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Published January 4th 2016
Kids in Kalbarri for Free
Kalbarri recently won an award for Top Tourist Town in WA. Once you arrive, it's not hard to gauge why.
However, when you're travelling with kids and it's holiday peak season and you've chosen to stay in WA, no one would blame you for considering taking the family to Bali next time.
It's not due to the beaches, or the glorious weather, or the food, locals or attractions. It's simply because travelling within Australia can be a financial struggle for families.
Having just returned from this wide, amazing holiday destination, I'm well versed in all the great free stuff to do there.
Here's my Top Five:
Swim at Chinaman's Beach in the morning (or late afternoon)
At least two of the caravan parks and many of the holiday apartments are within easy walking distance (even for a toddler) of this popular spot.
There's no fishing, dogs, or 4WDing allowed in this section of the beach, so the kids have free rein of the waters.
And, let me tell you, they are beautiful.
You can paddle in the shallows, snorkel in the clear water or, just up away from the heads, hire a paddleboat.
You can walk in around 20 metres and still be only waist deep in the water, which makes it a great little spot for smaller children.
The sun is up around 5am at the moment, and so are the fisherfolk. Pop up to the Jetty near Chinaman's Beach and have a chat to the friendly locals about what's biting.
You can literally watch the fish leap from the water in what seems to be arms reach, just off the closest sandbank.
Here's a tip my daughter got from a chatty fish enthusiast (who also kissed and threw back his catch!) - Don't be lured to the end of the jetty, all the best fishing is just under the jetty towards the beach.
A long time local began feeding the pelicans in Kalbarri in the 1970's. The story goes that if he didn't get to the pelicans in time for breakfast, they caused a traffic jam walking over to his house on Grey Street to hurry him along.
6 local volunteers now feed these incredible birds daily at 8.45am on the foreshore. Look out for the Feed the Pelicans sign, but please ensure you don't take your pup along with you for the breakfast.
A couple of gold coins in their bucket helps them continue their work and, if you're lucky, you'll get to throw a fish to a hungry pelican!
Pelican Feeding Happens Every Morning on the Foreshore
Top of my teenagers to do list was a trip (or five) to the Kalbarri Skate Park.
This community initiative has culminated in a pretty impressive competition standard venue. The best feature is by far the biggest bowl this mother (complete with palpitating heart) has ever laid eyes on - it's the second biggest in WA.
Whether you take the 6 hour drive up for a weekend or stay a fortnight, there's plenty to do that won't dent your wallet in Kalbarri.