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    James
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    Hey all,
    Heading to kalbarri in a couple of weeks. It’s been forever since I was up there last. Any recommendations for places to pitch our tent? Would prefer somewhere off the beaten track away from the tourists/rangers. 🙂

    #110147 Reply
    James
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    Also how are peeps getting into the gorge? They tell me the z-bend and natures window are still closed to the public, yet I’ve spoken to perth locals who have been in while its been closed.

    #110168 Reply
    Numbat
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    I was at the Z-bend about 2 months ago – no problems. Camped on the sandy beach near The Prom. But that was before the rains set in… Don’t know what the water level would be like now – you might have to find a higher spot. No problems from any tourists or anyone else.

    #110172 Reply
    James
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    How did you get in? Haven’t the roads been closed all winter?

    #110178 Reply
    Remi
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    Hi James, the Kalbarri Visitor Center website has a link to the road closure schedule for this winter, or you can just google “Kalbarri road closure” to find all the details. It appears closed til the end of September.

    I wrote this “guide” for some friends earlier this year so perhaps you will find something useful too:

    In the interest of keeping everyone happy in Kalbarri National Park (including the Department of Environment) please note:

    1) IMPORTANT: “It is a strict requirement that all overnight groups register with Park staff before making the trip”. You must filling out the form available at National Park Headquarters at the entrance of Kalbarri town on Adjana-Kalbarri Rd. Last year, we didn’t register one weekend and the ranger came down the gorges to check on us since our car hadn’t moved from the car park for a few days. We got by. The ranger was lenient this time. He just wants to be aware of who is in the gorges in case he has to organise search and rescue.

    2) IMPORTANT: If you do stay in the gorge and pitch a tent/bivvy, please hide them during the day so it’s not visible from the lookout. My understanding is that a bivouac is allowed within the National Park only for registered overnight hikers. Climbers may be unofficially tolerated but it’s best if we ALL keep a low profile. Alternatively, Kalbarri town offers 3 star camping with showers, Fish & Chips and cold beers! h t t p : // w w w . kalbarri.org.au/accommodation

    3) If you are freezing and absolutely need a campfire, keep it clean/small and reuse existing pit.

    4) Do your business at least 100m downstream from the promenade / (away from the river please) and bury your waste/paper at least 15cm deep. Sanitary products should be packed out.

    5) Avoid stashing gear for the “next trip”, just go lighter!

    6) Don’t write the name of the climb (or anything else) with chalk or charcoal at the bottom of the route!

    7) Leave the place as tidy as possible during the day, take all rubbish out when it’s time to go home, perhaps even brush the holds when finishing a route.

    8) Last but not least, don’t leave any permanent rope on the descent section of the adventure wall. The ranger mentioned that it could lead to some litigation issues if some tourists used our ropes and injured themselves. If you see a static rope there and you are last, please put it away.

    Basically, register and leave no trace, enjoy this special place. I wish everyone a good winter season.

    Climb safe.
    Remi

    #110199 Reply
    James
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    I’m still at a loss as to how people are getting into the z-bend to climb…? Had a good look on google earth and saw 2 possibilities for alternative ways in, one north east, one south west. South west was a branch off of what is probably one of the closed roads and north east looked like at least 2-3km slog thru rouch terrain. Spoke to the ranger today and he has no idea how people are getting in. Does anyone have any info on how to get in around the closed roads?

    #110201 Reply
    Dena
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    Damn computer. I have to type it all over again.

    You will probably find that people went up during the last school holidays, when the road was open on select days. As Remi said, look at the road closure site and you’ll see it will be open again at the end of the month for holidays. It has all the information. It’s unlikely that anyone has been in there while the road’s closed except for one particular special weekend when there was an escort for Simon and Monique. I’m hoping to head up there again myself when the road opens. I hope everyone heading up there takes note of Remi’s comments above. The ranger was less than impressed with the state that the area was left in by some people that were in there in recent times. Access isn’t currently an issue and we don’t want it to become one. Not to mention that it’s pretty poor form to leave the place looking like a public toilet.

    #110221 Reply
    Numbat
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    How to get in with the road closed? Helicopter or kayak or hike a long way…

    The last time I went, the road was open and it was no problem. Just a 1 km walk from the car-park. Well, actually, a 1 km epic struggle carrying a tent, food, water, booze, climbing gear… Even worse getting out! Travel light!

    Wait until the road re-opens. Camp appropriately in the Gorge, or stay in Kalbarri and head out for the day. Both are great.

    #110230 Reply
    James
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    Aaah it all makes a bit more sense now. The ranger said he thought there was a group that had special permission. Oh well… Hopefully the weather will ease up on the south coast for a week! Thanks for the help gang. 🙂

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