Yanchep National Park is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s a beautiful setting, so peaceful and abundant with wildlife. The park is home to many different water and bush birds including grebes, swans, pelicans, cormorants, egrets, kingfishers, parrots, wrens and honeyeaters It’s a great place for families to enjoy a picnic or a BBQ.
There is so much to do at Yanchep National Park. Daily activities available to park visitors include tours through the underground world of the Crystal Cave, a tour of the park’s wetland area Loch McNess and an entertaining Aboriginal cultural experience and Didgeridoo and Dance held on weekends and public holidays. They also run various low cost activities for school aged children during the school holidays. For full details of all of the numerous activities on offer visit their website www.dec.wa.gov.au.
Here’s my highlights of some the great things on offer.
Yanchep National Park is famous for it’s resident Grey Kangaroos. You are normally guaranteed to see them early morning or late in the afternoon although we have spotted a few during the middle of the day too.
No visit to Yanchep National Park is complete without a visit to its Koala Boardwalk – a 240 metre wooden boardwalk where you can view several native Koala’s hiding out in the trees. On my last visit I noticed that they have constructed an area with the Koala enclosure where they now give a free talk on the animals daily at 3.15pm.
If you enjoy walking the park has nine walk trails which are designed to suit a variety of ages groups, interests and fitness abilities. They range from short trails of 500 metres to more challenging trails of 55 kilometres. One of the popular trails is The Ghost House Walk – I don’t know what it entails but I’d definitely like to give that one a go! Information about the walks is available at McNess House Visitor Centre.
Yanchep National Park is home to over 600 Caves! Several of the caves have been open for tourists during the past 70 years. There are daily 45 minute cave tours which cost $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 – 15 years. The tour takes you through the beautiful Crystal Caves.
Many families come to Yanchep National Park to enjoy a picnic or BBQ. There are many free BBQ’s around the park so don’t forget your sausages! Although be wary of the resident Kookaburra’s as have know them to swoop down and steal a sausage or 2!
If you don’t fancy bringing along your own food then there are two great food establishments.
Chocolate Drops Tea Rooms is an traditional tea room serving simple fare, light refreshments and yummy handmade chocolates.
We all indulged in a handmade chocolate frog which come in a variety of flavours and priced at $0.90. They tasted very good!
For a more substantial meal you may wish to head to the heritage listed Tudor style Yanchep Inn.
They have a number of different menus to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Ranging from an al a carte menu with a selection of seafood, steak and pasta dishes to a bar snacks menu which includes burgers, nachos and toasted sandwiches. They also serve an all day breakfast. You can choose to sit in a number of their dining areas ranging from the front veranda, the traditional dining rooms or in the gardens at the rear of the Inn which overlook the lake.
Enjoy your visit to Yanchep National Park – buy a yearly pass, it’s definitely worth it!
Where: Wanneroo Road, Yanchep 6035 – just 45 minutes north of Perth
Cost: $12 a car or $24 for an annual pass which is obtainable from the McNess visitors centre.
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