This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kalbarri.
Kalbarri, located at the heart of the Kalbarri National Park in the North of Western Australia, situated on the Murchison River, and next to the Gantheaume Bay. Kalbarri is an ideal place for surfing, bushwalking, bird watching, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing; its white, empty, sandy beaches, natural wilderness, and clean river waters are all just a stone's throw away.
There are many hostels in Kalbarri, but accommodation tends to book up during the peak season, during the Australia school holidays (December and January and the month of July). Hostels in Kalbarri are generally spacious with good facilities, and a lively, social atmosphere. Some Kalbarri hostels even include access to pool and barbecue facilities. Rentals for bikes and kayaks can usually be arranged through the hostel, as well as various tours and bushwalking excursions.
Hostels in Kalbarri are modern; some provide air-conditioning or fans, and some provide a complimentary breakfast, or access to a fully equipped kitchen. There are many good restaurants and cafes in the town center, as well as a few supermarkets and mini-marts. Hostels in Kalbarri usually offer private or dorm rooms, with either access to a private or shared bathroom. Showers almost always have hot water available (though in the summer months, a cold shower will probably be more appealing).
There are also a few camping options available, however it is important to only camp in designated camping areas. It is illegal to camp in some parts, particularly in the National Parks. The local police do reinforce these laws, and hefty fines usually result if not complying with these laws. There are also strict camping fire rules to manage the high risk of bush fires, which is a major problem particularly during the summer months (December through February).
Written by local enthusiast for Kalbarri hostelsKelly Sheldrick