Ghost House Walk Trail: Everything You Need To Know

Ghost House Walk Trail: Everything You Need To Know

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Just north of Perth is one of the more unique national parks we have in Western Australia with an interesting history and some spectacular landscapes.

What Is It?

Yanchep National Park was granted national park status in 1969 after a history of mixed land use ranging from being a recreation area, public gardens, golf course, campsite and for military purposes. Originally this was meant as a place of leisure rather than a place of natural wonder so there are a number of buildings and lawned areas that you wouldn’t normally see in other national parks. This includes a cave that was converted into a function centre in the 1930s (and still runs today) along with a Koala habitat area (they aren’t native to WA), a Lodge and an Inn. Thankfully there have been efforts since the 90s to rehabilitate the area to be more fitting of the national park status with an emphasis on the environment along with an Aboriginal Cultural Experience to highlight the rich diversity that has always existed here.

Where Is It?

Located just under an hour’s drive north of Perth, take the Mitchell Freeway all the way to the current end at Hester Road and turn right. Follow this until you reach Wanneroo Road and turn left, continuing on until you see the signs for the park. Turn left onto the entrance road and follow this all the way into the park, paying the entry fee or flashing your Parks Pass if you’ve already purchased one for the year. The Ghost House Walk Trail starts at the McNess House Visitor Centre but the official trail head is located on the western side of Loch McNess.

What to Do?

The Ghost House Walk Trail is the premier walk trail in Yanchep National Park with the 12.5km loop providing a nice distance to see plenty of the landscape.

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