Yanchep Things to Do

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    DO ONE OF THE NINE WALKS

    by balhannah Written Mar 3, 2015

    Yanchep National Park has 9 walking trails to choose from which take you through the park. What I like, is they are made so everybody can do at least one, from the very young to the elderly, from the unfit to extremely fit, you will find one that suits you.
    The shortest is 500m, the longest 46.2 kms.

    Trails take you to different areas, beside the lake, through the woodlands, where wildlife and wildflowers are found.

    Usually, I would do a few of these trails, on a wet day, I only did the wildflower walk which was great. In September, many shrubs and trees were in flower, each had a name beside them, very helpful! This is a short, flat and easy walk to do. Take pen & notebook to write names of plants to match the wildflowers you have photos of! I didn't :(

    Photos are what I saw on the wildflower walk

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    LOCH MCNESS

    by balhannah Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    Loch McNess (once named Yanchep Lake) is a freshwater lake, one of a chain of lakes in Yanchep National Park.
    This lake is an important part of Aboriginal tradition. The Aboriginal myth is "the lake is inhabited by a Waugal (rainbow serpent) and the activities of the Waugal ensure that the springs that feed the lake continue to flow."
    The Aboriginal people used to dig out the tubers of the bulrush from Lake and eat it them, hence the name "Yanchep Lake", means 'place of the bulrush'.

    There is Wetlands trail to follow all around the lake, where you see Bulrushes and waterbirds including grebes, swans, pelicans, cormorants, egrets and Kingfishers, and birds in the surrounding bush, parrots, wrens and honeyeaters, to name a few. Western grey kangaroos are commonly seen on the walk trails. It's a flat trail, so easy walking, expected to take 45 mins return to do the 2 km. On a fine day, I would have done it, no good getting wet and catching a cold, meaning I didn't do the trail.

    Row-boats are available for hire on the lake

    Loch McNess
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    WALK THE KOALA BOARDWALK

    by balhannah Written Mar 3, 2015

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    To see the Koalas, I walked along a specially built 240-metre long boardwalk. The Koala is one of Australia's favourite native animals and a favourite with overseas visitors too!

    Koalas are not native to Western Australia.

    This colony of koalas were originally brought to the Perth Zoo from Victoria, how-ever, they couldn't find enough food to feed them, so they were re-located to Yanchep in 1938. The National Park planted thousands of eucalypt trees to provide the koalas with suitable food. A new colony of koalas was established at Yanchep in 1948. Unfortunately, the horrible disease, (Clamydia), which decimated the Koalas in the Eastern states, found its way here, therefore the Koalas became infertile. In 1992, a number of koalas were brought from Kangaroo Island, in South Australia to here, to establish a disease-free colony. This has worked and they have been breeding since 1994.

    As Koalas are nocturnal, you will probably only see them curled up in a ball asleep, that is, unless they are moving to another tree for a nap. I didn't see any on the move, didn't matter to me though, as I have seen dozens. There were a few here, but it was really hard to get a decent photograph!

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    PICNICS & KANGAROO'S

    by balhannah Written Mar 3, 2015

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    I can understand Yanchep being such a popular park with families, as there is an enormous lawned area where games of cricket and other ball games can easily be played. For the hot summer days, many lovely, twisted old Gum trees line the edges of the lake, there are plenty of picnic tables and FREE bbq facilities overlooking the Lake or set in amongst the Banksias. Free Toilets are a short walk away. It has everything you need to have an enjoyable day!

    The park is full of Grey Kangaroo's that are quite used to humans, this gives plenty of photo opportunities. It's a great spot to come if your from overseas to see the Kangaroos in the wild.
    Don't feed them though - They are wild!

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    MCNESS HOUSE TOURIST INFO & GIFT SHOP

    by balhannah Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    With Umbrella up, I quickly made my way along the paved pathway to where Ness house was located. I was glad I had my walking shoes on which had plenty of grip on the slippery surface!

    Ness House was a sturdy stone building, built in the 1880s as a two-room stone hut, and then later converted into hostel accommodation in 1932. Thank-goodness it had a good porch area where we could wait in the dry until the rain eased.

    Inside was a good display of Australian souvenirs, handicrafts and gifts, also information on Yanchep and the surrounding area.
    It's here you book for the Crystal Cave, a limestone cave with many formations of stalagmites, helictites, columns and shawls.

    On bad weather days, like I struck, the tours do not run.

    Tours take 45mins and are at these times....
    10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. of the cave
    You need to book a tour at least fifteen minutes before it commences to avoid disappointment.

    Another tour is the Aboriginal Experience tour.
    This is another 45 minute tour where you will learn about Aborignal culture, experience didgeridoo playing, spear throwing and find out the significance of plants and animals to the Aboriginals.

    An Aboriginal guide takes the tour on Saturday and Sundays and public holidays at 2pm and 3pm

    Visitor centre is Open between 9am and 4pm daily

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    ENTRY TO YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK

    by balhannah Written Mar 3, 2015

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    Yanchep National park is located 50kms north of Perth. By car, follow Wanneroo Road from Perth and you will find the signposted entrance to the Park on your left.
    When you drive in, you will be stopped at an Entrance Gate, where you have to pay the park fee before entering.

    Day entry passes can be purchased at the gate.
    The fee is per car......
    Motorcycle $6
    Vehicle with 12 or fewer occupants $12
    More than one park may be visited in the same day with a single day entry pass.

    We already had our pass, so the Ranger gave us a brochure of the Park and told us where we could park. The bitumen road led us to one of the many large car-parks which was nearly empty on a wet day. We found a Toilet block which was very clean, then were ready to have a look at the Park.

    Coming from Perth using Public transport.

    Catch the train at Perth Central to Clarkson Station where you can hop on a Bus which will take you to Yanchep where you disembark at the second bus stop 700 metres from Wanneroo Road, along Yanchep Beach Road. Cross the road and walk north into the park via the Yaberoo Budjara
    Walk Trail (orange makers).

    www.transperth.wa.gov.au for a detailed timetable

    There are tours that come to Yanchep National Park

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    Visit the National Park

    by stevemt Written Sep 16, 2013

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    The Yanchep national park is certainly worth a visit.

    It is popular for weddings and very easy to see why.

    The grounds are spacious, many nature walks, the odd different sculpture, a nice lake, wild flowers in season and much much more.

    Picnic spots are available.

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    Koalas at Yanchep National Park

    by aussirose Written Jan 25, 2013

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    You don't have to pay big money to see Australia Animals in their natural habitat. All you need to do is read and save tips like this.

    Yanchep National Park, just 1hr drive north of Perth is the place to go to get close up and personal with Australian animals and plants. The Koalas here are well looked after and a pleasure to view and take pictures of as you walk around the meandering board walk in the Eucalypt forrest at Yanchep National Park. And it's all free!

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    Yanchep Tea Room

    by aussirose Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    If you forget to bring your lunch, or like us decided to go on the spur of the moment, then I recommend a visit to the Cafe on site.

    The food is good old country. I had the pumpkin soup and home made bread and totally enjoyed it. The Cafe is also great for Devonshire Tea and they have an array of home made Chocolate to die for!!

    And tell you a secret.......I reckon I know why so many kangaroos turned up. Yep, they turned up to meet the celeb!

    Apparently the famous Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe just ate at the cafe before we arrived...and he was sitting on the very chair Alli occupied! Fancy that?!!

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    Hire a boat at Yanchep National Park

    by aussirose Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Besides bushwalking, picnics and bbq's which are free, there's lot's of other activities to do here.

    Boating, caves, koala viewing and aboriginal dance show to name a few. These all come at various prices. Book and pay at the gift shop.

    To get into the park it costs a little over $10AU per car then the rest is up to you.

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    Picnic at Yanchep National Park

    by aussirose Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    This place is wonderful for a picnic. Nothing like bringing fresh bread rolls, cold meat, cheese, salad stuff, toppings, fruit and a beer or two to wash it down with.

    If you feel like a bbq instead then there are bbq facilites here as well.

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    Bush Walking at Yanchep National Park

    by aussirose Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    If you love a bush walk that is not too strenuous (believe me I wouldn't do it if it was ;o) but still feels like an adventure through the good old Australian scrub, then Yanchep National Park is the place to visit.

    The walk goes right around this lake and takes about 40 minutes to complete at a nice easy pace.

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    Have a roadie for the trip

    by aussirose Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    As our good old Aussie TV Mate Russell Coit always says, 'Mate, you've gotta have a roadie for the trip!' (Or one for the road).

    So on Monday morning after the big Perth vt meet hubby and I, Adelaidean and her hubby Bob, and allikat all piled into the car with a roadie for the trip to Yanchep.

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    Koalas Are Nocturnal

    by Mikebb Written Mar 3, 2009

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    During the heat of the day the Koalas usually find a high branch in a gum tree and dose through the day. The day we visited Yanchep we saw some moving, however it was to get to a higher branch where they feel they will be safer.

    They feed at night when it is cooler and this also helps safeguard them from predators such as eagles and dingos.

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    Native Grass Trees

    by Mikebb Written Mar 3, 2009

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    These are very good looking native plants, now called Grass Trees but formerly called Blackboys as when they grow larger they show a large black trunk. When people are lost they sometimes use these trees for shelter as you can climb under the thick cover of leaves and shelter from the sun or rain.

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