Yardie Creek - A Kilometre Long River


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Published: May 17th 2019
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How can you have a kilometre long river? Even more so, a river or creek without a source or a mouth? In this part of the world, Yardie Creek is such a place. A sand bar blocks the creek from the ocean while at the other end, the creek just dies by a pile of rocks in the gorge. There is no natural source such as a spring or lake.

I asked our guide, in light of the year-long hot weather with its high evaporation, why doesn’t the river totally dry up? It turns out that because of the porous limestone sides of the gorge, water does seep through into the river. Also every once in a while, a storm occurs which replenishes some of the water. In fact one storm this year literally dumped anwhole year’s precipitation in a couple of hours.

The gorge has an abundance of wildlife including, wallabies, kangaroos, osprey, wedge-tail eagles, egrets and heron. It is a very peaceful, pristine environment good for kayaking, or for hiking along the top of the gorge.

Yardie Creek is a place not to be missed. It is roughly an hour and a half drive from Exmouth along the western side of the Cape Range National Park.


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