Situated on the outskirts of Yanchep is the beautiful Yanchep National Park, one of many in Western Australia. It is set around a large lake and is home to an abundance of wild grey kangaroos which can be spotted during the cooler parts of the day or resting in the shade when it’s too hot.
The park has nine walk trails designed to suit a variety of age groups, interests and fitness abilities. They range from short trails of 500m to challenging trails up to 46.2km. Each trail has been selected to showcase the unique biodiversity of the northern Swan Coastal Plain. Be aware the tracks are often sandy so don’t wear open shoes, closed shoes are most suitable even for the shorter tracks. One of the trails is the Ghost House Ruins trail – where you can see the ruins of an old house dating back to the early part of last century.
There is a special koala walkway built in 1938 with many koalas in the gum trees to spot. It is beautifully designed and gives you a great opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures.
Over 400 caves have been recorded in the park to date, and you can book a tour of some of them to get the full experience. These are at specific times each day so make sure you book when you arrive at the park for the time you want.
There are a number of food outlets in the park, one being the historic Yanchep Inn. It is a heritage listed building dating back to 1936, so pretty old for Perth! It is similar to an English pub and even serves roast dinners on Sundays. They have a large indoor area, a big beer garden overlooking the lake and a beautiful wrap around veranda which reminded me very much of South Africa.
There is also a tearoom serving sandwiches, muffins and other treats, called Chocolate Drops Kiosk. They are also a specialist chocolate shop and have some lovely chocolates to buy as gifts or to spoil yourself. You can buy any Australian animal in chocolate, from kookaburras to kangaroos.
Entry to the park is charged per car up to 12 occupants, and is $12 per vehicle per day. You can however buy an annual pass for the park which costs $20, so two visits and you have made your money back. There are also passes you can buy which gives you entry to all national parks in WA and this costs $88, which is great value if you are going to be doing some travelling around the state, and includes the Pinnacles.
The park is open everyday of the year, including Christmas Day and has free bbqs and lots of great picnic spots but do be aware there can be a fair bit of kangaroo droppings around.
Overall its a lovely historic place to visit in Perth and enjoy some R&R.