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Walyunga National Park

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Falls near Syds Rapids

Falls near Syds Rapids

Location / Access

  • Walyunga National Park is located about one hour north of Perth at the end of Walyunga Road off the Great Northern Highway.
  • National Park access fees apply.
  • Note to remember - Try to bring notes for honesty self pay envelopes. We struggled trying to get a fairly large number of coins spread between several envelopes to fit through the posting slot!
  • Being this close to Perth, it makes for a great day trip, or a relaxed overnight, or weekend stay.
Canoeing

Canoeing

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Kayaking

Kayaking

Facilities

  • There are two main parking and picnic areas with toilets, gas barbecues, and picnic tables.
  • Walyunga Pool - I consider this the bigger and better of the two picnic areas. Wheelchair accessible facilities and nice views over the river.
  • Boongerup Pool - Not as easily accessed facilities.

Walyunga Pool

Walyunga Pool

Syds rapids

Syds rapids

Avon River Slalom Course

Avon River Slalom Course

Walks

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Canoeing / Kayaking

  • The Avon Descent runs through here over the first weekend of August, with Syds Rapids being a good spot for spectators.
  • Boongerup Pool is fairly long, with steeper access banks, so we found not quite as good for young kids.
  • A slalom section is located between Boongerup Pool and Walyunga Pool.
  • Walyunga Pool is a smaller pool than Boongerup, but has a more beach like entry which we found great for younger kids.
  • Water levels can vary greatly between summer and winter depending on rains.
  • Watch out for kids when water levels are higher.
Hammock camping

Hammock camping

Breakfast...

Breakfast...

Camping

  • Bookings need to be pre-arranged with the ranger, who will provide access codes to get through the gate to the camping area.
  • The camping area is located off the main road along an unsealed track.
  • Facilities include fire pits, picnic tables and a pit toilet.

Posted by Goannaray 20:21 Archived in Australia Tagged river walk kayaking camping canoeing western_australia avon_river toddlers weekend_toddler_adventures_wa avon_descent nature's_day_trips_from_perth walyunga_national_park perth_surrounds wkend_adventures_perth_region Comments (0)

Lake Leschenaultia

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We've found Lake Leschenaultia to be a great spot for either a day trip, or a camping trip from Perth.

Lake Leschenaultia

Lake Leschenaultia

It's an old railway dam, that is now a recreational lake near Chidlow.

Some of the many things available there are:
- Swimming
- Canoeing
- Camping
- Bush walking
- Bike riding
- Picnicking
- Cafe

Getting warm and enjoying a snack

Getting warm and enjoying a snack

Snack time!

Snack time!

Sandcastles with excavator

Sandcastles with excavator

Buggybuddies Jennie has written a great blog about Lake Leschenaultia, so if you're wanting further information, I recommend you look up or contact the Mundaring Visitor Centre, or read the linked blog.

The kids and I spent an enjoyable, relaxed weekend camping there in October 2015, with one of my sisters joining us for the final day.

Yes, I've got the paddle

Yes, I've got the paddle

Here's the paddle

Here's the paddle

Interesting tree stump

Interesting tree stump

  • The kids highlights of the trip were:

- Kayaking
(Especially being able to paddle the kayak by themselves, thanks to the nice gentle slope of the beach into the lake allowing me to tag along and assist where required)

- Paddling
(Their idea of swimming. My sister and I did take them out to the pontoon once, swimming and carrying/supporting them in their life jackets. It was fun, but considering all of us are hopeless swimmers, we found it rather tiring!)

- Building sandcastles by the water

- Camping

- The toy excavator one of the lake staff gave them to play with

Which way Kaden?

Which way Kaden?

Sonia's turn

Sonia's turn

Back to shore

Back to shore

We didn't walk around the lake on this particular trip, but have done it previously, and found it rather enjoyable. With plenty of interesting things to see and find along the way.

Blue flowers

Blue flowers

Bobtails

Bobtails

Pink/purple flowers

Pink/purple flowers

Dead tree

Dead tree

White flowers

White flowers




Posted by Goannaray 20:40 Archived in Australia Tagged lakes walk kayaking camping canoeing western_australia weekend_toddler_adventures_wa nature's_day_trips_from_perth lake_leschenaultia perth_surrounds wkend_adventures_perth_region Comments (0)

Lane Poole Reserve (2)

Chuditch campground, Canoeing Island Pool to Bob's Crossing


View Wkend Getaway 2 - Lane Poole Reserve (May/June 2015); (Oct 2016) on Goannaray's travel map.

After moving to Collie, Lane Poole Reserve has become one of the main areas for us and family/friends to get out bush and enjoy some 'away' time together. Mainly due to its location (fairly centrally located between all of us), and the varying things available to see and do.

Games while waiting for tea

Games while waiting for tea

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For this trip, due to late confirmation of everyone's availability and weather, the only pre-bookable sites available to us were at the Chudditch campground (decided we'd avoid Nanga Mill on weekends due to crowds). Considering our plans of canoeing for the weekend, this actually turned out really well because of its location, despite the kids wanting their last campfire for the season, and fires not being allowed at the Chudditch campground. (Toasted marshmallows on the gas stove will suffice if they have to!).

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Considering myself and one of my sisters were pregnant, and unable to now physically fit ourselves plus a kid or two into the kayaks we have... we decided we'd utilise the services of Dwellingup Adventures, and hire some canoes for a day trip. We found Dwellingup Adventures to be amazing to deal with. Extremely helpful and accommodating. We decided we'd purposely do a shorter trip (maps and info) so we could take it easy, have fun, enjoy the trip, and relax. So instead of going from Island Pool all the way through to Baden Powell, we requested for the canoes to be dropped off at Island Pool, and picked up at Bob's Crossing (map). This worked extremely well for us. I don't think either us, or the kids would have enjoyed it nearly as much if we'd tried to do the whole length through to Baden Powell.

Ready to go

Ready to go

Snack time

Snack time

After growing up and canoeing on faster parts of the Avon River, my sisters and I found the section that we'd chosen to canoe fairly flat and slow. Perfect for introducing two kids to canoeing when you're pregnant! Due to the water levels at the time, and the extra weight of pregnancy, there were a few sections that required at least one of us to get out of the canoes to assist over rocks or logs. We also found that one of the canoes we'd been given had a small leak, requiring an occasional stop to empty it out. Otherwise all good, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Steps...

Steps...

Leaky canoe...

Leaky canoe...

Recommendations for next time... Remember the sunscreen!!! I'd forgotten that I'd removed the sunscreen from my vehicle's glove box after discovering it'd leaked everywhere several weeks prior... and so with everyone else also forgetting to bring some... we covered up as best we could and amazingly didn't get as burnt as I thought we might have.

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Another thing well worth considering if you're hiring canoes, is to hire a dry barrel as well. With kids, canoes, and water (and the occasional small drop over rocks/rapids), having somewhere you can store and keep things dry is greatly appreciated!! We hired one, and were very thankful we had. Otherwise all our snacks, keys, phones... etc. would've been totally soaked by the time we finished.




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Posted by Goannaray 09:58 Archived in Australia Tagged trees river rocks kids camping canoeing western_australia campground weekend_toddler_adventures_wa lane_poole_reserve perth_surrounds wkend_adventures_perth_region Comments (0)

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