Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

Author: Gracie Quinn   Date Posted:3 May 2017 

A spectacular destination on the North West Cape Peninsula, Cape Range National Park takes the idea of a coastal holiday beyond sunbathing on sandy beaches and swimming in blue waters.

Average Winter Temp: 23°C

Average Summer Temp: 36°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Baiyunga and Jinigudira people

This is the land of dramatic gorges carved by rivers as ancient as time, rugged limestone ranges that stand guard over the coast, and surreal beaches that extend as far as the eye can see, spanning over 50 kilometres in length.

Cape Range National Park amounts to over 50,000 hectares of pure natural bliss. Its constant duet of canyons and creeks rewards walking tourists with panoramic views and sightings of rare aerial and aquatic species. Beautifully preserved beaches extend outwards, culminating in the famous turquoise waters of the area. Visitors can treat themselves to the scenic delights of Cape Range National Park by embarking on walking or 4WD trails, joining guided boat tours, heading to the visitor centre, and camping in any of the well-located campgrounds strewn around the Park. An overwhelming wealth of wildlife will greet you at every corner, ranging from wallabies and emus, to shorebirds, mangrove fantails and yellow white eyes.

Cape Range National Park is located about 40km north of Exmouth, adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park. It can be visited any time of year, though tourists would do well to protect themselves from soaring summer temperatures, and remember that sudden rains can change walking conditions within the park at short notice.

 

Attractions & Activities:

  • Swimming

  • Snorkelling

  • Guided Gorge Walks

  • Guided Boat Tours

  • Nature Trails

  • Four Wheel Drives

  • Kayaking

  • Fishing

  • Yardie Creek

  • Turquoise Bay

  • Mangrove Bay Bird Hide

  • Milyering Visitor Centre

  • Charles Knife Canyon

  • Shothole Canyon

  • Mandu Mandu

  • Badjirrajirra Loop Trail

  • Ningaloo Reef

 

Caravan Parks:

Cape Range National Park Camping Areas

Cape Range National Park, WA

There are a number of small, well-located campgrounds all over Cape Range National Park. All of these have unpowered sites and no water, but make up for their lack of amenities with gorgeous views and almost surreal coastal settings. Those that can accommodate caravans and motorhomes include Mesa Campground, Yardie Creek Campground, Tulki, and Ned’s Campground (day-use only). Others are mainly accessible via 4WD only, or have only 2-3 sites on offer. Sites at all these campgrounds are allotted on first-come-first-served basis, and are in high demand during winter and spring.

$10 per adult per night, $6.60 per concession card holder per night, $2.20 per child per night (5-16 years)

Park entry fees also applicable.

 

Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Exmouth, WA

A lovely property minutes away from Cape Range National Park (to the north), Yardie Homestead Caravan Park offers a vast array of stay options, from shady caravan sites to chalets, cabins and shearer’s quarters. Offering the full range of modern amenities (hot showers, toilets, laundry, kitchen, BBQs, swimming pool) in an eco-friendly site, this caravan park can hold its own as a family holiday getaway. There’s a lot to do, from fishing to snorkelling and kayaking. The premises are pet friendly, as long as all four-legged beings are kept on a leash.

$30/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (6-15 years)

(Cabins, chalets and shearer’s quarters are also available. Tariffs start at $120.)

 

Ningaloo Lighthouse Caravan Park

Exmouth, WA

Occupying a prime spot on the apex of North West Cape, Ningaloo Lighthouse Caravan Park is a great base from which to explore Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park, and the various beach and water based delights of the region. Accommodation options here range from powered and unpowered caravan sites, to cabins, fishermen’s bungalows, and lookout chalets. The camping area is located right across the beach, amid shady trees and a tranquil atmosphere, and supported by the full range of amenities, infrastructure and conveniences such as a general store, a swimming pool, a café, and refuelling station.

$31/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 for every additional person; $6 per child (3-12 years)

$40/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $6 per child (3-12 years)

(Rates mentioned here are base rates; rise in the peak and high peak seasons. Please check property website for exact pricing. Cabins, fishermen’s bungalows and lookout chalets are also available.)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Caravanning tourists on a tight budget can explore any of the camping options within the boundaries of the Cape Range National Park (as mentioned in the above section).