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Monday, June 15, 2009

Kalbarri, Western Australia

Nature's Window


Z Bend

Ross Graham

Red Bluff

Island Rock

Hawks Head

Hawkes Head

Mouth of the Murchison River

The Kalbarri National Park is truly spectacular and the little town of Kalbarri sits at the mouth of the Murchison River. This beautiful river runs for hundreds of miles through magnificent red gorges until it finally reaches the Indian Ocean.

From late June to the end of November wildflowers blanket the sandy plains and tourists flock to this area to see hundreds of different species.

Forty to fifty degree celcius temperatures here in summer are not unusual, that's why there are so many tourists here now in the winter season. Even though it's officially winter, it doesn't feel like it. All the way up the west coast we have had mostly sunny days with an average maximum of 22 and a minimum of around 10, very comfortable indeed.

The majestic cliffs around Kalbarri are ideal for whale watching. Humpback whales visit here from June to December and gather in the sheltered waters of the bay. Not far from Kalbarri

they give birth, mate and rest before beginning their return journey to the Antarctic.

Kalbarri National Park is something truly special and not to be missed.