Yanchep National Park

Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Map showing the location of Yanchep National Park
Map showing the location of Yanchep National Park
Nearest city Perth
Coordinates 31°33′38″S 115°41′27″E / 31.56056°S 115.69083°E / -31.56056; 115.69083Coordinates: 31°33′38″S 115°41′27″E / 31.56056°S 115.69083°E / -31.56056; 115.69083
Area 2,876 ha (7,110 acres)[1]
Established 1957
Governing body Department of Environment and Conservation
Official website

Yanchep is a national park in Western Australia (Australia), 42 kilometres (26 mi) north of Perth. The park is noted for its caves, native bush and koala colonies. It also offers cultural educational programmes offered in partnership with the local Nyoongar aboriginal people.



The area was inhabited and was a noted hunting site for thousands of years by Indigenous Australians prior to the arrival of Europeans. The tribal name for the park is Nyanyi-Yandjip named after the reeds and lake which were thought to resemble the hairy mane of the dreamtime creature the Waugul.

The word Yanchep is derived from Yandjip or Yanget which is the aboriginal name for the local bulrush reed found fringing the lakes in the area.[2]

The first European visitor arrived in 1834 when John Butler, a farmer, came in search of his lost cattle and noted the presence of the lakes, wetlands and plentiful game.[3] While in the area Butler was geeted by the men of the Yellagonga peoples who inhabited the area. Lieutenant George Grey travelled through the area in 1838 and made note of the remarkable caves he found in the area.[4]

Surveyor John Septimus Roe and Governor John Hutt visited the caves in the park in 1841.

A road survey was conducted near Loch McNess in 1862 and later in 1865 a stock route was built through the area that was later used by drovers.

The first settler to arrive in the area was Henry White who arrived in 1901 and built his house near the north west shore of Yonderup Lake, he was later appointed as a caretaker and guide in 1903.

Flora and fauna

Wildflowers in September

The park is home to a diverse rangle of flora and fauna. Trees such as Banksias, Paperbark, Tuart, Marri, Sheoak and stunted Jarrah are found in the woodland areas. Wildflowers including Parrot Bush, Yanchep Rose, Catspaw and Kangaroo paw are also found.[5]

The park provides habitat for several species of native mammal, including the Quenda, Western Grey Kangaroo and Black-glove Wallaby. It lies within the Northern Swan Coastal Plain Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance in supporting several thousand Short-billed Black Cockatoos during the non-breeding season.[6]

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