Explore Island Rock and Natural Bridge

Just a stone's throw from Kalbarri in Western Australia, you'll find two remarkable natural wonders, Island Rock and Natural Bridge. These spots are famed for offering some of the most breathtaking coastal vistas in the state.

Monkey Mia

Perched on Kalbarri's coastline, these ancient cliffs deliver stunning ocean views and provide a front-row seat to witness whale migrations at certain times of the year.

You can visit these sights during Monkey Mia Tours. Go and see this wildlife.

Kalbarri's cliffs are stunning

These attractions are nestled at the southern tip of the Coastal Cliffs in Kalbarri National Park. Safe viewing platforms are set up so visitors can take in the sights of these natural formations. The area welcomes visitors all year round, with the bonus of spotting humpback whales from the lookouts between July and October.

There are recommended times to visit these attractions, and if you time your visit right, you might also catch a glimpse of Australia's vibrant wildflowers.

Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is a striking limestone formation that remains connected to the coastline within Kalbarri. This spot allows visitors to soak up coastal panoramas and spot marine life, including whales and dolphins, conveniently close to the car park.

Island Rock

Island Rock, which was once connected to the mainland, now stands alone as an impressive sea stack carved out by the relentless forces of the sea. The surrounding cliffs have eroded, leaving fascinating rock structures for visitors to admire.

Travelling from Perth to Kalbarri

For those looking to reach Kalbarri, flying into Geraldton—a city about 150 km south—and then driving up is a viable option. The road trip from Perth to Kalbarri is typically a six-hour adventure.

The coastal drive showcases a variety of landscapes, ranging from urban environments to bushland and untouched beaches. Hitting the road for a trip to Kalbarri is a popular choice.

To immerse yourself in the natural beauty, consider hiking between Island Rock and Natural Bridge along the Bigurda trail.

Attractions at Island Rock and Natural Bridge

A well-maintained boardwalk from the car park leads visitors directly to two main viewing platforms, Island Rock Lookout and Natural Bridge Lookout.

Reaching these sites is a leisurely 10-minute stroll, passing through Castle Cove. Along the way, interpretive signage provides insights into these landmarks' geological significance and history.

Besides the stunning coastal views, the area has public toilets and picnic spots for visitors to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Due to the dangers posed by cliff edges, strong currents, wind, and jagged rocks, swimming in this area is strictly off-limits.

The Bigurda Trail

The Bigurda Trail offers an 8-kilometre hike with awe-inspiring views along the cliff faces and is considered a moderate level 3 hike.

Walking from Eagle Gorge to Natural Bridge typically takes around 3 hours, and hikers should plan for a return pick-up if they're not up for the return trek.

The path, which skirts the edge of the cliffs, is well-marked. Depending on the season of your visit, you may also spot whales and dolphins off the coast. It's a prime spot for bird enthusiasts as well.

Hiking during the summer is generally discouraged due to the high temperatures and the presence of flies. Those who venture out should carry ample water and prepare for the heat.

When should I visit Island Rock and Natural Bridge?

Crackin' times to visit are in the cooler months, from June through October. This is when you might catch wildflowers in bloom and whales migrating, making it a top-notch time to spot whales and other sea critters having a go in the water.

Kalbarri's a beautiful spot any time of the year, but remember that summers can get stinking hot, and some places might be off-limits due to the heat or bushfire dangers.

Plan your visit around sunset for a ripper view of Island Rock and Natural Bridge. The setting sun's rays light up the sky and throw a warm glow on the bridge, making for a stunning scene.

Weather can be unpredictable along the coast, so watch for sudden changes.

Explore more places in Kalbarri.

Island Rock and Natural Bridge are just the beginning of Kalbarri National Park. There's heaps more to see.

Z-Bend Lookout

Named after the river's sharp turn, Z-Bend Lookout offers stunning views over the river and gorges. Plus, there are walks for all fitness levels.

Nature's Window and Loop Walk Trail

Nature's Window, a natural rock arch, overlooks the river and marks the start of the Loop Walk trail, an 8km trek along the Murchison River's edge.

Kalbarri Skywalk

Opened in 2020, the Kalbarri Skywalk gives you a bird's-eye view of the Murchison River gorges from two overhanging platforms. There's also an Indigenous cultural site and a spot to grab a bite.

Red Bluff and Mushroom Rock Walking Trail

Red Bluff offers epic views of the Indian Ocean from its towering cliffs.

Monkey Mia Tours

The trail from Red Bluff to Mushroom Rock winds through unique formations and dunes, with cracking ocean views.

Kalbarri Pelican Feeding

Catch the daily pelican feeding on the foreshore, a tradition for over 40 years. Volunteers run it in exchange for a gold coin donation to buy the fish.

Top Tips

Stick to the marked tracks around Island Rock and Natural Bridge to keep safe and protect the environment. Straying off can harm the wildlife and plant life.

Keep a safe distance from the edges, incredibly when the sea's choppy, as the currents can be fierce and the rocks slippery.

The Aussie sun doesn't muck about, especially in Kalbarri. Here's how to beat it:

  • Don a broad-brimmed hat
  • Slap on heaps of sunscreen
  • Wear sunnies to shield your eyes
  • Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated

Flies can be a real nuisance, especially without a breeze. A fly net might be a good idea if tackling the Bigurda trail.

The weather can flip in a heartbeat in Kalbarri, so having a light raincoat or poncho handy is smart.

Did you know?

Island Rock was shaped over millennia by erosion, with the softer limestone eroding to leave the stricter rock standing proud.

The Nanda people are the traditional custodians of this land. "Bigurda" in their language refers to the small kangaroo, also known as the wallaroo or euro.