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Z Bend

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Z Bend brown tourist sign

The Z Bend lookout and trail are at the Murchison River Gorge, a part of the Kalbarri National Park Brown Sign link in Western Australia.

Z Bend is being upgraded with the Kalbarri Skywalk so we were unable to visit it when we were there. It will consist of two platforms extending out 25 metres from the edge of the gorge, around 100 metres above the Murchison River.

The Kalbarri Skywalk is due to be opened in the middle of 2020. It is a shame because it seems like it is a wonderful spot to visit in Kalbarri National Park, although we did get to see the spectacular Nature’s Window Brown Sign link which isn’t too far from Z Bend.

We are unsure if the new skywalk replaces the original lookout, although it is reasonable to assume it will. Shaded shelters, toilets and a kiosk is part of the upgrades being built.

The Z Bend River Trail is a difficult 2.6km return walk down to the Murchison River Gorge. The trail is fairly flat at first before descending steeply into the gorge. The descent requires scrambling, use of ladder climbs, and narrow chasms to get to the bottom.

The walk to the lookout is a shorter 1.3km return from the carpark. The distance may change with the new upgrades of the skywalk.

To get there:

Brown sign for Z Bend, 5km

From Kalbarri township, head north-east along Ajana-Kalbarri Rd. On leaving the township, follow for about 8.5km. Turn left at the brown sign and follow for 19.5km to the end. Turn right at the brown sign for Z Bend and follow for another 6km to the parking area.

From Northampton (north of Geraldton), head north on North West Coastal Hwy for about 47km and turn into Anjana-Kalbarri Rd. Follow Anjana-Kalbarri Rd for 54km, turn right at the brown sign and follow for 19.5km to the end. Turn right at the brown sign for Z Bend and follow for another 6km to the parking area.

From Carnarvon, head south on North West Coastal Hwy for about 370km and turn right into Anjana-Kalbarri Rd. Follow Anjana-Kalbarri Rd for 54km, turn right at the brown sign and follow for 19.5km to the end. Turn right at the brown sign for Z Bend and follow for another 6km to the parking area.

Cost:Vehicle Permit

Hours:Mon-Sun 6am-6pm

Toilets:Toilets

Tables/Seating:Picnic Tables


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