Walyunga National Park

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Walyunga National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Walyunga National Park is located in Western Australia
Walyunga National Park
Walyunga National Park
Nearest town or city Perth, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°42′22″S 116°05′23″E / 31.70611°S 116.08972°E / -31.70611; 116.08972Coordinates: 31°42′22″S 116°05′23″E / 31.70611°S 116.08972°E / -31.70611; 116.08972
Established 1970 (1970)
Area 1,814 ha (4,480 acres)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Conservation
Website Walyunga National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Walyunga National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 35 km northeast of Perth along the Great Northern Highway.

The park is situated just behind the Darling Scarp in the Darling Range spread over a steeply sided valley. The Swan-Avon River and the Eastern Railway run through the park and the Avon Descent passes through a set of rapids along this section.[2] The area is dominated by granite outcrops along with smaller dolerite areas, the tops of hills are capped with laterite.[3]

The park has barbeque, parking and toilet facilities. Also it is home to many animals such as grey kangaroo, galah, goanna, magpie, gecko and many other wildlife species. Plants include flooded gum, jarrah, petrophile and hakea. Walyunga is a 6000 year old meeting place used by the Noongar people. Currently it is an official protected area. The word Walyunga roughly translates to "Happy Place".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. 
  2. ^ "Walyunga Walk". 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Parks of the Perth Hills - Walyunga National Park". 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011.