The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. This blog features Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park.

Beeliar Regional Park

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Manning Lake in Beeliar Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Beeliar Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Beeliar Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Beeliar Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Beeliar Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Beeliar National Park is located 28 km south of Perth. It takes about 30 minutes to drive there from Perth’s CBD. It is made up of two chains of wetlands and includes 26 lakes spanning over 3,400 hectares. Beeliar Regional Park has several points of significance and importance. It is considered the most important wetlands and lake system in Perth. It also has cultural significance to the Aboriginal people, the Nyoongar. The park is popular for picnicking, biking, and the walking paths. When it comes to bushwalking or taking nature walks in Australia (even in national parks), it is so important to be well prepared and do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you ows when you are expected back. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

Canning River Regional Park

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Canning River Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Canning River Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Canning River Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Canning River Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Canning River Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Canning River Regional Park is just 10 km from Perth, it only takes about 20 minutes to get there. It is the largest of the 8 Regional Parks located in Perth. Even though the park is in the greater city limits, it is a completely natural setting when you are in the park. The park features wetlands and a great deal of biodiversity in the plant life. The park’s biodiversity includes salt water estuary, deltine islands, salt marshes, freshwater riverine environment, billabong, and modified forest and woodlands on floodplain. Plus, it has the best fringing vegetation in the entire Swan-Canning River system that is made up of eucalyptus, sheoak, paperbark trees, and extensive sedgelands. There is a deep rooted Aboriginal history here. The Beeliar people are this site’s traditional land owners. The river has provided them with a means of transportation through the region, food, and shelter. Even European settler history goes way back here to the 1830’s.

Herdsman Lake Regional Park

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Herdsman Lake Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Herdsman Lake Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Herdsman Lake Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Herdsman Lake Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Herdsman Lake Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Herdsman Lake Regional Park is just northeast of Perth’s city centre, it takes just 10 minutes to get to this tranquil oasis where you can bike ride, walk the tracks, and watch for animals in the wildlife viewing centre. It is also part of a chain of wetlands around Perth. The wetlands once extended from Joondalup to Cockburn. Most of the bodies of water were drained for Perth development. Herdsman Lake is one of the bodies of water remaining. It is now an important breeding area for waterbirds. Locals come to the lake often for exercising or relaxing outdoors. Like many of the regional park land near Perth, Herdsman Lake Regional Park is an important place for the local Noongar people, the Yellagonga. The cultural heritage and history for this park also date back to colonial times. The landscape of the park includes sweeping views over the tranquil waters, dense wetland rushes, small areas or remnant paperbark and Flooded Gum woodlands and grass parklands.

Yellagonga Regional Park

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Yellagonga Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Yellagonga Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Yellagonga Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Yellagonga Regional Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Yellagonga Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Yellagonga Regional Park is about 20 km north of Perth. The park is just 13 km long and 1,500 hectares but is packed full of fun activities with something for everyone. It is located in the shires of Joondalup and Wanneroo. The park is named after the leader of the Mooro people who are the Aboriginal land owners of this region. The park, as with many of the parks in this region, have an important cultural significance to the Nyoongar community. It is part of the dreaming stories and they have used the areas in the park for camping, ceremonies, and for food and water. Yellagonga Regional Park has quite a few lakes and is made up of wetlands that are part of a larger system that ranges north of the park and down to Cockburn. The wetland system in the park includes Lake Joondalup, Lake Goollelal, Beenyup Swamps, and Walluburnup Swamp.

Hiring a Car in Perth

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Perth Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are plenty of car rental locations in Perth where you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car  there. Other Perth car hire locations include the Perth Airport car rental or the Perth South car hire location near Fremantle  or in Burswood. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Stay tuned for more parks around Perth including more Regional Parks including Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park; plus, Marine Parks, and Nature Reserves. So much protected land surround the metropolitan capital of Western Australia and there is a lot of nature to explore in this region of Australia. We hope you are enjoying our features on Perth.