Yardie Gorge Trail

45 min to 1 h 30 min

2.4 km

↑ 33 m
↓ -33 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Yardie Creek Road, Cape Range National Park, this walk takes you along the creek's edge, then up along the northern side of the gorge via the Yardie Nature Walk and Yardie Gorge Trail. The first section (Yardie Nature Walk) meanders along Yardie Creek, part of it being wheelchair-friendly. Several vantage points give excellent views of the gorge, the creek mouth and Ningaloo Reef. There is seating located along the trail for visitors to rest and enjoy the contrasting colours of the surrounding landscape. The Yardie Nature Walk ends as the gorge walls start to rise. The Yardie Gorge Trail is initially an easy walk but becomes more difficult as you ascend the range. Following a series of white marker poles, the trail passes multiple vantage points looking down into the creek. The trail crosses a series of smaller side gorges, requiring some mild scrambling to traverse. The Yardie Gorge Trail ends just as the creek bends, with a sign marking the end of the walk. Returning back along the gorge, walkers can see the course of Yardie Creek as it heads towards the ocean filled with water. This is a moderately challenging walk, with a mix of gentle walking along the creek's edge and occasionally steep ascents and descents in and out of the side gorges. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and carry plenty of drinking water. This walk is best done on cooler days and preferably early in the morning. Avoid doing this walk on very hot days. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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