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FULL. 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


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Join us on a wonderful camp and excursion featuring Yalgorup National Park. THIS EXCURSION IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Why go to Yalgorup NP?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. We may also be joined by other leaders.

NEW NEWS! Bonus event: An internationally renowned sculptor, Andrew Kay, a new member of the DRB Nats, has offered to give us a talk on the Thursday evening about his nature inspired bronze sculptures and the process he goes through to create them. He has superb illustrations of his work (some of which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars) and he will show them to us. This is a  first for the DRB Nats.

We will also have a small exhibition of “Art inspired by nature” featuring a maximum of 5 pieces of work by Andrew Kay, Yvonne Kay, Diana Papenfus and Bill FItzgerald – all artists and DRB Nats members. Items will be available for sale – in arrangement with the artists but there is no pressure to buy. We have such talent in our club!

It will not be possible to hang the pictures on the walls so we will be displaying the via Easels and tables. If you have an easel you can bring for the weekend, please bring it and let me know: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


We are staying 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 all. 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.
  • Bring all your own food.
  • There is no camping or caravans allowed, and no pets

We will all be together at the cottages and have the whole village to ourselves – all seven cottages are filled by DRB members staying all 3 nights.

  • There is a Fully licensed brewery and restaurant 5 mins away from the cottages. Open 11am – 5pm: http://www.ocrb.com.au/
  • The crooked carrot cafe is further down the Freeway.

People are still be expected to contribute $10pp to the cost of the hall if they choose not to stay at Myalup. However, the excursion is full and everyone is staying at the cottages.

Wanting to come with us? SORRY WE ARE FULL.

THERE IS NO ACCOMMODATION LEFT – ALL rooms are booked. the maximum number of people have been reached for the excursion.
There is a waiting list. If anyone cancels people on the waiting list will be contacted on a first come, first served basis.

Numbers are at maximum capacity for the excursions too and we can not accept any more people, whether you stay elsewhere or not.

Enquiries: contact Rachel: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647


25 April, 2:00 pm
28 April, 10:30 am
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Rachel Green: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647


Diana Papenfus


Myalup Pines Cottages
365 Forestry Rd
Myalup, Western Australia 6220 Australia
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