With its lush wetlands, limestone caves and wildflower-filled plains, Yanchep National Park makes an attractive retreat from nearby Perth, and at less than an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a popular choice for a day trip. Established in 1957, Yanchep is one of Western Australia’s oldest National parks, centered around the glistening Loch Mcness Lake and offering over 45km of hiking trails.
Yanchep National Park is also renowned for its wildlife, with ample bird-watching possibilities, free roaming kangaroos and a 240-metre koala boardwalk, where the park’s sizable population of koalas can be spotted in their natural habitat. Additional highlights include the Wangi Mia Meeting Place, where visitors can learn about and experience the park’s Aboriginal heritage, and a series of limestone caves, most notably the Crystal Cave, named for its majestic stalactites and stalagmites, and the Cabaret Cave. There’s also a golf course, boating lake and the Chocolate Drops Tea Rooms.
Yanchep National Park is located around 50km north of Perth.