Walyunga National Park
Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here that the Swan River transforms from a series of pools in summer to a raging torrent in winter; every August, the river’s long stretch of rapids becomes the location for one of Australia’s best whitewater canoeing events, the annual Avon Descent. The park is also signiﬁcant as the site of one of the largest known Aboriginal camping grounds in the Perth region. With a history going back 6000 years, the area was still used by the Nyoongar people up until late last century.
The parkland is made up of heaths, granite outcrops and woodlands. As the valley climbs, vegetation changes from large ﬂooded gum on the banks of the river, through forests of wandoo, marri and powder-bark, to stands of jarrah on the ridge tops. Late winter and early spring is the best time for wildﬂowers. Western grey kangaroos, western brush wallabies, short-beaked echidnas, sacred kingﬁshers, grey fantails, shingleback lizards and carpet pythons inhabit the park.
Activities include canoeing, birdwatching, picnicking and bushwalking. The Aboriginal Heritage Trail (1.2 km return, 45 minutes, easy) gives an insight into local Aboriginal myths and culture; Syd’s Rapids (5.2 km return, 2½ hours, medium difﬁculty), a lovely walk under shady wandoo and ﬂooded gum, leads along the grassy ﬂood plain of the river; Kangaroo Trail (4-km loop, 2 hours, medium difﬁculty) traverses granite outcrops; Kingﬁsher Trail (8.5-km loop, 4 hours, medium difﬁculty) focuses on ﬂora; and Echidna Trail (10.6 km return, 5 hours, difﬁcult) offers panoramic views of the Swan and Avon valleys.
Bush camping only; contact park ranger
Location and access
40 km north of Perth via Great Northern Hwy and Walyunga Rd
- DEC Mundaring (08) 9295 9100
Swan Valley (08) 9379 9400