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Yardie Creek Gorge Rim, Cape Range National Park

View rock wallabies along a spectacular gorge in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 0.87 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

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 »

Tips:  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 »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

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.

2. Yardie Creek Boat Cruise departure point

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

3. Start of unpaved trail

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

4. Viewpoint - information panels

A limestone ledge overlooks the creek and a grove of mangrove trees. To your right you can see the mouth of the creek and the ocean.

Stilt mangroves (Rhizophora stylosa), recognised by their arching prop roots, nestle along the creek sides.

5. Steep gully

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

6. Small hill

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 ... More

7. Very steep tributary

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

8. Top of the gully

At the top, turn right towards Yardie Creek. As you approach the edge of the gorge, turn left and continue upstream enjoying the spectacular views.

9. Cliff risk warning sign

Please pay attention to the warning sign that advises 'Danger - keep back from cliff edge'.

10. End of the track

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