The deep red canyons of Cape Range National Park are a striking backdrop to the vivid blue waters of UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef – the largest fringing reef on Earth. Adventure, wildlife and wildflowers abound here in this 50,581-hectare outback playground.
The entrance is just 30 minutes’ drive from Exmouth, and a shuttle-bus service to Yardie Creek is also available.
Make Milyering Visitor Centre your first stop for interpretive displays on the local flora and fauna, and maps of the bushwalking tracks and four wheel drive trails.
The best way to encounter native flora and fauna in the park is to take a guided walk up Mandu Mandu Gorge, an afternoon bushwalk through Yardie Creek gorge, or a cruise (seasonal) up Yardie Creek to spot the rare black-footed rock wallaby.
Charles Knife Canyon (not suitable for caravans) and Shothole Canyon also offer some great four wheel drive detours off the Manilya-Exmouth Road.
Between June and August, the surrounding plains are coloured with 630 varieties of wildflowers, and from June to November you may also spot migrating humpback whales off the coast.
Add to the adventure by going camping or 'glamping' in Cape Range National Park.