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Z Bend Lookout and River Trail

1h 30 min to 2h 30 min

2.5km
return

↑ 142 m
↓ -142 m

Hard track
Starting from the Z Bend carpark at the end of Z Bend Access Road, Kalbarri National Park, this walk takes you past the Z Bend Lookout and down to the Murchison River Gorge via the River Trail. This is a fairly demanding hike which provides river access from the Z Bend Lookout, with spectacular scenery throughout the hike. The trail is fairly flat for the first part, with well made rocky steps providing a gradual descent to the lookout. Visitors with a good level of fitness can also hike down into the gorge and access the river's edge. The steep descent into the gorge involves some scrambling, ladder climbs, and narrow chasms to get to the bottom. Although relatively clear and straightforward, much of the trail is along unmodified rocky surfaces. Once at the bottom, you can cool off with a swim in the river before heading back to the carpark. Facilities at the carpark include informative displays, gas barbecues, picnic shelters and toilets. Beware of loose rocks and unstable surfaces, and be careful with foot placement to avoid sprains. Avoid doing this walk during the wet autumn due to high river levels and during the dangerously hot summer months. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey.
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.

Getting There
Trackhead (-27.6490946,114.455483)
Mode Car
DirectionsF

Track Notes

Getting started
From the Z Bend carpark at the end of Z Bend Access Road, Kalbarri National Park, head along the sandy path behind the informative shelter, passing a 'Warning: Heat Kills' sign. Follow the trail ahead past the 'Z Bend Lookout' and 'River Trail' sign, and continue the Z Bend Lookout and River Trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.
There is a toilet (about 60m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 10m back from the start).
There is a BBQ (about 9m back from the start).
After 30m pass the sign (7m on your right).
Continue straight
After another 15m continue straight.
Veer left
After another 490m veer left.
After another 135m find the Z Bend Lookout (on your right).
Z Bend Lookout
A spectacular rock lookout sitting 150m above the gorge, where visitors can admire breathtaking views of the Murchison River gorge below. One of the most scenic locations in the Kalbarri National Park, the Z Bend is suitably named after the tight bends the Murchison River has carved into the Tumblagooda Sandstone gorge. The Z Bend can be admired from a lookout, or experienced first hand by hiking down into the gorge.
Z Bend Lookout
A spectacular rock lookout sitting 150m above the gorge, where visitors can admire breathtaking views of the Murchison River gorge below. One of the most scenic locations in the Kalbarri National Park, the Z Bend is suitably named after the tight bends the Murchison River has carved into the Tumblagooda Sandstone gorge. The Z Bend can be admired from a lookout, or experienced first hand by hiking down into the gorge.
Turn left
After another 110m turn left, to head along Z Bend River Trail.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2.5km
Time 1h 30 min to 2h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet There is one -61m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-61m

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