Western Australia Trip - Coral Coast Part 3 (Kalbarri to Port Denison/ Dongara)

29 December 2023

Shark Bay had been good to us but we were really looking forward to some time in Kalbarri where the great inland river gorges meet the rugged coast. It didn't disappoint. We visited all the highlights like the Skywalk, Natures Window and lookouts and also walked a lot of the trails and beach tracks. One of our favourites was the Z Bend River Trail with all its ladders and rock stairs.

Not only does Kalbarri have these beautiful gorges cut into the red rocks but the coastal drive and beaches are equally as stunning. If neither gorges or beaches are your thing.... the Murchison River winds its way right through the town. 

We walked a thousand miles during our stay in Kalbarri... there was just so much to see. I highly recommend some time spent here.

We left Kalbarri heading toward Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake) and stayed overnight at the quaintest little caravan park at Port Gregory.

The Pink Lake was well worth a visit - we found the time of day made a huge difference and the drone shots from above were far more spectacular than those taken from ground level.

Next stop was Geraldton..it was great to restock and do some additional shopping.. especially some warmer clothing as it was getting cooler by the day as we headed down. Geraldton was a lovely spot - we enjoyed the Prison Cell Markets, the incredible HMAS Sydney memorial and the Cathedral of St Francis Xavier where I was absolutely captivated by the story of Father John Hawes. Geraldton also has a great museum with more of the HMAS Sydney story. 

From Geraldton we headed out to Mullawa ... not only was it part of the wildflower trail but it also had the home of Father John Hawes and I was now hooked on his story and we were keen to visit.

We walked the John Hawes trails and visited his residence where a lovely local volunteer gave us a first hand story of his life and the times. The drive from Mullawa through to Port Denison, our next stop was scenic with lots of wildflowers.

By the time we got to Port Denison the weather was threatening .. the caravan park was lovely though and we settled in to ride out the weather. Ian did manage some fishing and I walked the beach in the blustery weather. Thankfully we got a nice break in the clouds one morning for a game of golf too .. the course was beautiful. 

The most expensive fuel - 
  • $1.90 at Geraldton

Caravan Park stays - 6
Low Cost / Off Grid / Rest Stops - 1

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