Kalbarri is the sort of place where nothing much changes over time. My first visit here was 1983. Our last visit here was seven years ago, and as we drove along the main drag today, we got confirmation that all was as before.
That is the charm of Kalbarri, sitting where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean. It is a place to contemplate the peacefulness of your surroundings, far away from the stresses of city life. People take things leisurely where a quick take-away order of fish and chips is likely to take 40 minutes as it did our first night. But, we thought in our rush-rush world, what’s the hurry.
The mood of the ocean and surrounding hills changes from a menacing grey under a cloudy sky to a glittering sparkle when the clouds scatter. Geographically it is a delight with coastal and river gorges, and where fishing is an obsession.
About five kilometres south of the town is a modern development called Ecoflora with high-end homes on a hill, sporting beautiful ocean views. Real estate is much less expensive here, the question to consider is whether one can tolerate a more isolated existence.
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