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Z Bend River Trail, Kalbarri NP Z Bend River Trail, Kalbarri NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

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

For the more adventurous hikers, once admiring the views from the Z Bend Lookout, you can embark on the trek down into the gorge, meandering between boulders and river red gums to reach the Murchison River.

Tumblagooda Sandstone contrasting against the waters of the Murchison River
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One of the most scenic locations in the Kalbarri National Park, the Z Bend is suitably named after the tight bends the Murchison River has carved into the Tumblagooda Sandstone gorge.The Z Bend can be admired from a lookout or it can be experienced first hand by taking an hour long hike descending down into the gorge. As you climb over boulders, through passages and down ladders, keep a look out for the endemic wildflower species Kalbarri Spider Orchid  as well as many other wildflowers Pink Poker, Flame Grevillea, Starflowers and many more orchids and flowering natives.

Once in the gorge if the season permits you can have a swim and cool off in the waters of the Murchison River, or walk along the rock edge and enjoy the calm surroundings.

When returning to the carpark ensure you take the time to sit back and relax, use the bbq facilities to enjoy a picnic lunch.

As this is a gorge risk area, extreme caution should be used.

Kalbarri Visitor Centre

(08) 9937 1104

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Time / Duration

2 hours return


2.6km return to carpark

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Z Bend Lookout Carpark, Z Bend Road, Kalbarri National Park, 585km North of Perth (6 hours)

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Trail End

Return to carpark via same trail

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

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

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Difficulty Notes

Steep descent down into gorge, including ladders, tight passages and climbing over boulders

Hazards & Warnings

December to April can be very hot, walk in the cooler parts of the day, carry adequate water supply


Wheelchair access limited to picnic area, trail unsuitable for wheelchairs.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

Best time of year

July to October for best viewing of wildflower season


National Park fees apply

Trail Access

22WD vehicle is adequate, however Natures Window/Z Bend Rd prohibits large vans, motorhomes, cars towing caravans and trailers

Prohibited Items

No pets or camping in the National Park
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1 trail goers have rated Z Bend River Trail, Kalbarri NP as 5 out of 5!

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Louisa Larado

Reviewed 7 Jan 2023, 8:17am

Fantastic trail with stunning views at the bottom.

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