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About Z Bend River Trail, Kalbarri NP
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.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
2 hours return
2.6km return to carpark
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful Items+ extra water. No drinking water available in park
+ Bathers for a swim, season permitting
Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsDecember to April can be very hot, walk in the cooler parts of the day, carry adequate water supply
FacilitiesWheelchair access limited to picnic area, trail unsuitable for wheelchairs.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- 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
22WD vehicle is adequate, however Natures Window/Z Bend Rd prohibits large vans, motorhomes, cars towing caravans and trailers
Prohibited ItemsNo pets or camping in the National Park
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Photographers DreamTumblagooda Sandstone contrasting against the waters of the Murchison River
Murchison River in the Z BendEnjoying the cooling waters of the Murchison River after walking the Z Bend River Trail.
Pink Poker WildflowerOne of the many beautiful wildflowers of the Kalbarri gorge region.
Abseiling Z Bend GorgeFor the more adventurous type
Rugged LandscapeAt the base of the Z Bend Gorge
Careful foot placementAt the base of the Z Bend Gorge
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