Jandakot Regional Park includes a fragmented mosaic of small to large reserves that together cover almost 3000ha of land. Although surrounded by suburban developments and rural lots, the park supports diverse plant and animal communities.
The vegetation communities vary from reserve to reserve, although the predominant type is banksia woodland, populated with the firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii), candle banksia (Banksia attenuata) and holly leaf banksia (Banksia ilicifolia). There are many small wetlands which are fed from the Jandakot Mound, a huge underground reservoir of water. These wetlands are dominated by the water loving paperbarks. While all the reserves have a good range of flora, the best is perhaps the Anstey-Keane Reserve. This section of the park contains more than 400 species of plant, including the endemic swamp cypress (Actinostrobus pyramidalis), a small conifer. The best time to walk these reserves is August through November when the wildflowers are at their peak, but keep your eyes peeled and you will see interesting flora any time of the year.
The best way to get up close to the flora of Jandakot Regional Park is to walk amongst it. Numerous bridle trails meander through the parks, but take care when walking as you will be sharing the paths with horses. Entering the reserves can be difficult, but both Denis De Young and Modong reserves have multiple entry points. For more information visit TrailsWA.
Theft has been known to take place in this area, so make sure valuables are out of sight when leaving your car.
Jandakot Regional Park is approximately a 40 minute drive from the Perth CBD on sealed roads.