The first gorges in Australia
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I have spent the night in a tiny town called Kalbarri. I got up here yesterday driving up north from Pinnacles - on the way up here I passed through Geraldton. I didn’t notice a lot of stuff in Geraldton - but there was one thing I will not see again for a while from now - a traffic light. Now I am in the Outback Australia and modern things like cell phone reception and traffic light is something which belongs to another world.
There are not really a lot to see or do in Kalbarri city. It is a small place with a few minor attractions like a bird park with the native birds of Australia. But I am not in town for any of those kinds of things.
Out in the park it is a nice and sunny day. But one of the advantages of going here during the winter time is the temperature is not overly hot. Actually it is a nice little day to go and hike around the area. I go for a couple of the lookouts and a bit of a hike down a couple of the gorges. The red colors of Australia is coming out ever more clearly as the sun get a bit higher up on the sky.
I am always a bit nervous when hiking down in a canyon because you know you’ll have to be able to make your own way back up again. And I still remember my one encounter with the Black Angel Trail in Grand Canyon - it is a seriously long trail down the canyon and all the way back up.
There are actually a few of the sights in Kalbarri which is actually up a hill. The most famous of all the attractions in Kalbarri isn’t even a gorge - but a rock formation on the top of one of the gorges. The formation is a small rock where the central parts have eroded away so it has created something which is almost an arch. The arch like rock is called nature’s window and from up there you can have a view of the gorge below. Natures window make a nice picture frame for the ton of photos people go up and take every day.