Overview : This 1.5km, Class 3 walk along the Yardie Creek Gorge rim takes about 1.5 hours. The start of the walk is 39km south of Milyering... more »
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This 1.5km, Class 3 walk along the Yardie Creek Gorge rim takes about 1.5 hours. The start of the walk is 39km south of Milyering... more » Visitor Centre (about 30 minutes drive). There are picnic facilities and a toilet at the start.
The track has spectacular views. If you look carefully, you may spot rock-wallabies amongst the rock ledges on the opposite side of the gorge. A variety of birds also rest and sometimes nest along the cliff faces. To protect bird nesting areas and rock-wallaby habitat, the southern side of Yardie Creek is a sanctuary area. If you are paddling up the creek, please refrain from going ashore. less «
If walking from October to May, go in the early morning or late afternoon, and allow enough time to get back before it gets dark. Take... more » care, as you are negotiating a cliff edge and the surface is uneven. Take a torch in case it gets dark before you get back.
Entrance fees apply to visit Cape Range National Park. Day entry fees:
$11 per vehicle (up to eight legally seated people)
$5 per concession cardholders or motorcycle
$5 per passenger or $1.50 per concession cardholder in a vehicle with more than with occupants but not on a commercial tour
Seniors Card, Age Pension, Disability Support, Carer Payment, Carer Allowance, Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), Companion Card
A range of national park passes which save you money and allow multiple Department of Parks and Wildlife park entries are available from DPaW offices and Milyering Visitor Centre. Visit DPaW's website for further information (dpaw.wa.gov.au).
Camping fees are payable in addition to park entry fees. Entry fees are only payable on the first day when camping. Camping fees are payable from the first night. less «
From the Yardie Creek picnic area, follow the track to the right of the information shelter.
Rock figs grow out of the limestone along the side of the track. Around May and June look for the grey foliage and mauve flowers of the Yardie Creek morning glory. This plant is unique to the Cape Range peninsula.
Experience the spectacular colours and beauty of this rugged gorge with a one-hour cruise along protected waters of Yardie Creek. Experienced Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) guides point out the unique array of wildlife - including the rare black-footed rock-wallaby, numerous birds and their nesting sites and a surprising variety of marine... More life.
Safe, easy boarding access, comfortable seating and shaded cruises run daily throughout the year, subject to numbers. Strong winds, rain or unforeseen circumstances may result in tour cancellation so please confirm cruise operations before you go.
Bookings and tickets are via the Milyering Visitor Centre, (08) 9949 2808, open seven days a week 9am-3.35pm, or Exmouth Visitor Centre, (08) 9949 1176, open weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends and public holidays 9am-1pm.
The fossil-bearing limestone rocks near the boat cruise departure point were built from marine sediments deposited about 40,000 years ago during the last of the high sea level periods. The fossil species that can be seen in this limestone are much the same as the living species on the modern reef. Please remember that collecting fossils in the park is not permitted.Less
The remainder the trail is unpaved and rocks can be jagged and loose underfoot, so please take care. Don't go near cliff edges.
From this point you should look out for black-footed rock-wallabies (Petrogale lateralis) amongst the rock ledges on the opposite side of the gorge. Yardie Creek is probaly the most accessible place where you can... More reliably see this threatened wildlife species.
The hind feet of this species are thick and padded, and resemble the radial tyres of cars - a great attribute for moving around its rocky habitat with impressive speed.
Rock-wallabies mostly eat grass but they may also browse on herbs, leaves and fruit. They are most active at night, but may feed in the late afternoon and bask during the early morning.Less
The track crosses quite a steep gully. Cross to the opposite side, taking great care, as loose rocks make it stable underfoot. These gullies, like the gorges, have been carved from water draining off the Cape Range.
Interesting trees like the bat-wing coral (Erythrina vespertilio) can often be found growing here. When you look at the leaves... More you'll know where the plant gets its common name - they are shaped like the wings of a bat. The tree is deciduous and has reddish-orange flowers from May to November.Less
Continue on the other side of the gully, past a thicket of eucalypts, acacias and rock figs, heading towards a small hill. After about 100m, head up and over the hill. From this point, looking back over the path, you can see the creek mouth, the ocean and the impressively coloured walls of Yardie Creek.
Wind and wave swept sand deposited on the ... Moreseashore have formed the sandbar across the mouth of the creek. Fish like mullet, parrotfish, trevally, cod and garfish are impounded by the sandbar until the next heavy rains and high tide.Less
Follow the track to the left over more rocks, until you reach the edge of a very steep tributary.
Turn left and follow the gully floor for about 30m, before proceeding to the right and up the tributary wall.
The uneven surface requires concentration, but don't forget to pause to take in the surroundings. The gullies and creeks often contain... More plants and animals that don't grow or live on the exposed top of the range.Less
Please pay attention to the warning sign that advises 'Danger - keep back from cliff edge'.
Cross another, considerably less steep, gully.
As you head out of the gully, you will see another gorge risk sign. Once at the top, you have reached the end of the track. To the right, you can see Yardie Creek winding downstream towards its mouth. Looking left, you can see the upper reaches of Yardie Creek. Please do not proceed past this point,... More as the area beyond is a wildlife sanctuary.
It is a good place to stop and look around. White bellied sea-eagles can usually be seen soaring overhead with an eye for mullet down in the waters of the creek. These spectacular birds have a wingspan of more than 1.5 metres. Although their diet is mainly fish, they also eat sea-snakes and nesting and nestling seabirds, as well as flying foxes and rock-wallabies. Their prey is often torn up and eaten on the flattened top of rigid shrubs, especially the native apricot (Pittosporum phylliraeoides). These trees can be found scattered throughout the Cape Range National Park, usually growing on sand, coastal limestone and sand dunes.
Retrace your steps to the car park.Less