Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri is a small town and National Park with quite a good reputation down in Perth. We have received a lot of recommendations and it was along the way so we had to check it out. It was also a start of our biggest problem so far…

Kalbarri je male mestecko a narodni park s dobrou reputaci po Perthu. Hodne lidi nam toto misto doporucilo a protoze to bylo po ceste, museli jsme se podivat na vlastni oci. Take tu ale zacal zatim nas nejvetsi problem…


In the end it was totally different than we thought it would be. We imagined big forests, nice romantic single tracks for our bikes and all that stuff that you would expect from national park, you know what I mean, right? The land turned out to be quite arid, something between desert and very dry low height forest. We better get use to it because we will be travelling through that for a while as Western Australia is like that. From what we heard the East coast of Australia should be different – more jungle forests, more vegetation and less red sand 🙂

Kalbarri’s first introduction was early in the morning and it presented some of the best coastal scenery that we have ever seen. High rocky cliffs with countless number of layers that were formed millions of years ago. The oldest layers having darker tone of red where as the “youngest” ones are just orange-red-brownish 🙂 The whole experienced was however partially ruined because of flies. We just weren’t ready for hundreds of flies attacking us and buzzing around our heads. Flies are infamous for Australia but unfortunatelly Kalbarri’s region experienced a cyclone few weeks back which made the breeding conditions for flies perfect and what we have here is the worst “fly season” ever (heard from Ranger and other local folks). Purchasing a fly-net made the problem a little better but the constant buzzing and the sensation of something on your skin is very unpleasant and there were (and still are) moments when we just went crazy hopeless.

Nonetheless we decided to use our bikes and go for some “light” cycling (check out the video below). It turned out to be approx. 45 kms or driving on corrugations and sand in the hot weather. But it was all worth it as have experienced a really awesome trip back to the past, and I mean the REAL past – like millions of years back. We have seen fossils almost everywhere, the rocks and cliffs go high as 100 metres and you can easily see that each visible layer is a piece of history. And the dessert was finding the tracks of on of the first “fish-animals” that walked the Earth. Wow! You can see it in one of the pictures in gallery (my foot is included for size comparison).

Thank you Kalbarri, this was hot, intense, historic and bombastic 🙂

Next article: Shark Bay (yes, sharks…)

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Na konci to bylo uplne jine nez jsme ocekavali. Mysleli jsme si, ze tu budou velke lesy, krasne romanticke cyklostezky a vsechno to ostatni co se ocekava od narodnich parku. Chapete, ne? Misto toho to tu bylo velmi pusty, neco mezi pousti a vyschlym nizkym (pisecnym) lesikem. Radsi si na to ale zvykame protoze jeste nejakej cas pojedeme Zapadni Australii, ktera je vicemene takhle-bez vysokych stromu. Co jsme slyseli, tak na vychode by to melo byt jine – vice vegetace a lesu a mene cerveneho prachu ;).

Prvni predstaveni Kalbarri bylo v brzkych rannich hodinach jednim z nejlepsich pobreznich sceneriich co jsme kdy videli. Vysoke skalni utesy s nepocitatelnym mnozstvim vrstev, ktere se tvorily miliony let dozadu. Nejstarsi vrstvy mely tmavsi odstin cervene zatimco nejmladsi byly orazovo-nahnedle. Cela podivana byla nicmene castecne znicena kvuli moucham.. Nebyli jsme pripraveni na stovky much naletavajicich a bzucicich kolem nasich hlav. Mouchy jsou nechvalne prosluli po Australii, nanestesti oblast Kalbarri zazila cyklon nekolik tydnu zpatky coz pripravilo vyborne podminky pro jejich (pre)mnozeni a co jsme slyseli tak jsme omylem zavitali do nejhorsi musi sezony co tu kdy byla (rikal spravce parku (MYSLIVEC 🙂 a mistni ochechulaci). Koupe sitky proti temto otravnym zviratkum situaci zlepsila, ale neustaly bzuceni a zabijeni much co nam lezly pod sitku do nosu, usi, oci apod. nas dovadelo k silenemu vzteku a zoufalstvi.

Nicmene rozhodli jsme se sundat kola a jet na lehci cyklovylet po parku. Nakonec to bylo 45km jizdy na drkotavy, pisecny “silnici” ve velkym vedru na primem slunci…ale moc se nam libila zmena z presednuti z auta na kolo. Zazili jsme super vylet zpatky do davne minulosti milionu let. Videli jsme vsude zkameneliny, skaly a previsy az 100m vysoke a vrstvy, jak se to tu cele vytvarelo, nadhera! Mrknete do galerky a na video :).

Ahooooj z bananoveho Carnarvonu, pristi clanek bude z Shark bay. Pustte si k tomu film Celisti, prvni dil, vrele doporucujeme :))

Mame vas radi,
R&T

5 Responses to Kalbarri National Park

  1. zorka says:

    Nádherný vrstvení skal, síťky pod helmou sluší. Přeju samé příjemné zážitky, hlavně ty se zvířátky. 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Nadhera. Na fotce cislo 13 bych si tipnul zelvi stopicku, na cisle 18 paradni skaliska.

    Vojta

  3. Jana says:

    What awesome sceneries! I wonder why only YOU Tomas are so attractive and tempting for flies and not also Rada?

  4. silvie says:

    Krásný, opravdu krásný!

  5. digby says:

    flies! what’s a few million flies between friends

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