The Upper Swan area, particularly along the Swan River, has always been an important source of food, shelter, tools and gathering for the Whadjuk people from the coastal plains and the surrounding areas.
In Walyunga National Park, the four main groups that used the area came from the York–Toodyay area, Moore River, Darling Ranges and the Mundaring area.
The abundant food in the area made it an ideal common ground for meetings and settling disputes amongst the groups. The groups would feed off grey kangaroo, frogs, snakes, freshwater crayfish, goannas, ducks and witchetty grubs.
The most valuable asset within this area, however, is the chert and quartz which was used for tool making. Dreaming tells how the rainbow serpent travelled through along the river and left behind these stones for making tools.
The Park connects to the Avon Valley National Park to the east via the Avon River and the surrounding bushland. Within the Park, the Avon River becomes the Swan River at the confluence with the Wooroloo Brook forming its key feature.
In the winter months, this part of the river thunders through and creates Bells Rapids, whereas in the drier months the area is characterised by exposed smooth granite boulders as well as at Walyunga and Boongarup Pools.
These pools, the surrounding walk trails, picnic areas and the wildflowers in the spring are very popular for visitors creating many opportunities to showcase this natural environment.
The flora ranges from flooded gums at the valley floor to wandoo woodlands on the slopes of the valley and extending to marri, powderbark, wandoo and jarrah on the ridges.
Opening Days & Times
The park is open between 8am and 5pm, 7 days a week.