Cape Range National Park covers about 50 581 hectares and is 40km from Exmouth. The park consists of a western and eastern side with widely different attractions.
A small entry fee applies as well as camping fees for overnight stays. An honour system applies when the station is unattended. No campfires or pets are allowed in the park.
There are loads of camping bays scattered over the park and most are accessible by 2WD vehicles. These sites don’t cater for the pampered camper as there is no power, showers or cooking facilities. Most of the sites have toilets and picnic tables, but you must bring your own drinking water along due to the arid nature of the place. The sites can’t be booked, it is on a first come, first serve basis.
There are no supermarkets or service stations within the park. It is advisable to stock up on drinking water, fuel and groceries in Exmouth beforehand. Milyering Visitors Centre (inside the park) is open most days. It consists of an information centre with brochures, displays and a small library as well as souvenir shop that also supply a small variety of refreshments.
You can spend hours on the beach just marveling at the crystal clear water of this bay contrasted by white sandy shores. If you can finally work up the energy to venture into the ocean, you’ll find that the snorkeling is great too. Once again the coral is just meters away from shore. One thing to keep in mind at Turquoise Bay though is the current. Most of the time the current is not too strong and you can just let it carry you over the coral parallel with the beach.
The rip current is caused due to a gap in the Ningaloo Reef at the tip of the two Turquoise Bay beaches. The currents can be especially strong around the sandbar and the southern most point of the bay. You will find all the information you need about the rip current at Milyering visitors centre.
Yardie Creek :
This beautiful gorge is situated 90km from Exmouth in the Cape Range National Park. It is also the place where the bitumen road ends. The red cliffs are perfectly contrasted by the deep blue waters of the creek.
You can explore the creek via the river cruise or take a hike along a wide smooth walk trail. At the end of this walk trail you have the option to continue on over rougher terrain to get an elevated view of the creek. It is a 750m walk, class 4, and you should allow about an hour for a round trip. Make sure you take a hat, water and slap on plenty of sunscreen as there is little shade along the way.
The rare black-footed rock wallaby eluded us this time, but we saw plenty of bird life, colourful crickets and a small snake.
Apart from yet another spectacular beach we encounter something very special at Osprey bay – turtles! It is breeding season for the turtles therefore they are coming closer to land. What a privilege to stand on the beach and marvel at these creatures.
Here I have to make a special mention of the tour guides; we find them to be extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you Kim, without you pointing out the turtles to us we surely would have missed it, as we were truly knackered by then and could only think of something cold to eat and drink!
Between all the bays with coral you get this gem, if you are into kite - or wind surfing. No coral to break or hit your board on. Just the most beautiful clear water to enjoy to your heart’s content. The wind is blowing most days as well, which is a big bonus for wind sports.
There are heaps of little bays and beaches to explore within the park. Wildlife is abundant too with kangaroos and emus being sighted regularly. More photos.