Yanchep National Park welcome is a winner

Virgina Chivays, Caroline Muchineripi and Irvine Dahwa talk to Yanchep Park guide Madonna Mulholland.
Yanchep National Park welcome is a winner
Yanchep National Park welcome is a winner
Virgina Chivays, Caroline Muchineripi and Irvine Dahwa talk to Yanchep Park guide Madonna Mulholland.

A GROUP of more than 100 residents of a Yanchep estate were among the high visitor numbers at Yanchep National Park recently.

Park manager Julia Coggins said the WA Day long weekend had been busy, with Yanchep Golf Club celebrating its 50th anniversary and Yanchep Golf Estate holding its first ‘Welcome to the park’ tour.

Ms Coggins said there were another two tours planned as an introduction to the park for people moving into the area.

“Locals do make up the biggest percentage of our visitors to the park,” she said.

“We are always looking for ways to keep them busy in the park.

“We provided a couple of our guides who ended up doing four guided walks (and) pointed out some of the buildings and the history.”

Currently building at the estate, Caroline Muchineripi and her son Anashe Bonzo joined the tour.

“I knew where the park was, but I didn’t know about the history,” she said.

“It was fascinating to hear about all the old buildings, the bus, the communications centre.

“I’d definitely love to go back and see the caves.”

Ms Coggins said guides Yvette Cox and Madonna Mulholland took groups of about 25 people around during the May 30 event, but the park continued to be busy throughout the three-day weekend.

“It was such beautiful weather (and) a fantastic turnout, not just to this event,” she said.

“There was so much happening with families coming in and having picnics.”

The next event in the series will highlight Yanchep’s rich indigenous history with ‘Tales around the campfire’ followed by a third event discovering the caves and wildlife found in the national park.