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Murchison River Gorge Walk

  • Multiple day
  • 38 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 5

The Murchison River Gorge Walk is a 38km trail from Ross Graham Lookout to The Loop, through the dramatic landscape of Kalbarri National Park. With no marked trail or route this hike provides ample challenges to test experienced walkers.

Murchison River Gorge Walk
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Trail Start

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Ross Graham Lookout, Kalbarri National Park

Trail End

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The Loop, Kalbarri National Park

Ross Graham Lookout

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The Loop
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The Murchison River Gorge Walk is a 38km trail from Ross Graham Lookout to The Loop, through the dramatic landscape of Kalbarri National Park. With no marked trail or route this hike provides ample challenges to test experienced walkers. 

Extensive pre-planning is essential, as well as experience with route-finding, general navigation and locating drinking water sources along the way. A high level of fitness is required due to the physical challenges; including rock-hopping up and down the many narrow rock ledges high above the river while carrying a heavy pack; chimneying up and through narrow rock crevices; trudging through soft sand; and regularly stripping off to float your back-pack across the river when swimming becomes necessary where the gorge narrows and the walls steepen. 

The full walk typically takes 4 days though can be done as shorter two-day walks, with lighter packs. Permission is required before embarking on this challenge. The Parks and Wildlife Rangers in Kalbarri are the best source of information on safely walking in the gorge.

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

+61 8 9776 1207

Kalbarri Visitor Centre

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Time / Duration

3-4days

Length

38km

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Ross Graham Lookout, Kalbarri National Park

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Trail End

The Loop, Kalbarri National Park

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Bush Walk

Grade 5

Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Difficulty Notes

The Gorge Walk is classed as ‘Grade 5’ in difficulty; with no track and no marked route. Do not attempt unless you are experienced, have permission and are adequately prepared.

Hazards & Warnings

The Gorge Walk is classed as ‘Grade 5’ in difficulty; with no track and no marked route.

Facilities

  • Camping
  • Lookouts

Best time of year

July to October for wildflowers

Fees

National Park Fees

Trail Access

Access to the following sites are 36km from town on the Kalbarri-Ajana Road. These are sealed roads suitable for any vehicles, with a loop-carpark, toilets & shelter.

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