Cape Range National Park
Hike through the rocky gorges of arid, rugged Cape Range in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and camp beachside adjacent to the vibrant, colourful Ningaloo Marine Park.
- Park Entry Fees:Yes
- Feature:Boat Ramp,Toilet,Visitor Centre,Entry Station,Lookout / Deck,Info Shelter
- Activity:Fishing,Swimming,Canoeing / Kayaking,Diving,Snorkelling,Bush Walking
Located adjacent to Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world.
A highlight to any Cape Range experience is a trip to Yardie Creek, which flows between sheer cliffs. Guided boat tours are available for visitors to enjoy the tranquillity of the gorge and view the wildlife in its natural setting.
From the foot of the range, a narrow coastal plain extends to the magnificent beaches, waters and coral gardens of Ningaloo Marine Park. Turquoise Bay is made famous for its crystal clear waters, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Swimming and snorkelling sites can be accessed from the shore, however, strong currents mean inexperienced swimmers should be accompanied by an experienced swimmer or licenced tour operator.
Visitors can further explore the park's rugged landscape of spectacular canyons along drive trails into Charles Knife Canyon and Shothole Canyon.
The Milyering Discovery Centre lies in the north of the park and is open every day except Christmas. It’s a great place to stop and find out more about the park and its attractions.
The eleven campgrounds along the Cape Range coast are in very high demand from April to October.
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Cape Range offers walks through deep gorges such as Mandu Mandu and the Badjirrajirra Loop Trail across the scenic high country at Charles Knife Canyon.
Euros, wallabies, emus and perenties are regularly encountered and the threatened black-footed rock-wallaby can be frequently spotted on the cliffs at Yardie Creek Gorge, which you can also view from the Yardie Creek Boat Tour. The Mangrove Bay Bird Hide is a great place to see shorebirds, mangrove fantails, mangrove whistlers and yellow white eyes.
It’s great to escape everyday life and visit a park or reserve in WA. It is also important to us that you return safely to your family and friends.
It is really important to plan when to visit. For your safety we have provided safety information about swimming, bushwalking, fishing, snorkelling and diving, paddling and kayaking, and surfing. Consider traveling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Temperatures can soar to over 50°C in summer. Walks should only be attempted between April and September. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and carry plenty of water. If taking an extended walk let someone know your expected time of return.
The access road through the park is sealed, with two-wheel-drive access to camp and day use sites. A four-wheel-drive is needed to cross Yardie Creek. Conditions change quickly with rain and access may become restricted.
Wildlife abounds in the park, so please drive with consideration and avoid driving at dusk, dawn and at night.
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area visitor map
Download free geo-referenced maps of Cape Range National Park from the Avenza smartphone app.
This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au