Cape Range National Park

Around 1100 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park is a landscape of rugged limestone ridges, deep rocky canyons, pristine beaches and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The nearest town is Exmouth, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cape Range National Park’s traditional custodians are the Baiyunga and Jinigudira people. Cape Range National Park
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Cape Range National Park

Explore the rugged canyons, limestone ridges and pristine beaches of Cape Range National Park


Around 1100 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park is a landscape of rugged limestone ridges, deep rocky canyons, pristine beaches and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The nearest town is Exmouth, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cape Range National Park’s traditional custodians are the Baiyunga and Jinigudira people.

Located on the west side of Western Australia’s North West Cape, Cape Range National Park is a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and pristine beaches. Its northern boundary is just 40 kilometres from Exmouth. Wildlife is abundant here, with a variety of birds, emus, and red kangaroos.

The Mangrove Bay sanctuary area includes a bird hide overlooking a lagoon, where a variety of birds roost at high tide. During the summer months many species of migratory birds can be seen in the area.

Cape Range National Park, WA

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 rare black-footed rock wallabies. You can explore the gorge on walking trails or by comfortable cruise boat.

Hike the Mandu Mandu Gorge or the razor-backed ridges of Charles Knife Canyon for stunning panoramic views. More than 700 caves are located within the park and it is probable that many others remain undiscovered. Over 630 species of Australian native wildflowers are found within the park; that generally bloom toward the end of winter, including the Bird Flower and the Desert Sturt Pea.

Learn about the wonders of Cape Range National Park and nearby Ningaloo Marine Park at the Milyering Visitor Centre, managed by the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. There are a number of camping sites throughout Cape Range National Park, although some areas are allocated for day use only.

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