Cockatoo Loop

4 h to 7 h

16.1 km
circuit

↑ 172 m
↓ -172 m

Moderate track
Starting from McNess House Visitor Centre and Gift Shop in Yanchep National Park, Yanchep, this walk gives you a tour of the area. You can observe the wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and even Carnaby Black Cockatoos if lucky. The trail has directional signage, and the vegetation mainly consists of wildlife flowers. You might want to visit this area at a cooler time of the year as there is not a lot of shade. If you are visiting during summer, you might want to take ample water with you. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.5464903,115.6839891)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Indian Ocean Drive, 60, Yanchep.
  • Turn on to Yanchep National Park then drive for 900 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 and drive for another 210 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 80 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park next to McNess House Visitor Centre and Gift Shop, move towards the dark green “Yanchep, No Entry Service Vehicles Only” sign. Follow the asphalt road as you get closer to the visitor centre (on your left). Pass beside the black metal door and walk towards 4 informational signs that you can see from the back. Afterwards, turn right and continue along the Cockatoo Loop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the McNess House Visitors Centre at the start.
Find the toilet at the start.
Turn sharp right.
After another 125 m pass the toilet (125 m on your left).
Then pass the cafe (25 m on your left).
After another 140 m pass the car park (175 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 205 m continue straight.
After another 150 m come to the "Henry White Oval" (90 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 10 m come to the "Yanchep National Park" (35 m on your left).
After another 35 m come to the "Henry White Oval" (45 m on your left).
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the "Yonderup Cave" (80 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 85 m to find the car park.
After another 3 m turn right.
After another 40 m turn right.
After another 40 m pass the "Crystal Cave" (6 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 110 m veer right.
After another 320 m turn left.
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 680 m continue straight.
After another 310 m continue straight.
After another 205 m continue straight.
After another 350 m turn right.
After another 900 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 1.6 km turn right.
After another 315 m veer right.
After another 1.3 km turn right.
After another 285 m continue straight.
After another 360 m turn right.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 1.2 km turn right.
After another 2.3 km turn right.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 75 m turn right.
After another 570 m veer left.
After another 710 m veer left.
After another 205 m continue straight.
After another 310 m continue straight.
After another 680 m continue straight.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 320 m veer left.
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 25 m to find the car park.
Turn left.
After another 40 m turn left.
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 195 m come to the "Henry White Oval".
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the "Henry White Oval" (30 m on your right).
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 250 m pass the car park (55 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 35 m turn left.
About 175 m past the end is a car park.
Then pass the "McNess House Visitors Centre" (10 m on your left).
About 125 m past the end is a toilet.
Turn sharp left.
After another 25 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cockatoo Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 16.1 km
Time 4 h to 7 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 15.5 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.4 km apart with the largest gap of 16 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
30 m[toilet]
Toilet
150 m[toilet]
Camp site
560 mHenry White Oval
Camp site
560 mYanchep National Park
Camp site
600 mHenry White Oval
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