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WHAT TO DO
The unique natural setting of this 3000ha
national park is replete with sights and
activities. It’s home to the historic Tudor-style
Yanchep Inn, which serves generous portions
of pub food all day, and McNess House – the
visitor centre where you can book tours around
the region and buy locally made gifts and
wares. The iconic Crystal Cave, one of just 600
caves in the park, is a treat for visitors of all
ages, as is the koala boardwalk where you can
get up close and personal with a cuddly native.
Walking trails, a nine-hole golf course, and
Indigenous interaction and cultural activities
round out the park’s generous offerings.
Catch your dinner
With such an expansive coastline, it would be
criminal not to try your hand at fishing. The
coastal towns each boast long and prosperous
fishing histories, so fall in with the locals and
head to the reefs around Lancelin and Ledge
Point for the best chance of catching some
herring, whiting and tailor.
Sample the wares
A healthy smattering of wineries in the region
makes for some tasty tipples, with the Chittering
Valley and Bindoon Trails the most popular. The
rich soil and Mediterranean climate yield some
great shiraz, chardonnay and viognier.
For close-up viewing of the
moon and its many craters
(and possibly a UFO or two),
join Gingin Observatory
in this night of spectacular
moon- and stargazing.
See what you can spot
straight overhead in the
sky! There are early night
and late night sessions
April 20 and 27, May 4,
Take the kids up to Yanchep
National Park over the
school holidays and visit
the Exploration Centre at
the Wangi Mia to see the
explorative ‘touch area’,
including skins, skeletons,
bugs, Aboriginal tools
and weapons, plants and
more. While you’re there,
make sure to check out the
Nearer to Nature program
April 20–May 5, Yanchep
ATLANTIS RISING –
Remember the Atlantis
Marine Park in Two Rocks?
Still have souvenirs, photos
or pamphlets from the
park? This event invites
members of the public to
share their memorabilia and
experiences of the park, and
to see old slides and short
films of the history of the
park and Perth.
April 21, Wanneroo Library
and Cultural Centre.
GINGIN LOVE AFFAIR
The Gingin Love Affair is a
new event for 2013. It will
incorporate a high tea, and
showcase a variety of health
and wellbeing operators and
stall holders for a full day of
April 28, Granville
The annual Gingin British
Car Day is now under the
umbrella of the Gingin
Coast Tourism Association
in co-operation with the
event organiser Robert
Brodie Hall. There will be
a plethora of vintage cars
from many decades, a huge
choice of stalls, and fun and
entertainment to be had for
the whole family.
May 19, Granville
Take yourselves off-road
The North Coast has some of the best areas for
off-roading, with routes for 4WDs, trail bikes,
dune buggies and motorbikes. Take to the
Lancelin sand dunes, located between Ledge
Point Road and Lancelin Road, for unregulated,
Dive the wrecks
There are 15 dive sites scattered up and
down the North Coast, each with their own
fascinating tale and exploration opportunities.
For those who aren’t into scuba-diving, the
appropriately named Wreck Point, just south of
Moore River, is where the rare wooden-hulled
wreck of the Alex T. Brown rests on the beach.
It’s only exposed when good northwesterly
gales come along, so be prepared for it to get a
little blustery. North of Moore River lies the Ville
de Rouen, 5km off the coast and atop a reef.
One of the largest wrecks, and Australia’s first
ever underwater archaeological excavation site,
is the Vergulde Draeck, which is just off Ledge
Point, also surrounded by reef.
McNess House, Yanchep.
Fishing at Lancelin Jetty
(photography Kay Cipher).
Wedge Island camping
(photography Jess W).
Enjoying the outdoors at
Yanchep National Park.
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