Department of Parks & Wildlife
The Department of Parks & Wildlife (formerly Department of Environment and Conservation) oversee the management of the Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. The Exmouth Visitor Centre acknowledges the contribution the Department of Parks & Wildlife makes to the Ningaloo region.
CAPE RANGE NATIONAL PARK
The Cape Range National Park is dominated by a rugged limestone range; the remains of an ancient sea floor thrust upwards by movements of the earth's crust. The range descends to sea level along the coast with arid coastal plains and sand dunes predominating.
This diverse landscape is rich in wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, emus, dingoes and large lizards, along with smaller mammals, other reptiles and more than 160 species of bird. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including bushwalking, camping, fishing, photography, nature observation, and much more.
The northern entry point to the Cape Range National Park and is about 36kms from Exmouth, on Yardie Creek Road. Entry from the south is via Ningaloo Station and requires a four-wheel-drive in order to cross Yardie Creek. Yardie Creek is subject to intermittent saltwater flooding - contact the Ningaloo Visitor Centre for the latest conditions on the Yardie Creek crossing.
The major access road into and through the park (south to Yardie Creek) is sealed. Access roads to individuals sites comprise both sealed and unsealed roads. Most of these access roads are suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles. However, road conditions deteriorate rapidly with rain and access may become restricted.
To protect wildlife the maximum driving speed is 80kph, and night driving should be avoided.
NINGALOO MARINE PARK
The Ningaloo Marine Park protects Australia's largest and most accessible fringing reef system. The shallow lagoons formed by the Ningaloo Reef combined with the deeper offshore waters create a diverse array of habitats for a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish. Many other creatures are found in the park, including whale sharks (the world's largest fish), turtles, dugong, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales.
The Ningaloo Marine Park provides an excellent opportunity to fish (outside sanctuary zones), swim, snorkel, dive, observe marine life and relax on the beach.
Campsites can be found at selected locations along the length of the Cape Range National Park. All sites have limited facilities, with no power or water and most with no shade. The maximum time that campers may stay in the national park is 28 days. Camping fees apply and visitors must vacate sites by 10am on the day of departure. For campsite bookings, please visit: www.parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au.