Under the Milky Way at Kalbarri National Park

Sitting under the Milky Way at Kalbarri National Park

My wife sitting under the Milky Way at Kalbarri National Park (Island Rock).

When I mentioned Kalbarri gorges and astrophotography it wasn’t long before my wife told me she was coming to make sure I didn’t come to grief. Perhaps prudent concern considering my recent ankle injury and the rugged Kalbarri landscape!

Here Christine is sitting patiently waiting while I shoot a bunch of astro pics. She’s sitting on a bench at the path which meanders 1m from the edge of a ~100-150m cliff face with no railing. It was a bit disconcerting at times hearing the huge waves crash at the bottom and having the stiff offshore wind blowing.

It’s worth taking extreme care around these gorges. The paths are generally well formed (the one shown is even wheelchair friendly!) but the cliff’s are steep and the ground often uneven, slippery with sand over rocks, or such, and mobile reception patchy. I do prefer working in a group/team at such places, for peace of mind.

Throughout my childhood my family often came to Kalbarri for holidays. It’s been 12 years since I was last here, and it’s great to return for some long awaited astrophotography at Kalbarri. In the years since 2001 there’s been significant upgrades to the national park, which together with improving technology makes astrophotography of these locations a possibility.