Travel | Things To Do in Cape Range National Park

Located on Western Australia’s North West cape, Cape Range National Park is one of the state’s favourite holiday destinations. Covering over 50,581 hectares of deep gorges, limestone canyons and spectacular beaches, the national park has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts. These are some of our favourite things to do while you’re there.

Get informed at Milyering Discovery Centre

Before you head out into Cape Range National Park, make sure that you stop at the fascinating Milyering Discovery Centre. Built-in 1988, the centre is made of rammed earth and powered by solar energy. At the time, the centre was the first eco-friendly building of its kind in Australia. Filled with interpretive displays, audiovisual guides and brochures, the centre provides all the information you will need for your time in the park. If you’re planning on swimming and snorkelling then make sure that you check the tide chart while you’re there. Here, you can also grab your share of snacks and refreshments before travelling further into the national park.

Swim at Turquoise Bay

In this year’s Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers Choice Awards, Turquoise Bay was chosen as the 6th best beach in the world. With crystal blue water, soft white sand and an abundance of colourful marine life, it’s not hard to see why. The beach is the perfect place to get up close and personal with Ningaloo Marine Park’s rich diversity of sea life. TO experience the wonderful sensation of drift snorkelling, simply enter the water from the Drift loop carpark and the natural current will gently pull you in a northerly direction across the coral reef.

Take a boat trip up Yardie Creek

Flowing between two deep, red cliffs, Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park’s natural water source. While you can walk along the cliffs, the best way to see this natural landscape is from the water. With an informative guide, Yardie Creek Boat Tours provide tourists with inside knowledge about the local region and its diverse history, wildlife and geography. With unique Australian wildlife calling the gorge home, you may be lucky enough to see ospreys, black-flanked rock wallaby and even a dingo or two.

Hike Mandu Mandu Gorge

Hikers and bushwalkers will be pleased with this 3km return trail through Mandu Mandu Gorge. The trail offers panoramic views of the national park before descending deep into the gorge. Enjoy getting to know the region’s unique geography from a new perspective, and don’t be surprised if you spot some birds of prey and black-flanked rock-wallabies along the trail either. Tackling some creeks, rocky ridges and rugged wilderness, this hike is one of the best ways to get to know Cape Range National Park. While the walk’s difficulty is considered moderate, we recommend only undertaking this trail in mild weather.

Drive down the scenic Charles Knife Canyon road

Located 22km south of Exmouth, Charles Knife Canyon Road is one of the most scenic roads in Western Australia. The 11km stretch of road winds its way around a very narrow ridge to offer views of the surrounding area. With challenging and dangerous corners, it’s unlikely that the driver will be enjoying the view. For this reason, it’s a good idea to stop at the Thomas Carter lookout and take in the truly spectacular scenery of Cape Range National Park.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Western Australia then you might like to know about a rugged eco-retreat in the north west, places to hike in Perth, and the best places to experience glamping in Western Australia.

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