Mandu Mandu Gorge Loop

45 min to 1 h 30 min

7.9 km

↑ 317 m
↓ -317 m

Very challenging
Starting from the car park at the end of Mandu Mandu Gorge Access Road, Cape Range National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Mandu Mandu Gorge via the Mandu Mandu Gorge Track. The first few hundred metres are over karst limestone and hard-packed sand before descending slightly into the dry gorge riverbed of loose water-smoothed rocks. Try to lift your head up every once in a while and take in the stunning red cliffs on both sides of the track. Look carefully and you may see rare black-footed rock wallabies in shady areas of the gorge walls. Animals tend to get out and about when it's relatively cool, so early mornings and late afternoons are your best bet for observing them. After a while, the trail rises steeply out of the gorge onto the plateau, offering stunning panoramic views towards the ocean. The trail then descends fairly steeply along the northern ridge of the gorge, eventually leading back to the car park. It is well marked with white posts and stone cairns along the way. The trail is steep in sections, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Beware of loose rocks and unstable surfaces, and be careful with foot placement to avoid sprains. Take care at the top of the gorge as there are strong wind gusts. The water is not permanent, there aren't any facilities present, and the place is quite exposed. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sturdy walking shoes. 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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This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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