Ningaloo Reef & Range Overnight Trek
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Ningaloo Reef & Range Overnight Trek

Enjoy an intimate overnight hike through Cape Range National Park, spotting whales on Ningaloo Reef & marvelling at the rugged beauty of the region.

Exmouth, Australia
DurationDuration2 Days, 1 Night
Minimum AgeMinimum Age16 years
Fitness LevelFitness LevelHigh
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationExmouthi

What's Included

  • Get up to $60 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 2-day trekking adventure in Cape Range National Park, exploring Yardie Creek, Cape Range, & the Ningaloo Coast
  • Opportunities to spot wildlife such as Black Flanked Rock Wallabies or Short Beaked Echidna
  • Time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear waters of the Ningaloo lagoon
  • One night at a sunset camp overlooking the Ningaloo Reef
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, & 1 dinner
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide to lead you through the rugged terrain
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Exmouth accommodation

What's Excluded

  • Equipment hire – a quality rucksack, sleeping bag and liner, inflatable pillow and sleep mat, all cooking equipment, utensils, and all food, water bottles, head torch, seat, gaiters and a quality two-man tent

What to Expect

If you're looking for a short but comprehensive trekking adventure along the Ningaloo Coast, then this 2-day loop through Cape Range National Park is ideal. Explore the upper reaches of Yardie Creek, Cape Range, and pristine beaches.


Day 1 – 6 Kilometres


The first day starts early, with pick-ups beginning from 7:00 am. On the morning of departure, ensure you have had a good breakfast (not included) and have started to hydrate. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water before commencing your trek.


Once you're on board, head to the rendezvous point to get fitted out with any equipment you might have hired for this adventure or for the crew to check you have the essentials if you're bringing your own gear. 


Then, the group will make their way to Cape Range National Park, stopping off at Milyering Visitor Centre for a quick break before the trek begins. Finally, once at the starting point, it's time for a safety brief and to ensure your packs are snug.


The first step on this adventure takes you alongside the picturesque Yardie Creek Gorge. As you ascend the Range, keep a keen eye out for the rare Black Flanked Rock Wallabies and the myriad of birdlife that call this place home. It's not long until you'll glance back and enjoy sweeping views of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range stretching away into the distance.


Spend the rest of the day exploring the upper reaches of Yardie Creek and make your way to the top of the Range to set up camp in time for sunset.


Once packs are off, camp is set, and meals cooked, you'll spend the evening spotting Humpback Whales on the reef and enjoying the changing colours as the sun sets below the horizon. You will never forget your night in this remote corner of Western Australia, atop Cape Range overlooking Ningaloo Reef and the Indian Ocean with the Milky Way above.


Day 2 – 8 Kilometres


Rising with the sun, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and continue the adventure. Making your way down through ancient wave-cut sandstone terraces, cross the coastal plains where it's not uncommon to see Western Grey Kangaroos, Dingoes, or perhaps the shy but spiky Short Beaked Echidna.


Once over the coastal dunes, it's not long till you can take your boots off and enjoy a well-earned swim in the refreshing crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo lagoon. Afterwards, you'll beach-comb your way along the pristine coastline and back to the waiting vehicle to safely deliver the group back to Exmouth. You'll arrive in time for hotel check-in or afternoon flights. 


Trek Notes


Although a relatively short trek, the Ningaloo Reef & Range Overnight Trek does at times involve negotiating steep rocky gullies and rough, uneven ground; packs can weigh up to 15 kg. As you begin the trek to the top of the range in the late morning/early afternoon, daytime temperatures at certain times of the year can reach above 30°C.


If you will be hiring the Range Ready equipment package, all you have to do is turn up on the day with the Items listed below in the FAQs in a small soft bag – everything in the "What clothing do I need?" and "What else should I bring?" lists. Please be dressed appropriately, as listed below, and ready to hit the trail.

If You have opted to bring your own equipment, as well as the "What clothing do I need?" and "What else should I bring?" lists, please ensure you have brought everything as recommended in the "Equipment List".


Where we Visit:

  • Cape Range National Park
  • Milyering Visitor Centre 
  • Yardie Creek Gorge
  • Ningaloo coastline & lagoon

Frequently Asked Questions

Light, purpose-made outdoor gear is mainly recommended. The days can be warm, the nights cold and the waters of Ningaloo refreshing however bear in mind that what you bring you will have to carry. If you bring everything on the list below you will have more than enough to ensure a comfortable trekking experience. As with most hiking gear the more you pay the less it will weigh, there is some great gear available out there though don’t get too carried away, cheap light cotton collared shirt bought for $5 at an op shop is more than sufficient. There are also camping and fishing stores in Exmouth that will be more than happy to help you out with clothing and equipment.


Starting from the top down:

  • Hat, wide-brimmed preferable, woolly hat or beanie for nights, Fly head net (optional)

  • Sunglasses, polarised are best for cutting through the glare on the water in order to spot marine life

  • Lightweight long-sleeved collared walking shirt

  • T-shirt short or long-sleeved for camp

  • Light jumper or fleece

  • Lightweight puffer jacket

  • Lightweight walking trousers and/or shorts

  • Socks 2 pair

  • Underwear 2 pair

  • Light footwear for camp, ie Tevas, Crocs, sandshoes etc

  • Swim-wear, a rashy is also recommended

  • Lightweight towel (included on our Range Ready Package)

  • Rain jacket/poncho

  • Boots: Yes, you need good worn-in walking boots that provide you with good ankle support and sturdy soles that will stand up to the sharp limestone of Cape Range.

  • Gaiters: Yes you need gaiters. A lot of our trekking is off track, the spinifex grass is sharp and there’s sand and gravel a plenty, gaiters are a must in this part of Western Australia. Trek Ningaloo can provide gaiters for you to hire separately or they come as part of our Range Ready hire package. (included on our Range Ready Package)

  • Download a full list of what you need to bring here.

  • Toiletries: Personal hygiene and foot care are paramount when on a multi-day trek; chaffing, blisters or gastritis can literally stop you in your tracks and sap morale. The list below will provide you with what I believe to be essential items on any trek.
  • Baby wipes: when freshwater is a valuable commodity, baby wipes provide the perfect adjunct to personal hygiene, great for cleaning your whole body from top to bottom!
  • Talc or anti-fungal powder: used sparingly on every crack and crevice and between the toes this miracle dust helps keep feet dry, and thighs and pits from chaffing.
  • Emollient, i.e. paw-paw cream or Vaseline: provides relief for chaffing thighs and other parts, also great for lips if no chapstick.
  • Sunscreen and chapstick: Your guide will have a plentiful supply of SPF 50 sunscreen, however having your own small tube at hand and chapstick in your pocket will make sure you can reapply your sun protection on the go and protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
  • Hand sanitiser: Essential for hand hygiene in the bush.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: Guarantees that Hollywood smile for your holiday pics.
  • Personal first aid and blister kit: Although a comprehensive first aid and blister kit will be carried by your guide you should have at hand a small first aid and blister kit are available from any pharmacy or camping store or even make your own if you use paracetamol or Ibuprofen for headaches, aches and pains then include some as well.
  • MEDICATIONS: It is your responsibility to ensure you have brought along enough of your prescription medication required for the duration of your trek plus one extra day.  

The following is a list of all equipment required to complete your trek. The “equipment” as listed below will be included with the Range Ready equipment hire package; however, if you will be supplying your own equipment, please ensure you have all items listed. 

  • Backpack 50-70L + waterproof liner
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Sleeping mat Pillow - inflatable, travel or bunched up puffer jacket etc
  • Tent with fly
  • A cooking system with fuel
  • Bowl, cutlery, mug
  • Water bottle/reservoir, water containers 6L in total
  • Head torch + spare batteries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Toilet roll
  • Rubbish bags-large zip locks
  • Hiking seat or mat (optional)
  • Trekking poles (optional)

The Ningaloo Reef & Range Overnight Trek will see you walking approximately 7 km on day 1 and around 8 km on day 2. Bear in mind that parts of this will be over rough, uneven ground and will involve negotiating occasional steep rocky gullies. Your guide will be mindful of the group’s experience and fitness levels and will at all times put your safety first and ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy the trek and take in the views at a leisurely pace.

Yes, It is recommended that you train before commencing any trek. Whichever trek you have chosen, it will be more enjoyable if you’re well prepared. You don't want to find yourself reaching the top of that steep canyon and be bent over gasping for breath when you should be admiring the fantastic view with your fellow trekkers. What’s the best preparation for your trek? Get Trek-fit. Getting trek-fit will increase your enjoyment when you’re on your trek and help prevent injury. Plus, training for your trek is a great way to improve your overall health and well-being. A regular 1 - 2hr stroll is not enough to prepare you for 6-7 hours on the trail. Your training should start several months before your trek. Before starting any training program, you should consult your Doctor.

Yes. The crew can provide you with all quality equipment needed for your trek, our Range Ready equipment hire package includes everything you need to complete your trek in comfort. If you have your own equipment that’s great, however, please take the time to go over our Equipment List to ensure you have everything you need for your Trek.

As you must carry what you eat we try to pack light meals. That is, main meals will consist of lightweight, specially made and packaged dehydrated meals that are both nutritious and quick to prepare after a long day on the trail, and as all you have to do is add water to the pack, there's no washing up!


Breakfast usually consists of overnight oats/muesli, and we always try to have a freshly prepared wrap for lunch made up with fresh veggies, meats, and cheese, on top of that there will be fresh fruit, muesli bars, nuts and raisins to keep you going through the day. The longer treks will also incorporate food & water drops to top up supplies and morale.

Yes, you need good worn-in walking boots that provide you with ankle support and sturdy soles that will stand up to the sharp limestone of Cape Range.

Great! On the rare occasion that it does rain on the Cape you will get to see the country from a totally different perspective than most do. It is expected that all participants will have with them their wet weather gear, otherwise, this may be purchased in Exmouth. Our quality Australian “One Planet” tents can stand up to the harshest of storms to keep you snug as a bug at night, and when the rain has passed, the flysheet can be removed to reveal the sprawling Milky Way overhead. Although we do get rainy days on the Cape it usually comes in showers rather than torrential downpours, these weather events are more typical of the hotter summer months (too hot for trekking) when tropical depressions and cyclones may skirt the region.


Terms & Conditions:
  • It is expected that guests will have a good general level of health, fitness, and agility and be able to carry a pack weighing between 12–17 kg
  • All participants must fill out a Medical History form and bring a copy with them on the day of their trek
  • If required or you are over 60, please also have the Medical Clearance form signed and emailed back to us before the start of your trek
  • The Operator may at its discretion remove a trekker from the tour should their conduct possibly compromise the health and safety of either themselves or the other members of the trek, or whether The Operator considers the trekker physically unable to complete the trek safely
  • The minimum age is 16 years, & anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This itinerary may be subject to change due to natural events and upon instruction from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) due to Park management restrictions
Cancellation Policy:
  • Booking cancelled more than 45 days before the scheduled trek departure date, received by The Operator in writing – full refund, less booking fees
  • Booking cancelled between 14 and 45 days before scheduled trek departure date, received by The Operator in writing – full refund, less deposit and booking fees
  • Booking cancelled less than 14 days before the scheduled trek departure date, received by The Operator in writing – no part of monies paid will be refunded
  • No-shows – no part of monies paid will be refunded
  • Covid cancellation policy. Any booking cancelled due to COVID related government restrictions beyond the customer's control, received by The Operator in writing within 24 hours of restrictions being announced, will be eligible for a full refund minus any booking fees paid

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