Waychinicup National Park

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Waychinicup National Park

Waychinicup National Park is a popular spot for fish­ing, canoe­ing and swimm­ing and is ex­tremely scenic, with un­usual granite rock form­ations.

While the tumbled granite form­ations found along both sides of the Waychinicup River inlet and along the coast make for great scen­ery, the park also offers flora that is possibly the most diverse in West­ern Australia.

Waychinicup is awash with colour­ful wildflowers during the spring from mid­-August to mid­-November. Whales can occa­sion­ally be spot­ted from the shore between June and Dec­ember.

Campground facili­ties include a shaded camp­ing area, gas barbeques and to­ilet block. Spaces are limi­ted, however, and these are small and not suit­able for caravans or trailers.

Drink­ing water is not avail­able at the campground, so bring a supply with you. To pro­tect the rare flora at the loca­tion, campfires are not per­mit­ted at any time. Com­fort­able acc­ommoda­tion is also avail­able at the nearby Cheyne Beach Caravan Park, just out­side the park.

Waychinicup Park can be ex­tremely hot from November to April, so wear sun pro­tec­tion and be aware of the risk of forest fires. Occa­sion­ally, some roads and recrea­tion sites may be temp­orar­ily closed with­out notice. Winter can be cold at night as this is when the region ex­peri­ences most of its rainfall.

The gravel road off Cheyne Beach Road is suit­able for two-wheel drives when dry, but can become flooded in winter and acc­ess­ible only by four-wheel drive. Take care as the road can be narrow and has speed humps for water drain­age.

Waychinicup, popular for fish­ing, canoe­ing and swimm­ing, is awash with wildflowers during the spring.

The name Waychinicup is derived from Nyoongar words for 'place of the emu', first appear­ing on maps in 1877. The park ex­tends from Normans Beach and the Waychinicup River mouth to Cheynes Beach.

Com­mercial operators pro­vide a range of nature and sightsee­ing tours to the area.

Article updated 23/06/2017.