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  • Half day
  • 9 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The 9 km Loop Walk in Kalbarri National Park takes you past the iconic Natures Window and follows a loop in the Murchison River.
This trail is best hiked in the cooler months between May and October as temperatures in the gorge can reach 50C in summer.

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Natures Window car park, Kalbarri National Park, 590km (7.5 hours) north of Perth

Nature's Window is a natural rock arch which superbly frames the upstream view.
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 The Loop Trail highlights the erosive power of the Murchison River which has carved magnificent gorges to reveal the red and white banded rock. 

This difficult, 9 kilometre trail follows the edge of the cliff, with magnificent views of the river below, before working its way down to the river bank. The trail continues along the river with sandy beaches, river gums and the possibility of swimming. 

After following a loop in the river the trail eventually climbs out of the gorge, back up to Nature’s Window and on to the carpark.

Temperatures along this walk can reach 50C in summer. It is recommended that you plan your hike for the cooler months (May to October) and avoid this hike in hot weather. The Loop Trail is closed after  7am from November to March inclusive.  Be prepared - carry and drink 3 to 4 litres per person per day,  wear a hat, loose clothing and sturdy footwear. Hike with a companion and tell someone where you are going.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service

+61 8 9776 1207

Kalbarri Visitor Centre

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Time / Duration

3 - 5 hours

Length

9 km loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Natures Window car park, Kalbarri National Park, 590km (7.5 hours) north of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Some steep sections and uneven surfaces.

Hazards & Warnings

Summer months (December to April) can be extremely hot. Keep to the trails and stay off cliff edges which are unstable. Sometimes the trail follows rock platforms and this can be a scramble at times.

Facilities

  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area

Best time of year

May to October

Fees

Entry fees apply to Kalbarri National Park - http://parks.dbca.wa.gov.au/know/fees

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets or fires permitted. Gas appliances allowed.
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6 trail goers have rated Loop Walk, Kalbarri NP as 4.5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Kim Fawcett

Reviewed 6 May 2022, 12:36pm

Great walk and fantastic scenery. A few steep climbs and descents, only a couple of really tricky spots and some walking through deep sand. They are not kidding when they recommend you take 3-4 litres of water!
Tim Crofts

Reviewed 1 Aug 2020, 9:01pm

One of my top 5 trails in WA. Amazing scenery. Start it at dawn at Natures Window and take lots of water and some snacks. Definitely avoid it if it's going to be over 30 degrees as it gets a lot hotter in the gorge. Requires reasonable fitness and wear good hiking boots preferably.
Kelly Kane

Reviewed 17 Jun 2020, 9:08pm

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk, every corner you turn there is another breath taking view. I went in June so heat wasn't so much of an issue but still warm. The colours in the rock formations are amazing. Took me 2.15 but I walk fast and didn't stop much. Take more water than you think you need as you need it. I started my walk at 8.30am but wish I had of arrived earlier as it still gets hot down there even in winter. Enjoy.
Hanoz Kapadia

Reviewed 27 Jun 2017, 10:41am

Don't end your visit to Kalbarri before visiting this national park. And if you're a bush walking enthusiast, don't complete your visit to this NP without walking this trail. It's absolutely beautiful! I'd do it again if I were to visit Kalbarri again.
Claire Hearn

Reviewed 22 Apr 2015, 8:37am

I loved kalbarri. I didn't find the walk too difficult. Can't wait to go back and do longer walks. Read about it on https://journeysclaire.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/fifty-shades-of-contrast-i-dont-like-kalbarri-i-love-it/
pete mc dermott

Reviewed 16 Sep 2014, 7:56pm

excellent walk along the river base, take water/drink for a picnic along the way, cover up from the sun, have fun and enjoy a really interesting walk..

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