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Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail, Yanchep NP

Bush Walk

Gravel, Adaptive, E-Bike
inPerth & Surrounds

  • Multiple day
  • 28 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3
    • Mountain Bike More Difficult

This 28 kilometre one way trail is based on the movement of Yellagonga and his people between Lake Joondalup and Yanchep. It can be completed in sections. It extends from Neil Hawkins Park in the south to Yanchep National Park in the north, traversing tuart and banksia woodland, coastal heath and former wetlands.

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Trail Start

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Neil Hawkin's Park, 30km (40minutes) north of Perth

Trail End

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Yanchep National Park, 60km (one hour) north of Perth

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Yellagonga was an Aborigine whose tribe stretched from the Moore River to the Swan River. The Aborigines used the chain of wetlands to move away from the coast in winter, returning to the lakes in summer as the inland water supplies dried up. This route was later used as a stock route by Europeans. Yaberoo Budjara is translated as "the land of the people north of Perth". 

The trail surface has been upgraded to crushed limestone.  It has red markers with a grasstree symbol and can be accessed in sections:

Neil Hawkin's Park to Hester Ave : 10km This land was once part of a stock route. Lake Joondalup (meaning "the lake that glistens") is a large freshwater lake that was well known to the Aborigines as a favoured camping and hunting ground. On the eastern side of the trail paperbark and shoreline vegetation dominate, while on the western side tuart, marri and parrot bush are common. The trail enters Neerabup National Park via old quarry access roads. The top of the ridge provides views to the Indian Ocean. 

Hester Ave to Romeo Road: 6.7km The trail continues in Neerabup National Park through jarrah and sheoak. Then the vegetation changes from low banksia woodland to coastal limestone heath. From the top of the limestone ridge there are 360 degree views.  

Romeo Road to Yanchep National Park: 10.8km The trail continues close to Wanneroo Road and this area has been severely degraded by fire and weed invasion. Then it passes close to Pipidinny Swamp and enters Yanchep National Park. There is a large grove of tuarts to the west. Once in Yanchep National Park, the track meanders near Loch McNess, which was a traditional meeting, corroborree and ritual area. 

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Time / Duration

1 - 2 days


28km one way

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Neil Hawkin's Park, 30km (40minutes) north of Perth

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Trail End

Yanchep National Park, 60km (one hour) north of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

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.

Mountain Bike

More Difficult

Likely to be a single trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with good standard of
fitness using mountain bikes.

Hazards & Warnings

Not suitable for summer walking, no water along route.


All these facilities are only available at Yanchep National Park at one end of the walk. There is no water along the route.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Kiosk
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

May to October


National Park fees

Trail Access

2WD Road

Prohibited Items

No pets
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3 trail goers have rated Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail, Yanchep NP as 4 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

michael bowles

Reviewed 15 Aug 2020, 4:39pm

used the trail for mission training run, 6.30hrs
more like 30 km from neil hawkins to Yanchep Np toilet block
garmin gave 330 m vertical climbed one way its - not flat but nothing onerous, a few short sharp walkers
flowers out

nice variety, escape the car noise, a few MTB all very polite
trail a mix but sections of limestone base with small rocks
no water. join in as burns beach or lighthorse to reduce mileage
Allan Boyd

Reviewed 6 Jul 2019, 6:31pm

5th July 2019 - We started at 8.30am from the Burns Beach Road Entrance. Arrived at Yanchep Inn around 2.30pm. Fairly easy walk. Very well kept limestone path the whole way. Some slightly hilly sections to work out the calves! We kept a pretty solid 5ks an hour pace. Rained for the first two hours! The sections between Hester and Wannerro Road are stunning - in terms of coastal plains fauna. Saw some kangaroos bounding out from the bush a few times. And flocks of White-tailed Black Cockatoos. A pint of cold beer on arrival at the Yanchep Inn was welcome! We stayed overnight at the Inn's accommodation. Good meals and staff. Got an Uber home in the morning. Worth the effort!
Shana Mcdougall

Reviewed 13 Aug 2018, 8:40am

Enjoyable ride to do on a cool day. Views are great, there are a few hills to get your heart rate up and many enjoyable winding trails with the ever so fun down hills. The path is well marked and the track is in good condition.

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