Z Bend Lookout and River Trail
2.5 km return
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Z Bend Lookout and River Trail
2.5 km

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

Starting from the Z Bend car park 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 fairly demanding hike provides river access from the Z Bend Lookout, with spectacular scenery throughout the hike. The trail is relatively flat for the first part, with well made rocky steps providing a gradual descent to the lookout. Fit walkers can make their way down into the gorge and the river as well. 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 car park. Facilities at the car park 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 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.




Transport options
To start

Points of Interest
Z Bend Lookout

Places & Areas
Western Australia
Shire Of Northampton
Murchison River
Australia/Perth Time Zone
Kalbarri National Park