Situated on the west side of the North West Cape is Cape Range National Park, Western Australia, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50 kilometres of pristine beaches.
The park covers 50,581 hectares and its northern boundary is just 40 kilometres from Exmouth. Wildlife is abundant with a variety of birds, emus, euros and red kangaroos. Cape Range National Park offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors interested in the natural environment.
This sanctuary zone area includes a bird hide which overlooks a lagoon area. A variety of birds roost in the lagoon at high tide and many feed on small fish and other marine life in the shallow waters. During the summer months many migratory birds can be observed in the area.
Mandu Mandu Gorge
A three kilometre walking trail allows access into this dry gorge starting from the end of the Mandu Mandu track and follows the northern ridge of the gorge, offering stunning panoramic views. The trail leads down into the creek bed where you follow the base of the gorge back to the car park.
The sealed road from Exmouth through Cape Range National Park ends at Yardie Creek. Centuries of erosion have formed a spectacular multi-coloured gorge which is home to an assortment of wildlife, including the rare black-footed rock wallabies. You can explore the gorge on walking trails or from the comfort of a cruise boat.
The canyon was named after the shot holes left by the explosive charge fixed to set up miniature earthquakes for seismographic studies during the oil searches in the 1950s. The gravel road meanders over dry creek beds along the gorge floor and offers close examination of the colourful rock layers of the sheer canyon walls.
Charles Knife Canyon
Gravel roads follow the razor-backed ridges of the range and provide breathtaking downward views into stark multi-coloured gorges. There are several lookout points that provide fantastic photo opportunities and a marked walking trail. Read more on Charles Knife Canyon.
Milyering Visitor Centre
Located 52 kilometres from Exmouth in the heart of the Cape Range National Park the centre offers interpretive information to open your eyes to the wonders of the National Park and the nearby Ningaloo Marine Park. It features a range of models, videos, a library selection and many graphic displays. The centre is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
There is a small entry fee to Cape Range National Park. There are a number of camping areas throughout Cape Range National Park. Some areas are for day use only and there are picnic facilities and toilets at many sites. No campfires are allowed in the park. Contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre for more information.