Yanchep National Park is one of the State's oldest and most popular national parks, offering a unique Australian experience just 45 minutes from the Perth CBD. It entices people looking to explore its seemingly jewel-encrusted caves, mock Tudor buildings, or picnic on grassy lawns alongside kangaroos and ducks. The park also features a koala boardwalk enabling you to see these delightful creatures up close, Indigenous and cave tours, walk trails, a visitor centre, accommodation and food outlets.
Yanchep has long been used by Aboriginal people, with groups from as far south as the Swan Ricer and as far north as Moore River travelling to the area to share food. They chose here because of the bulrush which grows in the area. This plant would be harvested and pounded into a paste for use as a type of flour. Its Aboriginal name, yanjet, gave rise to the name Yanchep.
You can explore Yanchep National Park in a variety of ways. For a start, try setting out on one of the nine walk trails. These range from a 500 metre return walk through Boomerang Gorge to a 55 kilometre three-day trip. You can also picnic on grass lawns overlooking Loch McNess, follow the wetlands walk trail around the lake, or enjoy a hit of gold where you may spot a western grey kangaroo.
You may also like to learn about Aboriginal culture and history on an Indigenous tour such as the Didgeridoo and Dance Aboriginal experience, or explore the caves on a Crystal Cave tour. You can see koalas on the koala boardwalk and children can participate in any number of popular nature-based activity programs which vary each school holidays. There is also a visitor centre, tea room and inn.