Top Trail: Yardie Gorge Trail, Cape Range NP
Yardie Gorge Trail is a two-kilometre walk overlooking the ancient Yardie Creek gorge. With amazing views of red limestone cliff faces and the opportunity to see a wonderful array of birds and wildlife, including the rare black-footed wallaby, euros and red kangaroos. From the top, the views into the creek and out to the Ningaloo Reef are purely spectacular.
About the Trail
A 1.2km (allow 40 minutes) Yardie Nature Walk meanders above the gorge's vertical red rock walls, overlooking Yardie Creek. It is initially an easy walk but becomes more difficult as you ascend the range.
If you wish to add a further 800 metres (allow 2 hours) to this walk, follow the track that leads from the end of the Yardie Nature Walk.
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.
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.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife runs a daily gorge tour called Yardie Creek Gorge Tours. The tour takes one hour and is highly recommended. The times vary due to the tides.