About this park
The rugged limestone range and arid coastal plain of Cape Range adjoin the pristine waters of Ningaloo Marine Park with spectacular contrasting scenery. Located within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, Cape Range is rich and diverse in wildlife including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, birds and black-flanked rock wallabies.
Cape Range offers attractions and activities for all abilities from universal access walk trails, wildlife viewing, camping, beachcombing, swimming, snorkelling, beach fishing and more.
Take a walk on one of the walk trails and gain views of the earthy tones of the arid landscape against the stark blue waters of Ningaloo Marine Park. A visit to Yardie Creek is a must, explore on foot or join a boat tour as it meanders up the gorge between sheer cliffs. Sit for a while and watch the birds flock into Mangrove Bay, view the outer Ningaloo Reef from the lookout at Bloodwood Creek and watch the humpback whales pass during their annual migration (May to October).
Relax on one of the many magnificent beaches, or dive in and explore the crystal clear waters and coral gardens of Ningaloo Marine Park. Walk off the shore and snorkel one of the many sites including Turquoise Bay, Lakeside and Oyster Stacks.
Visitors can further explore the park's rugged landscape of spectacular canyons on the eastern side of Cape Range along drive trails into Charles Knife Canyon and Shothole Canyon.
This is one of our favourite places to visit in Australia. With the reef just off the shore it is a magical destination to explore and a must to add to your bucket list! Swimming with the whale sharks is a must!’ The Blonde Nomads - Trip Advisor
Plan when to visit. Read this safety information about bushwalking, swimming, surfing, fishing, paddling, kayaking, snorkelling and diving. Consider traveling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Temperatures can soar to over 45°C in summer. Walks should only be attempted between April and September. Wear suitable footwear and clothing and carry plenty of water. If taking an extended walk let someone know your expected time of return.
Canoeing and kayaking
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded in Cape Range National Park.
We recognise and acknowledge Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinigurdira people as the traditional owners of Cape Range National Park and adjoining Ningaloo Marine Park. We are proud to be in joint management with the traditional owners to look after these special areas for future generations to enjoy.