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Yanchep National Park

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by Melanie Shaw (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth.
Published March 10th 2014
Yanchep National Park
Looking for a place to escape the city that's not too far to drive? A place with wildlife, sprawling lawns, walking tracks, natural attractions, food and drink? The official website has all this and more.

Yanchep National park
Yanchep National Park


This is a great place for a picnic with friends. There are picnic tables dotted around the grassed area or plenty of room for picnic blankets. There are free barbecues to use if you want to cook up a storm. Alternatively there's the Yanchep Inn which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. You can sip on a bevvy while the kids ride scooters, bikes or play soccer. If afternoon tea is more your style why not visit Chocolate Drops - a specialty chocolate shop and tearooms. There's also a kiosk that sells take away ice creams and light snacks.

Yanchep National park visitor centre
Visitors' Centre


Between the kiosk and the inn you will find the visitors' centre. Here you will find all the information you need to the many things there are to see and do in and around the park. There are also souvenirs for sale.

If it's wildlife you're interested in then you will find plenty of it here. Right on the lawn there are plenty of native birds and butterflies as well as the western grey kangaroos that are abundant early and late in the day.

Yanchep kookaburra
Friendly kookaburra


A short stroll from the kiosk will take you to the koala viewing area. Koalas have been living here since 1944 when they moved from Perth Zoo. If you want to find out more about koalas' habits you can attend a daily talk by staff at 3:15pm on the boardwalk.

Yanchep National park koalas
Sleepy koala


If animals are not really your thing there are many other activities and events held in the park. You can visit one of the caves, take a walk on one of the designated trails or, on the weekend, attend a 45 minute "Aboriginal Experience" in the Wangi Mia Meeting Place.

Aboriginal Experience
Meeting place


There is an entry cost to the park of $12 per vehicle. If you purchase an annual parks pass for $88 then you can visit any time (and check out the other parks on the pass too!).

So if you're looking for somewhere to take the kids, meet up with friends, have that family reunion or get together for a barbecue or afternoon tea, why not head up to Yanchep? You'll be glad you did.

Yanchep flora and fauna
In and Around Yanchep
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Why? Picnic, barbecue, meeting friends
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Cost: $12 per vehicle
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