It’s easy to see how Hawks Head got its name! The hawk-shaped rock structure can be seen from Hawks Head Lookout in the ancient Kalbarri National Park, six hours drive north of Perth in the magnificent Coral Coast region of Western Australia. The lookout is a wonderful vantage point to see, not only Hawks Head but the mighty Murchison River gorge below.
Kalbarri National Park covers a massive 183,000 hectares and contains a wide variety of landscapes - from sand plains to coastal cliffs and spectacular gorges. The lookout is just 100 metres along Hawks Head Walk, from the main carpark and picnic area. Interpretative panels explain how to read the rock patterns and structures and provide information on the flora and fauna.
Head way out West and discover the beauty of WA’s wildflowers, natural formations and historic attractions. Flights take you in to Perth for 2 night stay with coach touring which includes visits to Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Hyden, Albany, Pemberton, Margaret River and Busselton. Cruise the Donnelly River, marvel at The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island and be mesmerised by dreamtime legends in the Ngilgi Caves.
Kalbarri National Park is one of Australia’s best-known national parks and for good reason. During the wildflower season from July to October, it springs to life with a magical display of colour and beauty, peaking in August.
There are several wildflower species that can only be found in Kalbarri National Park including the Kalbarri spider orchid. There are other varieties of orchids, as well as flame grevillea, starflowers, smoke bush, and wattle.
Pick any walk in Kalbarri National Park and you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views at every turn. The Murchison River winds its way through the ancient gorge creating many beautiful swimming spots to enjoy.
Wildlife is abundant too, though it has taken some effort with issues created by feral animals. The balance and diversity of life have been and continue to be restored to ensure the natural system is maintained within the gorge, for all to enjoy.
Kalbarri is a real adventurer’s paradise located at the mouth of the Murchison River. This friendly holiday destination attracts visitors to enjoy a host of land and sea-based activities from canoeing and quad biking to horse riding and abseiling.
Kalbarri National Park offers a variety of tours, taking visitors through its rocky gorges and dramatic coastal cliffs, or for a swim in its cool river or perfect beaches. The area boasts many waterways brimming with wildlife. During whale migration season, you can witness these majestic creatures as they play just off the coastline.
An impressive man-made feature is the Kalbarri Skywalk (Kaju Yatka.) These twin skywalks are 100-metres apart at the Inyaka Wookai Watju site and project 25 metres and 17 metres beyond the gorge rim, sitting 100-metres above the Murchison River. The skywalks provide outstanding views over the rust-red cliffs, mighty river, and lush bushland of the Murchison River Gorge.
Kalbarri and Kalbarri National Park are part of the traditional lands of the Nanda people. In 2018, the Nanda were recognised as the traditional owners of more than 17,000 square kilometres of land and water in the Yamatji region, in Western Australia.
Yes, the Murchison River is quite safe to swim in and there are several spots to be found as it winds its way through the park. Chinaman's Beach is popular with its safe, shallow water.
There are a wide variety of colourful creatures that call Kalbarri National Park home. On a walk or tour through the park, you may come across the red kangaroo, short-beaked echidna, emus and several species of geckos and snakes. The park hosts almost 100 different species of birds, including eagles, osprey, herons, cuckoo birds, the Australian Ringneck, and honeyeaters.
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