There is an encounter with nature for everyone at Walyunga National Park located in the Darling Range.
Just 40kms form Perth, with a drive through the picturesque Swan Valley that has you at the national park in an hour. Autumn, winter and spring are the ideal visiting times to the park. Be captivated, amazed and consumed by nature as you roam through the national park, breathing in the fresh air and sensing a feeling of freedom.
Enjoy a lunch in the well established picnic area while the Avon River flows by. Free bbqs, picnic tables/seating and grassed areas are available. Alternately stop along the walking trails and boil the billy.
Choose from the many walks that meander through the national park.
There is a walk to suit all levels of fitness ranging from an easy 1km through to a more challenging 11km over rough terrain.
Information boards are scattered along the trails with direction markers placed at intervals along the way.
If you are up for the more challenging walks and enjoy a bit of a climb then you will be treated to amazing views of Perth city, the coastal dunes and the valleys within the park.
From Walyunga Pool a stroll to Bells Rapid following the Pilgrim Trail marker meanders along the banks of the Avon River.
Great views of Bells Rapids can be experienced from the bridge.
Syds Rapids is another feature of the park not to be missed.
If bird watching is your interest then you are in for a treat with many birds hovering around the picnic area.
Especially during springtime the park pops with vibrant colours of spring flowers and wattle.
Outcrops of rock formations can be seen throughout the park especially on the longer walks.
The adventure of canoeing can be a thrill on the fast flowing Avon River, especially after the rain. The Avon Descent is an annual white water canoe event that is hosted in the area.
The park is open between 8am and 5pm with a ranger on duty. A per car entry fee is required. For further information google http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Until next yarn, happy hiking