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The Mandu Mandu walk is an excellent three kilometre loop trail that leads along the gorge rim then descends into the gorge. It is steep in sections so a reasonable degree of fitness is required. Go early in theday when it’s cooler and you’ll have good chance of spotting some rock wallabies.
By far most visitors to Exmouth focus their attention on the incredible marine environment of Ningaloo Reef. There are however some landbased attractions worth looking at. One of these attractions is a great walk that goes up Mandu Mandu Gorge deep into Cape Range National Park. The walk trail begins 14 kilometres south of Milyering Discovery Centre on the Yardie Creek Road. From the Car Park, the trail enters the dry creek bed of loose water-smoothed rocks. On both sides sheer vibrant red cliffs rise dramatically. The trail has markers along the way as the route is not easily descernable with all those rocks. Look carefully and you may see rare rock wallabies in shady areas of the gorge walls. After a while the trail rises steeply out of the gorge onto the plateau where numerous flowering plants can be seen. Its a bit of a haRoad slog, but don't think the worse is over just because you made it to the top. There are several steep ups and downs to negotiate before getting back to the Car Park. It is highly recommended that this walk be done early in the day as it is often extremely hot.
About the region
Located adjacent to Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. A highlight to any Cape Range experience is a trip to Yardie Creek, which flows between sheer cliffs. Guided boat tours are available for visitors to enjoy the tranquillity of the gorge and view the wildlife in its natural setting.
Start Point: Mandu Mandu Car Park, Cape Range National Park, 40km from Exmouth, 1200km north of Perth
End Point: Mandu Mandu Car Park, Cape Range National Park, 40km from Exmouth, 1200km north of Perth
Region: Cape Range National Park, Coral Coast
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