Casual Last Day In Kalbarri

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May 11th 2019
Published: May 11th 2019
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Where did our week go? This was our last day in Kalbarri before heading off early in the morning for Exmouth, about an eight hour drive. So we had to do laundry, vacuum some of the red dust that infiltrated our vehicle and get our packing organized. We did have a chance though to explore a couple of nearby spots and spend a bit of time taking in the sun on the river mouth beach.

Meanarra Lookout

This lookout sits several kilometres east of town and gives panoramic views of the Murchison River, Kalbarri on its banks and of course, the vast Indian Ocean. Clearly visible also, were several clearly delineated black areas which were the sites of localized bush fires. The hill sits within the Kalbarri National Park which is without trees and as far as one can see is a carpet with shades of green and gold scrub.

Red Bluff

This rocky outcrop forms part of the coastal gorges with their red and yellow sandstone cliffs. There is an easy walk of one kilometre roundtrip to the lookout. The only danger is if veering off the path, the overhanging cliff rocks are somewhat unstable. The other thing is the wind. Kalbarri is known for at times its unrelenting wind, but up here there was a real gale blowing. Sometimes we had to fight to keep ourselves from falling over.

Interestingly, a Captain George Grey, smashed two small boats nearby after he and his men paddled 56 hours from the Carnarvon area in 1830 after their main ship got wrecked. Ultimately, they walked to Perth with the help of Aboriginals from the Nanda tribe. Grey ultimately became Governor of South Australia and later, New Zealand.

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