Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock and Pot Alley
Starting from the car park at the end of Red Bluff Lookout Road, Kalbarri, this walk takes you past Red Bluff Lookout, Mushroom Rock and Pot Alley. Enjoy amazing views over the ocean from the dramatic coastal cliffs of Red Bluff, read about the ancient fossils, and explore the relatively isolated beach at Pot Alley. The Red Bluff coastal cliffs were named by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1967. You can easily watch for the migrating humpback whales from here as the 100 metres high cliffs provide a panoramic angle of the ocean. After visiting Red Bluff Lookout, the hike heads over to the car park at the end of Mushroom Rock Road to start the Mushroom Rock Trail. The trail immediately descends to the coast along a purpose-built walk track, leading to Mushroom Rock and the Rainbow Valley gorge. The fascinating shape of Mushroom Rock has been created by the strong winds and water eroding away the rock over many years. Informational signposts along the trail reveal heaps of information about the flora and fauna of the area and more. Even though the track is quite straightforward by itself, there are directional signposts all along. After visiting Mushroom Rock, you'll head along some coastal cliffs, accompanied by the waves crashing into the rocks below you. Later on, you'll get to an intersection. The track to the right takes you to Rainbow Valley Road, from where the hike continues to Pot Alley. Pot Alley is a picturesque ocean gorge boasting spectacular ocean scenery amidst the expansive rugged gorges. As with the rest of the Kalbarri National Park coastline, Pot Alley faces west, which is ideal for viewing amazing sunsets. You can have a swim here and enjoy the refreshing ambience for a bit. Stay on the trail and look out for slippery/loose rocks as well as steep parts. Take extra care when it's windy. The water can be rough and there are rocks underneath, so take care when swimming. 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.