A trip to the mid west is a pure pleasure during a south west winter. Picture clear blue skies and warm days when the wind is howling and there are squally rain showers on the southern beaches. But in springtime too, a trip north ticks all the boxes and comes complete with an abundance of wild flowers that pepper the countryside with voluptous colour.

Visit Kalbarri for tranquility but also an adrenalin rush – there’s an action packed list of things to do. And if you think (like I misguidedly did) that Kalbarri is all about red earth and barren surrounding landscapes, think again. It’s diverse and rugged and pretty, all at once. When you drive into the town from Port Gregory, coming from the south, especially if you arrive at sunset, you’ll see what I mean. Below the headland, the sweep of bay that’s Kalbarri … where the Murchison River meets the sea is a sylvan scene so beautiful that it comes as a complete surprise.

Prepare to be wowed …. there are some awesome West Australian  beaches – Jacques is great for surfing. There’s the rugged Kalbarri National Park, a parrot breeding centre, canoe trips in the river gorges, and scenic flights over the cliffs –  for more information and some handy links check out the article that appeared in The West Australian recently.

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