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About Wetlands Walk Trail, Yanchep NP
The trail takes you through the heart of a coastal wetland, circumnavigating Loch McNess. The walk is completely flat and well signposted so you can’t get lost. There are some nice views across the lake which attracts a lot of birdlife. You can also see the bush tucker Yanget plant (typha) which for which Yanchep is named after.
From the visitor’s centre, head anti-clockwise around the lake. You will find the trail markers not far past the inn where you cross a small boardwalk.
Yanchep National Park is one of Perth's oldest and most popular national parks just 45-minute drive from Perth city.
Other things to do: Check out the koalas, picnic on the lawn, Aboriginal cultural tour, lunch at the tea house, drinks at the Inn.
Other trails include the Ghost House Walk.
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Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
Visitor centre, Yanchep National Park 55km (45 mins) north of Perth.
No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
FacilitiesExperience the hospitality of the historic Yanchep Inn, or tempt your sweet tooth at Chocolate Drops - an award winning chocolate manufacturer.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Child Activities
- Coach Parking
- Parking for Disabled
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Toilet Facilities for Disabled
- Visitor Information Centre
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National Park fees
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View from bridge on the Wetlands walk trailYou can see sedges and other vegetation from the bridge that crosses a stream feeding into Loch McNess.
McNess House Visitor CentreThe trail starts and ends at McNess House Visitor Centre (open from 9.15am-4.30pm). The visitor centre provides tour information such as the Cave tours run five times daily, and retails a great range of handcrafted West Australian and Australian gifts.
Lookout over the LochAbout 30 metres from the start a wooden lookout has been built out over the water. From here you can enjoy lovely views of the lake and its many waterbirds. Ducks that visit the Loch include the musk duck, black duck, the grey teal, the blue-winged shoveller, the white-eyed duck and the blue-billed duck. This bird is an adept diver and is distinguished by its chestnut plumage and bright blue bill.
SedgelandAt the southern edge of the lake, the trail meanders through head-high sedges and rushes. At the water’s edge and sometimes extending across the swamp are pale rush (Juncus pallidus) and many related species with round pithy stems and leaves, together with the coastal sword sedge (Lepidosperma gladiatum), and bulrush (Typha species). These plants are all in the family Cyperaoeae which has 19 species in Yanchep National Park, more than any other plant family.
PaperbarksHeading up the western side of the lake, you pass beneath overhanging paperbarks. You may see lizards, such as the south-western cool skink (Bassiana trilineatum), sunning themselves on limestone rocks. This skink, up to six centimetres long, is greyish-brown, olive or brown with cream and brown striping and has a liking for damp sites around swamps. Seven snakes (including one python), nine skinks, four legless lizards, four geckos and five frogs are known to inhabit the park.
Picnic areas at Yanchep National ParkA picnic area with a barbecue provides a pleasant place to take a break or to have lunch.
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