Nestled between a frequently travelled highway and the Indian Ocean, just south of Mandurah, lies a series of lakes and reserves that together make up the largest national park on the Swan Coastal Plain.
Lakes and bird life
Yalgorup National Park stretches from just south of Mandurah to north of Myalup and covers an area of 12,888 hectares, including ten magnificent lakes. It protects a wetland system that has achieved international recognition as an important area for migratory waterbirds, and it supports several threatened plant and animal species.
Tread the boards
The park’s crowning glories are the Lake Clifton Thrombolites, which can be viewed on a boardwalk. This is one of few places in Western Australia where these communities survive.
Walks in the woodlands
Spring and autumn are particularly good times to explore Yalgorup National Park. There are nature walks suitable for most ages and fitness levels at Lake Preston, Lake Clifton, Heathlands, Martins Tank Campground and Lake Pollard.
Picnicking and camping
Nearby Martins Tank Campground has gas barbecue facilities and picnic tables. Many park visitors stay at nearby Preston Beach, just outside the park’s boundaries.
Lake Clifton is 25km south of Mandurah along Old Coast Road.
Martins Tank Campground and the other recreation areas are 50km south of Mandurah via Forrest Highway and Preston Beach Road.
There is no access to the lakes in Yalgorup National Park for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating or fishing. The lake shore environment is fragile. Contact with the water and consumption of fish or shellfish from the lakes can be hazardous to health.
The nearest and most accessible spot for swimming and fishing is Preston Beach.