Top Trail: Ghost House Walk Trail, Yanchep NP
The 12.4km loop Ghost House Walk Trail will take most of the day to complete, so make sure you have plenty of water your lunch and snacks. It takes you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural history of the wilderness areas in Yanchep National Park, an hour north of Perth. Along the way you will encounter the sights and sounds of the pristine wetlands and discover the historic remains of the ‘Ghost House’.
About the Trail
Join the trail via the board-walked Wetlands Trail which skirts North Lake and takes you through the wetlands area which is teaming with birdlife. Keep an eye out for the Yanget (bullrush) used by local Noongar people for food.
The Ghost House Walk Trail offers plenty of interest and variety as it passes through tuart forest, banksia woodlands and coastal heath. The trail ends at Cabaret Cave and is a short walk back to the hub of Yanchep where you can stop for a coffee, refreshing drink, or lunch.
One of the drawcards of Yanchep is the koala Boardwalk. Koalas are fussy eaters and only eat certain types of eucalyptus leaves. They are not native to Western Australia and Yanchep is one of the few places you can see them. You'll pass through the koala feed plantation on your way from McNess House to the start of the trail.
Yanchep National Park is a hub of walk trails of varying lengths and difficulty. After completing your walks, why not hire a boat to row over the lake (seasonal), take a guided tour of the caves, visit the koalas or enjoy a barbeque in the park among the kangaroos.