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About Yardie Gorge Trail, Cape Range NP
The Yardie Gorge Trail is located in the spectacular Yardie Creek gorge, one hour's drive from Exmouth, Western Australia. Starting at river level the trail slowly climbs up the red rock cliffs of the gorge, becoming more difficult as you ascend the range; however, the views into the gorge are well worth the effort.
Follow the 0.6 km Yardie Nature Walk and continue on for another 0.4 km along the Yardie Creek Gorge Trail. (2km return) The trail is initially an easy walk, but becomes more difficult as you ascend the range.
Centuries of erosion have formed a spectacular multi-coloured gorge. Hidden within the safety of the gorge walls is a colony of black-footed rock wallabies. These timid creatures seek shelter on ledges along the gorge walls resting during daylight hours, coming out to feed in the cool of the night.
Yardie is the only gorge in the area with permanent water however this is saltwater fed from the ocean. This interesting ecosystem has mangrove areas that provide roosting sites for many bird species while the sheltered waters are a sanctuary for many marine animals. The beginnings of the gorge are deep in the limestone range.
Milyering, the National Park Visitor Centre features interpretive displays, audio-visual facilities and a library containing a wealth of information on the National and Marine Parks to help visitors appreciate the natural environment. National Park rangers are on site to assist with enquiries.
Please contact the Ningaloo Visitor Centre for more information about boat tours that operate daily within the gorge.
Be trail ready for Yardie Gorge Trail, Cape Range NP
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Allow 2 hours
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsCarry adequate water 3 litres/per person wear sunscreen, long sleeves ad a hat. There is no water and very little shade.
Yardie Creek car park, Cape Range National Park, 90km (1 hour) drive from Exmouth on a sealed road, which is 1300km (16.5 hours) north of Perth
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsTrail is subject to intermittent salt water flooding. Please phone ahead to check conditions. Trail surface is gravel and rock with cliff edges so caution is advised.
At the main car park there are toilets and a short walk from the carpark you'll find a picnic area under some shady Tamarisk trees. Cape Range National Park's Yardie Campsite is nearby. For camping, booking needs to be made online prior to your visit. These campsites are extemely popular and you can book up to 180 days in advance.
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Car Park
- Shaded Area
- Coach Parking
- All accessible toilet facilities
Best time of year
April to September
Entry fee to Cape Range National Park - http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees
Road from Exmouth
No pets, campfires or firearms.
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Spectacular views of the gorge
Views out to the ocean
Views along the gorge
Black footed rock wallaby
Stunning red cliffs
Afternoon Shadows in the gorge
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