Walyunga National Park is located only a short drive out of Perth and is a great place for a picnic, BBQ, weekend away or for those who feel like doing a bit of hiking. I wasn’t aware that you could camp so close to Perth! In my mind, Walyunga National Park is a bit like a cross between Serpentine and Dwellingup. If you are looking for other places to stay not too far away, check out Camping Near Perth.
Walyunga National Park is where the Avon River meets the Brockman River to form the Swan River. It has a few sections where you can watch the Avon Descent. Canoing down the river is very popular!
There are numerous free gas BBQ’s, plenty of grass and picnic tables to make use of, all overlooking the gorgeous river. You can watch the birds, splash in the water, go for a paddle, and wet a line or all of the above. In my opinion it is one of the better set up National Parks around Perth.
The entry fee per vehicle is $11 to get into Walyunga National Park. If you are camping, this is paid once only. To camp it is $7 per adult, per night. These costs go towards maintaining the National Park (toilets, BBQ’s, walk trails etc). Sure, it’s a shame to have to pay to camp in our own country, but it is a lot better than being locked out of it. There are discounts for other concessions, motorbikes and buses.
Camping at Walyunga
There are 3 campsites at Walyunga National Park. As soon as you drive through the gate to the park, take your left (literally about 10 metres in). The campsites need to be booked, but they are large enough to set your camper trailer or caravan up and all have fire rings. There is a drop toilet (which is one of the best smelling that I have ever come across!) and the gate into the camp ground is locked each night at 5PM. To book your campsite at Walyunga National park, you must speak to the ranger. You can contact them off the DEC website. If you are interested, take a look at Camping Near Perth.
The campsites are located away from the river (and two recreational areas). In a way this is a shame, but it is still great to be able to stay in the National Park.
If you just want to visit for the day, there are two places that you can stop at. The first is Walyunga Pool and has majority of the picnic tables and BBQ’s. The area is grassed, and it overlooks the river. It is well set up and on a busy day would easily cater for many families. The second area is known as Boongarup Pool. You can walk from xxx to xxx via a walk trail that meanders along the river. This takes around 45 minutes, return.
There are several hiking options, ranging from a small 45 minute walk (above) to a 5 hour loop (around 10km). Pick something within your fitness and skill level, and away you go.
Canoeing in the river
As mentioned above, the Avon Descent goes right through this part of the river. Recreational canoers love the river as well though, but you want to pick the seasons depending on how much water is in the river.
Walyunga National park is a great place for a relaxing day, picnic or camping trip. Being so Close to Perth as well makes it a perfect getaway.