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 08/01/2021