Yalgorup National Park

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Yalgorup National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Lake Clifton observation walkway SMC 2008.jpg
Yalgorup National Park observation walkway
Yalgorup National Park is located in Western Australia
Yalgorup National Park
Yalgorup National Park
Nearest town or city Mandurah
Coordinates 32°51′26″S 115°40′19″E / 32.85722°S 115.67194°E / -32.85722; 115.67194Coordinates: 32°51′26″S 115°40′19″E / 32.85722°S 115.67194°E / -32.85722; 115.67194
Established 1966
Area 131.41 km2 (50.7 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Conservation
Website Yalgorup National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Yalgorup National Park is a national park in Western Australia, 105 km south of Perth, and directly south of Mandurah

The park is located on the western edge of the Swan Coastal Plain and contains a chain of about ten lakes, the name rises from the two Noongar words Yalgor meaning lake and up meaning place of.[2]

The area is part of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetland system which is classified as a Ramsar Wetland Site and was added to the List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance in 1990.[3] Some of the lakes that make up the system include Boundary Lake, Swan Pond, Lake Pollard, Lake Yalgorup and Newnham Lake.[4]

Wildlife[edit]

The wetlands of the park have been identified by BirdLife International as the Yalgorup Important Bird Area because of their importance for waterbirds.[5] Lake Clifton and Lake Preston are both situated within the boundaries of the park and are home to a large variety of bird-life. Black swans, kingfishers, grebes, coots, waterfowl and a variety of parrots and a variety of dotterels can be found in and around the lake habitat.[6]

Woodlands and tuart forests are also found within the park and contain fauna including western grey kangaroos, emus, brush wallabys, brush-tailed possums, echidna and bandicoots. The quokka was also once found within the area but have been wiped out by foxes.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. 
  2. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation - Yalgorup National Park". 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar site Management Plan" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Experience Perth - Yalgorup National Park". 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yalgorup. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2011-12-05.
  6. ^ "About Australia - Yalgorup National Park". 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "West Australian Vista - Yalgorup National Park". 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 

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