Phenomenal is how I would describe Yanchep National Park. With as little as $12.00 for a vehicle entry fee, my children aged 4 and 7 enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the park.
First we visited the koalas. We were informed from the entry station that there were 10 koalas in the gum trees along the 240m boardwalk. Unlike other parks where koalas are visibly positioned in cut branches so visitors can see them straight away, in Yanchep National Park one has to look sharply up the gum trees to spot koalas. This became a koala game quest to my children. I never realized that counting could be so tedious. Within almost an hour, we only counted up to six. We spotted six koalas out of ten. My children wanted to come back another day to find the other four.
Then we strolled along the woodlands walk trail. There are actually nine walk trails in the park ranging from 500m to 55km. We probaby did about a thousand meter walk. We were all fascinated with the breathtaking views. Words are not enough to describe such magic of nature so let me describe with photos.
Then we had our picnic. The picnic spots galore is vast. There are gas barbecues that are free to use. We brought our own food that day, although if we didn't, there is the Chocolate Drops Tea Room where one can get light lunch, refreshment, ice-cream and handmade chocolate.
Yanchep National Park is home to western grey kangaroos. We were informed that kangaroos come out of the hinterlands to graze in the earlier or later time of the day. As it was nearing 5pm, we walked some more to find out if kangaroos were grazing, yet. And yes they were. The children were very excited to see joeys in mommy kangaroos' pouches, too.
There are so much more to explore in Yanchep National Park which we didn't have the chance to do. This include bird watching and exploring cave openings. There are actually 400 caves recorded in the park. Isn't that fascinating!
There are also paid tours for cave expeditions and Aboriginal Experience. Then there is the historic Yanchep Inn which is a heritage-listed inn built in 1936. Oh, and did I mention a golf course?
My family will definitely be back at Yanchep National Park. It's a great experience for tourists and locals alike. Yanchep National Park is about 50 kms. north of Perth. It is open every day from 8:30am - 5pm.