Yanchep National Park has re-opened following the bushfires in December 2019
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife staff, the City of Wanneroo, community and business groups ensured the park was back into operation as quickly as possible.
Parks and Visitor Services Regional Leader Ewen MacGregor said "The koalas are one of the key attractions in the park and our most frequently asked question following the fire has been how are the koalas? During the fire, rangers visited the koalas daily ensuring they had fresh water and food and they all survived the bushfire".
In addition, the Yanchep Inn, Chocolate Drops Café, Trees Adventure ropes course, the golf course and camp site are open as normal. All of the other daily park activities including Crystal Cave & Cultural Tours and the West Coast heli-scene helicopter rides who operate on Sundays are back in operation.
Although three walk trails on the western edge of the park have been closed due to damage there are still six walk trails in the park that are open for use. Ewen said "The wildlife have returned, with birdlife on the lake and the local western grey kangaroos in abundance. The free barbecue and picnic tables beside the lake are also available for use – and we look forward to warmly welcoming back our park visitors."
Yanchep could be a safe haven for other koalas
On Monday, February 24 Yanchep News Online sat down with Yanchep National Park acting senior ranger Pip Carboon who was responsible for helping to clear the park and secure the koalas in their enclosure when the 2019 bushfires. The park not only managed to keep its small colony of koalas safe, but is also open to playing a role in the rehabilitation of some of those affected by the fires over east. Read this full article here.
About Yanchep National Park
Experience a true Aussie environment in your local national park. Visitors can experience Aboriginal culture (subject to availability), participate in a cave tour and admire heritage architecture, Australian flora and fauna including kangaroos and koalas, walk along the park's trails, enjoy a picnic in the natural surrounds or dine at one of the park's dining facilities.
Crystal Cave is open daily for tours and the park offers a choice of interesting walk trails. See collapsed cave systems, gorges, coastal wetlands, or haunted historic remains. Choose a walk trail to suit your fitness level and time frame.
For a unique experience, book your special occasion at Cabaret Cave, Perth's only cave for hire. This purpose-modified natural cave is visually amazing, acoustically sensational and naturally air-conditioned. Cabaret Cave has been used for functions since the 1930s, and caters to up to 200 people or if you are just looking for a meeting area Gloucester Lodge ballroom is now available for hire after recently being renovated.
If looking at an extended stay, take advantage of Yanchep Inn's luxury accommodation and get an after-dark view of some of Australia's amazing fauna. For more information about the park and it's attractions visit https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/yanchep.