Yalgorup National Park and Myalup Pines Cottages – a relaxing botanical, bird-filled weekend with the DRB
25 April, 2:00 pm-28 April, 10:30 am
Why go to Yalgorup NP?
- Unique natural history: It is the largest national park on the Swan Coastal Plain & covers 12,888 hectares, including ten lakes. It protects a wetland system that is so significant for waterbirds it is recognised under the international Ramsar Convention. From about October to April, the lakes provide important habitat for the international shorebirds that migrate from the northern hemisphere including the bar-tailed godwit, red-necked stint, greenshank, red knot, whimbrel and three species of sandpiper. It also supports high numbers of musk ducks and several threatened plant and animal species. The park’s crowning glories are the Lake Clifton Thrombolites, which can be viewed on a boardwalk. They present stunning views and photography opportunities. There is a bird hide on the edge of Lake Pollard. Access is by 2 wheel drive. There are nature walks through the Tuart and Peppermint woodlands suitable for most ages and fitness levels at Lake Preston, Lake Clifton, Heathlands, Martins Tank Campground and Lake Pollard.
- Distance: It does not involve a lot of traveling. Park location: 50 km South of Mandurah 65 km North of Bunbury, so it is not too far for people to travel. It stretches from just south of Mandurah to north of Myalup.
- Atlas details available: There is already a site on the Atlas of Living Australia which lists many of the flora and fauna in the area: https://biocache.ala.org.au/explore/your-area – -32.8159|115.67399999999998|11|ALL_SPECIES
We have the wonderful opportunity to have Diana Papenfus as our leader, she is a very experienced flora and fauna expert, a very experienced guide who guides wildlife tours for a living and is the past Chairperson of the DRB Nats.
Diana has recommended we stay at Myalup Pines Cottages, 365 Forestry Rd, Myalup WA 6220. Located just 150km south of Perth and set in beautiful bushland. The DRB Nats has booked them, so we need you to join us there! There are nature walks to go on there as well, so if you feel like a lazy, relaxing weekend in the bush, or you don’t want to walk far, you can do that too.
NB: We are under pressure to get bookings as an outside party has asked to book some of the cottages and the owners have said we can have until 15th Feb to fill them or two will be given to the others – which is very fair.
- Myalup Pines Cottages are leased from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA – CALM) and run by the Lions. They are former timber workers’ cottages – a bit like staying at an upmarket Dryandra. Diana stayed there recently with a group and said it was excellent; it gets top ratings on Google.
- There is a hall to meet in with a large modern kitchen and large screen TV and an AV system for presentations, so we can all be together in the evenings, show our photographs, compare our sightings, and so on.
- There are 7 cottages, six sleep up to 8 people and one sleeps 12.
- Each cottage has one double bedroom and at least 2 bedrooms with single beds. The cottage that sleeps 12 has a double bedroom and three single bedrooms.
- Each cottage has its own kitchen with fridge, cooker, microwave, crockery and cutlery.
- Each cottage has two toilets, shower and fully stocked kitchen.
- There is wood heating,
- Visitors need only bring their own bed-linen including pillows and bathroom towels and toiletries.
- The village has BBQ facilities, open fire pit, large green areas, bushwalks of various distances and a playground.
- Costs: $100per person for three nights, this covers all your accommodation and the use of the hall, we are thrilled to have found somewhere so lovely and so affordable. This is based on $30 pp per night plus $10 for the hall.
- Four people per cottage is the minimum charge/required.
- There is a four-cottage minimum hire policy in order to hire the hall.
- Preference will be given first those who can come and pay for the three nights. If there are any places left then we will open it to anyone else.
- Bring all your own food
- There is no camping or caravans allowed, and no pets
Ideally, we would all be together at the cottages. However, there is also:
- A campsite within the park at Martins Tank Campground. This is approximately 31km away from the cottages (27 mins).
- A caravan Park at Myalup Beach Caravan Park. This is approximately 11kms away (11 mins) from the cottages.
- Fully licensed brewery and restaurant is 5 mins away from the cottages. Open 11am – 5pm: http://www.ocrb.com.au/
People would still be expected to contribute $10pp to the cost of the hall if they choose not to stay at Myalup.
Wanting to come with us?
THERE IS NO ACCOMMODATION LEFT AT THIS STAGE ALL rooms are booked
There is a waiting list – please fill that in and we will see what we can do to accommodate. If anyone cancels people on the waiting list will be contacted.
We look forward to your joining us – should be a great weekend.
Enquiries or need help filling in the booking form: contact Rachel: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647