Despite its very recent opening ‘Kaju Yatka’, better known as the Kalbarri Skywalk, has already turned into one of the Coral Coast’s most popular attractions and it’s easy to see why!
The impressive structure of the Kalbarri Skywalk is perched right on the cliff-top. Two 100-meter-high lookouts project 25 and 17 meters beyond the rim of the Murchison River Gorge.
The views of the 400 million-year-old sandstone that formed the gorge and all of its surrounding environment are even more spectacular than you could imagine.
If you have never visited the Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia before you are in for a treat. The seemingly endless expanse of the scrub-spattered red landscape is magical and it’ll be hard to find something that feels more authentically ‘Australian’ than this.
WHERE IS KALBARRI SKYWALK?
The brand new Kalbarri Skywalk is located within the stunning Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia. 570km north of the state’s capital city, Perth (roughly a 6-hour drive).
Kalbarri National Park offers a mix of inland and coastal landscapes. From June to November people come for whale watching on the coastal side, whereas from July to early October spectacular wildflowers attract visitors.
The Skywalk Kalbarri is only 1.5 kilometers from one of the other most popular attractions within the park, the ‘Nature’s Window’ – a natural rock arch that frames the Murchison River.
HOW TO GET TO HERE
To get to Kalbarri Skywalk from the little town of Kalbarri will take about 30 minutes. After paying the park entrance fee of $15 per vehicle with up to 12 people, you will follow the main road for roughly 20 minutes until you get to a T-junction where you will take a left turn to follow the signs for Natures Window / Skywalk.
Once you make it to the parking lot there will be plenty of spaces available for your vehicle and the walk down the paved walkway to the cantilevered structure will only take a couple of minutes and already spoil you with breathtaking views.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
The inland gorge sites at Kalbarri National Park are open from 6 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week. The coastal part of the national park can be visited free of charge 24/7, year-round.
The best time to visit Skywalk Kalbarri is probably for sunrise or sunset or otherwise early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
During the day it can get extremely hot and you will be fairly exposed as there is no shade anywhere on the skywalk.
Regardless of when you decide to visit, make sure you bring enough water and adequate sun protection with you, and even though it’s almost impossible to capture the sheer beauty of this place, don’t forget your camera.
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KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
Upon arriving, you will have to pay the Kalbarri National Park entrance fee of AUD $15 per vehicle carrying up to 12 people. This fee allows you access to all of the attractions inside the park.
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The road is well maintained, a 4-wheel drive is not necessary and campervans are welcome.
If you are towing a caravan or trailer you will be asked to unhitch after you’ve passed the park office and park it in one of the reserved bays while you are in the National Park.
There are only a limited number of spots available so if possible try to arrive without a caravan in tow.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT KALBARRI SKYWALK
Ever since the grand opening of the spectacular structure it has been immediately hyped as the best attraction, not only within the Kalbarri National Park but all along WA’s Coral Coast, and dare I say rightly so.
The Skywalk was part of a $24 million project designed to improve the infrastructure and accessibility of the national park, which saw close to half a million visitors last year.
It is hoped to further cement Kalbarri’s reputation as an international destination and one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
No photo can do the view from this elevation point justice. To be able to get the true scale and beauty of it you will have to experience it for yourself.
Even though the Skywalk is Kalbarri’s most popular tourist spot now, there is still something very peaceful about standing out over Nanda Barna (the land of the Nanda people).
The beauty and magic of the land will let you forget all about your surroundings and after your visit, you will take home more than just the memory of seeing a beautiful landscape, you will leave with some of the land’s magical energy.
There is a large undercover area with plenty of seating at Kalbarri Skywalk if you need to take some time out in the shade. Believe me, it can get very hot under the midday sun.
Toilet amenities can also be found on-site right next to the Kiosk if you are busting to go to the loo.
If you are traveling around, or are anywhere near this region of Western Australia, the Skywalk has to be part of your bucket list of places to see, there is no way around it.
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Once you’ve finished exploring both platforms that overlook the gorge, be sure to stop by the on-site Skywalk Kiosk for a bite to eat, a cup of hot coffee, or a cold refreshing drink.
The Skywalk Kiosk is open daily from 8 am to 3 pm.
Inside the Kiosk, you can also find a variety of souvenirs and Aboriginal artworks for purchase.
NATURE’S WINDOW KALBARRI
Looking for more awesome things to do in Kalbarri National Park?
Be sure to head over to Nature’s Window just a couple of minutes drive up the road from the Skywalk.
At Nature’s Window Western Australia, mama earth shows off her beauty one step further by framing her artwork for visitors.
When viewed from the right angle, the wind-eroded opening in the sandstone frames the Murchison River in the gorge below perfectly.
If you have the time, I highly recommend visiting this phenomenal attraction – I guarantee you won’t regret it!
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BEST TOUR IN KALBARRI
One of the best tours in Kalbarri that’s not to be missed is the Kalbarri River Gorges and Coastal Cliffs Scenic Flight.
See phenomenal sights of the gorges and the coastal cliffs of Kalbarri on a 45-minute flight in a small plane with detailed commentary.
The meeting point for this spectacular scenic flight is Kalbarri Airport.
WHERE TO STAY IN KALBARRI
Unfortunately, there are no camping or accommodation options inside the National Park itself, so your best bet is to head to the coastal town of Kalbarri, just 35 km (30 minutes drive) west of the Skywalk.
Here in Kalbarri, there are numerous accommodations to choose from, including caravan parks, motels, hotels, and apartments.
See the list of Kalbarri accommodations below that I personally recommend.
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