Stunningly beautiful is an accurate way to describe the country around Kalbarri, which lies at the mouth of the Murchison River where it flows into Gantheaume Bay, 166km north of Geraldton and 589km north of Perth.
Whilst the fishing up this way is terrific, it's the scenery that steals the breath away. The Murchison River gorges within the Kalbarri National Park, on the edge of which the town stands, are deep and dramatic, and the coastal cliffs and gorges south of the town, moulded wildly and wonderfully by wind, rain and sea, are equally impressive.
You can take river cruises into this most beautiful of parks, which covers more than 186,000ha and is home to a wide variety of wildflower species, many unique to the area.
On the way to the gorges, visit the Rainbow Jungle sanctuary for parrots where you'll find hundreds of birds, many of them very expensive indeed, and some of them belonging to threatened species. There's a breeding program to try to keep their numbers up in this extremely well-run and maintained sanctuary.