Z Bend Lookout
  • Length: 1.2km

  • Duration: 0.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Z Bend Road

  • End: Z Bend Road

  • Location: Kalbarri National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 585km

  • State: WA

  • Latitude: -27.64920674

  • Longitude: 114.4553994

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Z Bend Lookout is a 1.2km, grade 3 return hike, located in Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 0.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Visitors can admire the spectacular views of the Murchison River Gorge, from the overhanging rock formation of the Z bend lookout, a moderately easy walk from the Car Park.

One of the most spectacular lookouts in Kalbarri National Park, Z Bend Lookout is suitably named after the tight bends the Murchison River has carved into the Tumblagooda Sandstone. A short walk, including some stairs will take you from the Car Park to the barricaded lookout on the edge of 150m high cliffs. Take the time to enjoy the colours of the lush river red gums contrasting against the rich red sandstone cliff formations. If visiting during wildflower season from July to October this experience is heightened by a sea of flowering natives, including Flame Grevillea, Bird Beak Hakea, Starflowers, orchids and the Pink Poker. After enjoying the lookout, you can have lunch in the Picnic Area, using the barbeque and sheltered areas. For those with a good level of fitness, the more adventurous Z Bend River Trail takes you down into the gorge up to the river's edge. This trail is physically demanding and extreme care should be used in gorge risk area.  

About the region

One of Western Australia’s best known parks, with its scenic gorges though red and white banded sandstone and its soaring coastal cliffs. Kalbarri National Park surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80km gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window and The Loop, Z-Bend and Hawks Head, with scenic gorge views at the Ross Graham Lookout and views of the town and river mouth at Meanarra Hill.


Start Point: Z Bend Road, Kalbarri National Park, 585km North of Perth (6 hours)

End Point: Z Bend Road, Kalbarri National Park, 585km North of Perth (6 hours)

Region: Kalbarri National Park, Coral Coast

For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA. 

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