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Kalbarri National Park is located in Western Australia and encompasses over 706 square miles of land, designated to protect wildlife, flowers, and the natural landscapes of the area that have taken millions of years for the Earth to create. It is home to animals like echidnas, kangaroos, ospreys, and over 800 species of wildflowers. It is open year-round and welcomes tourists from all over the world to experience the beauty and majesty of the Murchison River, coastal cliffs, as well as the town of Kalbarri.
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Key Facts & Information
QUICK FACTS ABOUT KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
- It is located on the coast of Western Australia, about 300 miles north of the city of Perth.
- It is known for spectacular coastal cliffs, the Murchison River, gorges, sandstone cliffs, Nature’s Window (a red rock lookout frame) and the nearby town of Kalbarri.
- The park was established in 1963 by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and is a protected area of Western Australia.
- Kalbarri National Park encompasses over 706 square miles of land.
- The park is open throughout the year, with temperatures peaking between December and April, at which point it can be up to 10° hotter in the gorges than in the town of Kalbarri.
- Between May and August is the time when Kalbarri National Park received the most amount of rain, which can cause some closures but may also open up canoeing and kayaking opportunities through the Murchison River gorges (but this is hazardous to people who are not experienced).
- Between August and September, wildflowers (over 800 species) bloom, which creates a gorgeous and colorful display.
- Water is not provided in the park.
FLORA AND FAUNA AT KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
- You are likely to see hundreds of distinct and unique wildflowers at Kalbarri National Park – over 800 in fact – that bloom from late winter through to early summer; their peak times are between August and September.
21 plant species are found only on the coastal cliffs at the park.
- One of the most popular flowers that can be seen at the park is the Kalbarri catspaw, which is usually yellow or red and found on recently burnt land during peak blooming season.
FLORA, FAUNA, AND WEATHER AT KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
- Kalbarri National Park is known for its colorful wildflowers, some of which include banksias, grevilleas, kangaroo paws, and feather flowers.
- In addition, you may see spider orchids, hammer orchids, the small-petalled Beyeria, and very unique plants such as the wooly orange banksia and the minni ritchi.
- Should you visit Kalbarri National Park, you are likely to come across a variety of birds and animals including the short-beaked echidna, the red kangaroo (pictured below), house mice, several species of geckos and snakes, emus, as well as almost 100 different species of birds, including osprey, eagles, herons, the Australian Ringneck, cuckoo birds, honeyeaters, and many more.
- The weather at Kalbarri National Park varies depending on the season.
- It is open year-round but temperatures rise between December and April, frequently exceeding 104℉ in the gorges of the park.
- Kalbarri National Park is located in the transition zone between a Mediterranean and a semi-arid climate – the winters are warm and the summers are hot and dry.
- The park sees the majority of its precipitation between May and August, and can sometimes lead to the gorges closing.
GEOLOGICAL FEATURES AND ACTIVITIES AT KALBARRI
- There are two distinctly different landscapes found within Kalbarri National Park. To the east lies inland river gorges with 400 million year-old rock formations, and to the south you will find high cliffs overlooking the ocean.
- The gorges of the Murchison River have been carved over millions of years which makes the sandstone cliff faces look as though they plummet into the river. These can be seen from one of the many lookouts (there are plenty of these scattered around the park, including the famous “Nature’s Window”.
- Some activities tourists can engage in at Kalbarri National Park include boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, bushwalking, and general sightseeing. Some weather situations allow scuba diving and surfing.
- You may also go on a horseback riding tour, snorkel in the Indian Ocean, and abseil on the beaches. There are also scenic cruises along the Murchison River, or travelers may want to take a plane tour over the park to get a bird’s-eye view of the park and its formations.
- There are no campsites or other overnight accommodations at the park.
- There is no water available at the park.
Kalbarri National Park Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Wild for Wildflowers
- Kalbarri Crossword
- Opinion Piece
- Tourism Pamphlet
- Fantastic Florals
- Kalbarri Wordsearch
- Geology Vocabulary
- Postcard from Kalbarri
- Kalbarri Quiz
- Nature Collage
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