About this place
The Charles Knife Road turn off is 22km (20 minute drive) south of Exmouth. The drive takes you on a winding road up to the top of the range, offering spectacular views of the rugged terrain of Cape Range and the waters of Exmouth Gulf.
Stop at the carpark and picnic tables on the way to the lookout.
You can also access the Badjirrajirra Walk trail from the Thomas Carter Lookout. This class 4, 6km return walk takes approximately 3 hours. It is a moderately difficult loop trail traversing the top of Cape Range. The trail winds its way through rocky gullies, small gorges and open spinifex bushland.
For more information on this walk trail contact the Milyering Discovery Centre.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Extreme heat can be encountered when walking in Cape Range National Park. Between November and March temperatures can often exceed 45°C. Walking during the cooler months and during cooler times of the day is strongly recommended.
- Carry and drink adequate water (minimum of 4L per person), and wear sunscreen, long sleeves and a hat. There is no water and very little shade in the park.
- Wear sturdy footwear, follow the trail markers and remain on the trail, for your own safety.
- Stand well back from cliff edges. Undercutting by erosion can lead to weak sections that may collapse under your weight.
- Before you leave, tell a responsible friend or family member where you plan to walk and when you expect to return. Remember to let them know when you’ve returned safely.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Charles Knife Canyon.
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.