2024 WA long weekend in Kalbarri

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2024 WA long weekend in Kalbarri

May 31 June 3

Sheer sandstone walls carved out by the Murchison River provide trad, sport climbing, bouldering and deep water soloing opportunities. Roughly 6.5-hour drive north of Perth, Kalbarri Gorge is well worth the trip. Kalbarri National Park provides opportunities for trad leading in the middle and upper grades and sport climbing at a high level.

Redpoint Coloured Climbing Chalk - Refillable Ball 75g
For environmentally-conscious climbers, opt for coloured chalk when scaling the cliffs of Kalbarri National Park.

You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting. If you haven’t been before, Kalbarri Gorge is truly spectacular and just a great spot to spend a weekend. Winter is prime climbing time in the gorge with excellent friction, pleasant temperatures and no flies. Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there is some moderate trad climbing out at Hawk’s Head. Four Ways is also another great alternative if you want to avoid the crowd, whilst the remote Wonderwall offers some deep water soloing fun and is a pleasant day hike.

We would love to see you all there but also want to ensure you know what to expect from the area. Kalbarri is not an ideal venue for beginners unless a suitably experienced climber accompanies them. This is because access to routes will usually require lead climbing, and the ability to set up top ropes is very limited. The climbing also tends to be moderate to very hard.

Climbing Guidebooks

The main guidebooks to the area are Northern Rock and West Australian Rock. These will give you a good idea of climbing on offer. More routes have been posted on the forum since the above publications; here are some of them:

Further route information will be provided during the trip, and checking theCrag never hurts.

This trip is an opportunity to meet like-minded people, climb some of the most adventurous and exposed routes in WA, brush up on your multi-pitch trad skills, pass your experience onto others and maybe even learn a thing or 2.


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3nights at Zbend
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$ 30.00
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Kalbarri Coloured Chalk
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$ 17.46
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70 Grey Street Kalbarri Skywalk
Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia 6536 Australia
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(08) 9964 0901
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Camping and transport

We will stay at the Z-bend campsite. Please be aware the spots are limited, and we won’t be able to accommodate more than the official capacity. Registrations are required no later than a week before the trip as we have to provide further info to the rangers.

Please be aware you need to be fully self-sufecient. There are only a couple of tables, shelter and drop toilets available at the site.

National Parks Pass is also required for each vehicle to access Kalbarri National Park. If you don’t have an Annual National Park Pass yet, head to the DBCA website to get one. Alternatively, day passes are available from the EFTPOS machine located at the entrance to the national park.

How to get there: From Perth, head north to Geraldton, Northampton and Kalbarri. The road out to the Z Bend is now sealed and accessible by 2WD. We are very happy to help you with organising carpooling if required.

Trip requirements

All participants must be ‘self-sufficient’. Following our Public Liability insurance requirements, everyone must sign a Deed of Release and Indemnity and fill in a trip registration form. Further information will be sent upon your registration.

Any inexperienced climbers must nominate an experienced climber who will climb with them during the trip. All climbing participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another responsible person. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information or e-mail me.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members interested in coming with you will need to join online and follow up on the registration for the trip beforehand.

Check the weather forecast to choose your clothing appropriately: if the forecast announces less than 15 degrees and windy, bring that down jacket as it can be very cold in the gorge. Sunscreen can be a lifesaver as well if you’re planning to climb multi-pitches.