Cape Range National Park is a absolutely beautiful place to visit on the West Coast of Australia and we promise you that you won’t regret it!
Osprey Bay is a really lovely place to camp and a beautiful snorkel spot too. A lot of people will go to some of the more well known snorkeling spots in Cape Range, so this is a bit of a gem. You will see heaps of turtles, a huge variety of fish, a reef shark…to name just a few.
It’s pretty hot this time of year, so be sure to take plenty of drinking water as you’re miles from anything here (which is also what makes it so special).
Be sure to check out the Oyster Stacks snorkeling spot (can only go at high tide, so check before you go), Turquoise Bay (be careful of the rips) and a hike at Yardie Creek is well worth it. You should also check out the Vlamingh Head lighthouse.
As with a lot of places in Australia, be really careful about driving at dusk or nighttime. Try to avoid it if you can, as there is hundreds of kangaroos along an hour stretch of road.
So beautiful, it will have you going back time and time again!
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.
The Milyering Visitor 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.
A large number of small campgrounds are positioned along the Cape Range coast: Neds, Mesa, North T Bone, Tulki, North Mandu, Kurrajong, Osprey Bay, Bungarra, Yardie Creek, One K and Boat Harbour. Campsites have no power or water but the views and natural beauty are second to none. Fees apply and there are restrictions to the length of time you can camp.
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.
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.
Yardie Creek Road Cape Range National Park
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