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The Department of Environment and Conservation (formerly CALM -Conservation and Land Management) oversee the management of the Cape Range National Park and the Ningaloo Marine Park.
Cape Range National Park is dominated by a rugged limestone range, the remains of an ancient sea floor thrust upwards by movements of the earths crust. The range descents to sea level along the coast with arid coastal plains and sand dunes predominating.
This diverse landscape is rich in wildlife, Kangaroos, Echidnas, Emus and large lizards are common, along with smaller mammals and other reptiles. More than 160 species of bird have been recorded in the area.
The park covers a variety of recreational opportunities to walk, camp, observe nature, picnic, take photographs and much more
Where is it?
The northern entry point provides the main access to Cape Range National Park and is about 36kms from Exmouth. Entry from the south is via Ningaloo Station and requires a four-wheel-drive in order to cross Yardie Creek. Yardie Creek is subject to intermittent saltwater flooding - contact Milyering or Exmouth Visitor Centre for conditions.
The major access road into and through the park (south to Yardie Creek) is sealed. Access roads to individuals sites comprise both sealed and unsealed roads. Most of these access roads are suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles. However road conditions deteriorate rapidly with rain and access may become restricted.
To protect wildlife the maximum driving speed is about 80 km an hour, and night driving should be avoided.
Ningaloo Marine Park protects Australias largest and most accessible fringing reef system. The shallow lagoons formed by the reef, and the deeper offshore waters create a diverse array of habitats for a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish. Many other creatures are found in the park, including whale sharks (the worlds largest fish), turtles, dugongs, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales.
Ningaloo Marine Park provides an excellent opportunity to fish (outside sanctuary zones), swim, snorkel, dive, observe marine life and relax on the beach.
Campsites can be found at selected locations along the length of Cape Range National Park. All sites have limited facilities, with no power or water and most with no shade. The maximum time that campers may stay in the national park is 28 days. Camping fees apply and visitors must vacate sites by 10am on the day of departure.
To camp outside the park on pastoral lands, you should contact the station manager. Camping or entry fees apply in many of these areas
DEC also operate a boat cruise at Yardie Creek Gorge. The boat cruise departs daily, however the departure times do vary due to the tides. The price is $25 per adult. For bookings, please contact the Milyering Visitor Centre or the Exmouth Visitor Centre.