to do, you’ll soon realise you need to stay a while. The Kalbarri Visitor Centre is open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.