The Loop and Z Bend Gorge
The Loop and Z Bend Gorge
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  • sandra
    Canberra, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loop walk is a challenge but worth it!
    We did the Loop walk mid May. We were told to arrive early and were glad we did. We started the walk at sunrise and it took just over 3 hours. That excludes the time to walk to natures window and back which is another 1 km. The walk is spectacular. You walk across the ridge and then head down to the river, the river stretch is about 3km into the walk and is rocks first and then becomes sand. The rock stretch is the hardest bit, here you are walking along the rocks and there is one pinch point where you have the climb through a small rock area to get across. We found that the hardest part but took it slow and managed it. The climb out over the last 500m is steep but manageable. Take extra water as it is much hotter down in the gorge, we also had fly nets as the flies were bad along the last stretch next to the river. Look out for the swans and don’t forget your camera. The loop is a great walk and well worth it - how else can you see the river up close and get into the gorge! If you are going in summer remember that they close the trail at 7am.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • steveamcb
    Perth, Australia667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike in Australian Winter (July) but unnecessary signs
    My 13 year old daughter and I completed this beautiful hike in approx 3 hours setting off from Natures Window at sunrise around 07-25. Half the 8km walk is along the cliff edge, the other half on a sandy river bed with a tiny bit of scrambling on ledges in the middle. Stunning rock formations and plenty of bird life (plus a herd of wild goats). Whilst I appreciate that the National Park signs warning “that people have died on this trek” are true, I find such comments unnecessary. Brochures etc state that the walk is closed after 7am, I assume in summer only but that os not stated explicitly. Signage and guides should be improved and updated accordingly. Why don’t the authorities simply close the walk period in summer if it’s so dangerous with those temperatures.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views
    Z-Bend and The Loop is just a beautiful stop within the mesmerising Kalbarri National Park. It is a short drive from Natures Window and is free to see once you have paid at the entry station into the N.P. There's a small car park and then a short, easy walk downhill through the bushes on a relatively good path to the Z Bend lookout. Obviously climb up on the main rocky outcrop for beautiful views of the z Bend in the river, but also make sure to go down the little ravine to the left of the rock as you approach for a lovely framed view of the gorge below.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
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Tuurtje75
Breda, The Netherlands1,668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice trail to the river, it's some steep climbing and you need to take some ladder climbing up and down but definitely worthwhile doing this hike (go a bit early before the heat kicks in)
Written 31 October 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
Z-Bend and The Loop is just a beautiful stop within the mesmerising Kalbarri National Park. It is a short drive from Natures Window and is free to see once you have paid at the entry station into the N.P.
There's a small car park and then a short, easy walk downhill through the bushes on a relatively good path to the Z Bend lookout. Obviously climb up on the main rocky outcrop for beautiful views of the z Bend in the river, but also make sure to go down the little ravine to the left of the rock as you approach for a lovely framed view of the gorge below.
Written 20 September 2023
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Christiana M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
We did the 2.6km walk. Going down was a little hairy but it was well worth the effort. This has some amazing scenery that you don't want to miss. Could be a little hard if you are lacking fitness or agility.
Written 15 July 2023
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steveamcb
Perth, Australia667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
My 13 year old daughter and I completed this beautiful hike in approx 3 hours setting off from Natures Window at sunrise around 07-25. Half the 8km walk is along the cliff edge, the other half on a sandy river bed with a tiny bit of scrambling on ledges in the middle. Stunning rock formations and plenty of bird life (plus a herd of wild goats).

Whilst I appreciate that the National Park signs warning “that people have died on this trek” are true, I find such comments unnecessary. Brochures etc state that the walk is closed after 7am, I assume in summer only but that os not stated explicitly. Signage and guides should be improved and updated accordingly. Why don’t the authorities simply close the walk period in summer if it’s so dangerous with those temperatures.
Written 10 July 2023
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Andyjam2110
Newcastle, Australia520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Beautiful, stunning landscape, insert any other superlative you want. And then just add flies to the mix. Loved the views up the gorge.
Written 1 June 2023
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sandra
Canberra, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We did the Loop walk mid May. We were told to arrive early and were glad we did. We started the walk at sunrise and it took just over 3 hours. That excludes the time to walk to natures window and back which is another 1 km. The walk is spectacular. You walk across the ridge and then head down to the river, the river stretch is about 3km into the walk and is rocks first and then becomes sand. The rock stretch is the hardest bit, here you are walking along the rocks and there is one pinch point where you have the climb through a small rock area to get across. We found that the hardest part but took it slow and managed it. The climb out over the last 500m is steep but manageable. Take extra water as it is much hotter down in the gorge, we also had fly nets as the flies were bad along the last stretch next to the river. Look out for the swans and don’t forget your camera. The loop is a great walk and well worth it - how else can you see the river up close and get into the gorge! If you are going in summer remember that they close the trail at 7am.
Written 20 May 2023
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Peter_B_Simons
Portland, Australia641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Well worth the walk and drive to get there. Can see the fault line in the valley floor. A truly amazing geological feature of how rivers can change the landscape. Walk is good to lookout and then more challenging down to river.
Written 3 November 2022
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PerthFern
Perth255 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The loop s 500m x 2 and looks like a good walk. We were too late to do it. The Z is 2.6m x 2 with more interest but we were at the end of a very long da and did not do it, sorry
Written 30 September 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,919 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The area round the Loop and ZBend is some of the best and most beautiful scenery in Kalbarri National Park. Walking trails are well made and marked and the scenery is spectacular.
Written 6 September 2022
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caddyandbellA
Perth, Australia4,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
We started to do the Loop Bend walk back in 2020 but hadnt brought water with us so turned back.Deterrmined to do it this time we did.Friends with us had not brought any water so we shared along the way.The day was not hot and was cloudy so we continued.At first you wonder why it is a class 5 as it seems quite flat and easy.As you make your way down to the bottom of the Gorge you soon find out you will be scrambling over rocks and through narrow passageways.Beautiful walk with swans,goats and other wildlife.Well worth the walk but go prepared and take your time.We did it in around 2 hours and that was taking it easy.There are sign posts letting you know how far you have come along the way so you know how far you still have to go
Written 31 July 2022
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