The first gorges in Australia

Kalbarri Travel Blog

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The early morning fog hanging low on the trees

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.

Gum tree growing out off the rock
I am here to go to the main attraction of the area - the Kalbarri National Park which is just a short ride out of the city.

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.

Natures window
Unfortunately I had missed the tiny 2 by 4 meter warning sign telling you not to do this trail in a day so we went along with it without me having read the sign. It was a long hike back up the hill coming home. The gorges in Kalbarri are fortunately nothing like the Grand Canyon - hence there is no problem getting down the track and making it back up again in a couple of hours.

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.

bashmentbabe says:
Agreed amazing pics :)
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
reikunboy says:
awesome pics
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
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The early morning fog hanging low …
The early morning fog hanging low…
Gum tree growing out off the rock
Gum tree growing out off the rock
Natures window
Natures window
The early morning fog hanging low …
The early morning fog hanging low…
The early morning fog hanging low …
The early morning fog hanging low…
The early morning fog hanging low …
The early morning fog hanging low…
Ancient animals fosilized into the…
Ancient animals fosilized into th…
Early morning at the look out - su…
Early morning at the look out - s…
Early morning at the look out - su…
Early morning at the look out - s…
Early morning at the look out - su…
Early morning at the look out - s…
Early morning at the look out - su…
Early morning at the look out - s…
Early morning at the look out - su…
Early morning at the look out - s…
Local bush
Local bush
The flowers on the bush
The flowers on the bush
The flowers on the bush
The flowers on the bush
Lone gum tree on the ledge of the …
Lone gum tree on the ledge of the…
Lone gum trees on the ledge of the…
Lone gum trees on the ledge of th…
Gum tree growing out off the rock
Gum tree growing out off the rock
colors of the rock
colors of the rock
Narrov gorge
Narrov gorge
Narrov gorge
Narrov gorge
Red colored rock
Red colored rock
Red colored rock
Red colored rock
Bottom of the gorge
Bottom of the gorge
Bottom of the gorge
Bottom of the gorge
Bottom of the gorge
Bottom of the gorge
Not much water in the river
Not much water in the river
The river in the gorge
The river in the gorge
The walls of the gorge
The walls of the gorge
The walls of the gorge
The walls of the gorge
The river at the bottom of the gor…
The river at the bottom of the go…
Reflections in the water
Reflections in the water
Sandstone formed by prehistoric wa…
Sandstone formed by prehistoric w…
More gum trees
More gum trees
First look out - now with more sun…
First look out - now with more su…
First look out - now with more sun…
First look out - now with more su…
First look out - now with more sun…
First look out - now with more su…
First look out - now with more sun…
First look out - now with more su…
First look out - now with more sun…
First look out - now with more su…
Walking into Natures window
Walking into Natures window
The gorge en route to Natures Wind…
The gorge en route to Natures Win…
The gorge en route to Natures Wind…
The gorge en route to Natures Win…
The gorge en route to Natures Wind…
The gorge en route to Natures Win…
Natures window
Natures window
The river from Natures Window
The river from Natures Window
Natures window
Natures window
River at another look out - now wi…
River at another look out - now w…
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