15th-18th August, 2016
There is no free camping in Kalbarri and, as we like to be flexible in our travelling, we rarely book ahead unless there is no other option. Arriving at a caravan park recommended to us, we found there was only the unpowered area available which is generally not a problem but not if it is mostly under trees which this was, so we went in search of better options and were pleased that we did. The Murchison Caravan Park is opposite the beach and could offer us a drive-through powered site for 4 nights at a much cheaper rate than the unpowered site at the other park.
After quickly setting up on site, we headed out to explore the coastal sights following the visitor brochure that I had picked up in Mullewa.
First stop was Natural Bridge and Castle Cove.
The scenery in both directions is simply breathtaking.
The wildflowers along the walks to the lookouts are just beautiful.
More of the beautiful Murchison Rose.
The view from the Castle Cove lookout provided a better vantage point to photograph The Island than from The Island Lookout itself.
So much natural beauty wherever we looked.
A Nankeen Kestrel was keeping an eye on us.
Pot Alley, so called because fishermen lost so many crayfish pots there, was our next stop.
Lots more interesting flora to see as well. We had seen something similar to this plant at the Lake Logue Nature Reserve but that plant was a Grevillea which I don’t think this one is.
The flower head was quite sticky to the touch.
It was now getting late and we were tired so we decided to leave the other coastal walks for another day.