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ahu_walyunga September 19, 2009 is World Parks Day and the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation is celebrating the day by providing free entry into a number of our magnificent national parks.  As well there will be exciting activities on offer. So, what are you waiting for? Step into a park for your health, your life, and your future.

The parks celebrating World Parks day are:

Serpentine National Park
Park entry fee waived

Entry into Serpentine National Park is free on World Parks Day – enjoy a picnic, observe the wildflowers and visit the spectacular waterfalls in the park

Avon Valley National Park
Park entry fee waived

Entry into Avon Valley National Park is free on World Parks Day – enjoy a picnic, view the wildflowers or go on a self-guided bushwalk.

Walyunga National Park
Park entry fee waived

Entry into Walyunga National Park is free on World Parks Day – relax with your friends and family, go on one of the many self-guided bushwalks and be amazed by the wildflowers.

John Forrest National Park
Park entry fee waived

Entry into John Forrest National Park is free on World Parks Day. Have a day out with the family – enjoy a picnic, observe the spectacular wildflowers and the cascading waterfalls in the park.

Yanchep National Park
Park entry fee waived, free guided walks and koala viewing

Entry into Yanchep National Park is free on World Parks Day. Guided walks and koala viewing are also free, so bring your family and friends and celebrate World Parks Day at Yanchep National Park.

Barna Mia animal sanctuary – Dryandra Woodland
20% discount on night tours

Come and be amazed by the beautiful nocturnal native animals at Barna Mia. This is a great one for the whole family, especially the children.

Cape Range National Park
Park entry fee waived

Cape Range National Park is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and entry into the park is free on World Parks Day. Come and see the amazing landscapes and wildflowers and marvel at the Ningaloo Marine Park adjacent to the park.

Beelu National Park and the Perth Hills National Parks Centre
Free activities will be provided through the ‘Nearer to Nature’ program, as well as offering discounts on their school holiday activities for all bookings made on World Park Day.

Visit the park for an experience that is sure to bring smiles all around! Come face to face with some cute and cuddly, and some not so cute and cuddly, native animals during a hands-on animal encounter(between 11am and 1pm). Meet Nearer to Nature’s lovable mascot, Charlie Chuditch and talk to a National Park Ranger. Take a self guided walk and use our ‘tree identification cards’ to identify the various trees that can be found along the way, and last, but definitely not least, the kids can grab free Nearer to Nature colouring sheets. Call the Centre on (08) 9295 2244 for further information or visit www.dec.wa.gov.au/phnpc .

Walpole Wilderness and Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park
Displays and short presentations by the National Park Ranger at the V the Valley of the Giants

The Walpole Wilderness Area is a vast natural and wild landscape embracing the essence of the southern forests and coast of Western Australia. Come and celebrate World Parks Day at the Valley of the Giants between 10am – 3pm where you will be able to wander through displays on the incredible Walpole Wilderness and Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park. The National Park Ranger will be presenting a few short talks on visiting the parks in the local area, as well as handing out information about this amazing and valuable region of Western Australia. Entry is free (but usual charges apply for the Tree Top Walk). Don’t miss it!

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