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About Cockatoo Walk Trail, Yanchep NP
The trail, marked with posts bearing the cockatoo symbol, departs from the McNess Visitor Centre. Several kilometres after it crosses Wanneroo Road, it forks and forms a circular route, connecting with the Coastal Plain Trail for about 5km. The trail is through coastal vegetation, with little tree cover, so is not suited to summer walking. The track can also become sandy underfoot. During spring the wildflowers are spectacular.
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What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsTake ample water with you. Do not rely on water tanks for water.
Mc Ness House, Yanchep National Park, 50km (one hour) north of Perth
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
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Hazards & WarningsNot suitable for summer walking
FacilitiesThese facilities are in Yanchep National Park at the start of the walk.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
May to September
National Park fees
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Brett Michaels rated Cockatoo Walk Trail, Yanchep NP a 1 out of 5
What did we see? Well we saw 2 birds, a dishwasher, one kangaroo (who appeared to be thinking "what are these two doing out here) about 30 big juicy spiders hanging in their huge webs covering the track, a dead lizard and a dead spider. If wildlife wasn't out there we were surely wondering what we were doing out there. Ultimately we were very grateful for the hike as it was 17kms of exercise and we took away quite a few jokes and memories that will stick with us for years to come.
Luckily, we didn't pay the $13 to park our car in the national park area. We parked elsewhere and walked to the start of the track. Whoever maintains the track, I am glad I kept my $13, you've done a terrible job at maintaining the track.
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Smokebush covers the plains in springSmokebush covers the plains in spring
One sided bottlebrushOne sided bottlebrush
Coastal wildflowersCoastal wildflowers
Kangaroos near start of walkKangaroos near start of walk
Enamel OrchidEnamel Orchid
Loch McNessLoch McNess
Cockatoo trail near intersection with Coastal Plains trailCockatoo trail near intersection with Coastal Plains trail
Intersection with Coastal Plains TrailIntersection with Coastal Plains Trail
Ridge's HutRidge's Hut
Around Ridge's hutAround Ridge's hut
Ridge's CampsiteRidge's Campsite
View from Ridge's HutView from Ridge's Hut
Carnaby's Black CockatooCarnaby's Black Cockatoo
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