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 at Lake Preston and Martins Tank Lake Campground (which incorporates the Lake Pollard Bird Hide). Both walks can be strolled at a leisurely pace before indulging in a well-earned barbecue or picnic.
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.
Yalgorup is situated 20 km south of mandurah town site along the old coast road and extends to Mylup Beach Rd in the south.