Fodor's Expert Review Yanchep National Park
Sure, it’s nice to cuddle a koala in an enclosure, but it’s far more exciting to see them in the wild, just above your head. Take the 240-meter (787-foot) Koala Board Walk through native bush with your eyes raised skyward to see one of the state’s largest populations of koalas. Watch for western grey kangaroos on the 2-km (1.2-mile) wetland walking trail around Loch McNess lake and then escape summer’s heat by joining one of several daily underground tours of Crystal Cave (A$10.80 or A$27 for a family pass), where cooling caverns open up to impressive stalactite galleries and clear water pools. The park is also a lovely picnic spot, and there's a pub within the grounds. Yanchep National Park is a 45-minute drive north of Perth and is open every day of the year; book tours and get walk trail information at McNess House Visitor Centre. National park entry is A$12 per vehicle.