Take a hike into the western side of Cape Range National Park and keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife in Mandu Mandu Gorge.

Mandu Mandu Gorge features 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 walking trail begins 14 kilometres south of Milyering Discovery Centre on the Yardie Creek Road. From the carpark, the trail enters the dry creek bed of loose water-smoothed rocks. On both sides, sheer vibrant red cliffs rise dramatically. The trail has markers along the way as the route is not easily discernable with all those rocks.

"Mandu" is a layer of rock-bed, with the other two layers called "Trealla" (the thinnest layer) and "Tulki" (the hardest layer and Tulki beach is named after this limestone). Mandu is the third main layer of limestone and is the most easily visible layer in the Cape Range National Park. This limestone can be seen in the lower regions of the gorges, it is a whitish, chalky and relatively soft limestone.

Go early in the day to explore Mandu Mandu when it’s cooler and keep an eye out for the resident population of rare black-footed rock wallabies that live along the gorge walls.This is an easy walking trail suitable for children.

Want to get in the water? Visit North Mandu Beach, part of the Mandu Sanctuary Zone. Mandu Sanctuary Zone provides an excellent opportunity for snorkelling amidst the stunning corals and abundant marine life. Time your visit with the incoming tide if possible for an unforgettable experience underwater. North Mandu beach has the closest proximity of reef from the sand. Oyster Stacks are also located within Mandu Sanctuary Zone. For the less energetic, laze on the soft sandy beaches and soak up the glorious West Australian sunshine. Watch the magnificent seabirds that regularly fly around waters in search of their prey.

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