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. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. In our post today, we will be exploring Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park.

Rockingham Lakes Regional Park

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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Photo Credit: EveryTrail.com

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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Photo Credit: EveryTrail.com

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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Lake Richmond Photo Credit: RockinghamHolidayVillage.com.au

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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Photo Credit: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Rockingham Lakes Regional Park is located just about a 45 minute drive south of Perth and is a nature retreat very close to the urban city. Rockingham Lakes Regional Park features prehistoric thrombolites, rare plants, seasonal lakes, a boat launch. Activities in the park include walking along the coastal walking trail, snorkelling and land yacht sailing. There are 7 areas in the park:

  1. Cape Peron
  2. Lake Richmond
  3. Lake Cooloongup
  4. Lake Walyungup
  5. Tamworth Hill and Tamworth Hill Swamp
  6. Anstey and Pganoni Swamps
  7. Port Kennedy Scientific Park

Jandakot Regional Park

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Jandakot Regional Park Photo Credit: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Jandokot Regional Park Photo Credit: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Jandakot Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Jandakot Regional Park is located about 40 km south of Perth. It takes a little over 30 minutes to drive there. The park is made up of fragmented reserves surrounded by suburban developments and rural land; the park land totals close to 3,000 hectares. The park is filled with plant diversity and supports a variety of animals as well. The vegetation in Jandakot Regional Park is mostly banksia woodland including firewood banksia, candle banksia, and holly leaf banksia, but also wetlands, paperbarks, swamp cypress, and 400 more species of plants. Plus, August through November, the park fires up with all the colours of the wildflowers at their peak. The park also has bridle paths for horseback riding.

Woodman Point Regional Park

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Woodman Point Regional Park Panorama Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Photographs by Gnangarra…commons.wikimedia.org, CC BY 2.5 au, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6985936

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Woodman Point Regional Park Photo Credit: BushlandPerth.org.au

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Woodman Point Regional Park Photo Credit: BushlandPerth.org.au

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Woodman Point Regional Park Photo Credit: BushlandPerth.org.au

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Woodman Point Regional Park Photo Credit: AllTrails.com

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Woodman Point Regional Park Photo Credit: AllTrails.com

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Woodman Point Regional Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Woodman Point Regional Park is located near Rockingham about 30 km or a 30 minute drive south of Perth. The point of the park extends outward into the Indian Ocean. The park’s recreational facilities include parklands, playgrounds, jetties, a caravan park, and historic sites from World War II. The park protects 252 hectares of land that is both woodlands and seascapes. Something special about this park is that some parts of it haven’t had a fire for over 100 years so it is a benchmark example of what it was like before the European settlement in the early 1800’s. The vegetation in the park includes a wide variety of ecosystems including shrubland and heath coastal vegetation. Many local and migratory birds visit Woodman Point, close to 100 different species of birds have been documented there. Woodman Point has a strong cultural heritage for both the Aboriginal people and the European settlers here.

Mundy Regional Park

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

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

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Mundy Regional Park Lesmurdie Falls Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kollision – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37238836

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Mundy Regional Park Photo Credit: Google Maps

Mundy Regional Park is less than 20 km southeast of Perth. It covers 56 hectares on the western edge of the Darling Scarp. This is a great escape right within the city limits where you will likely feel like you have travelled far from the city because of the bush landscapes here among the extensive network of walking trails, panoramic views, granite outcrops, and colorful wildflower bloom each spring. 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.

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 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.