Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Yanchep National Park

Last Saturday, I went to Yanchep National Park which is approximately 50 kilometres up North from the city. This trip, organised by the International Student Services (ISS), supposed to be a fun trip, if not because of the rain.

Rain, rain, go away...

Rain spoilt the whole trip I would say.

Some of the activities at Yanchep National Park.

There are quite a numbers of activities you can do at Yanchep National Park and each activitiy cost you some amount of money.

First activity for the trip, Crystal Cave.

This guy in green jacket (forgot his name) guided us in the cave.

He guided us in the cave and explained some of the stuff about the cave.


Inside caves, there are stalactites everywhere. Stalactites are formed from the deposition of calcium carbonate and other minerals, which is precipitated from mineralized water solutions (quoted from

More stalactites.

It's kinda hard to take a good photo inside as it doesn't have enough lighting.


Besides stalactites, crystals can be found inside this cave. That's where this cave gets its name from.

What kind of crystal is this which looks like the larva of the volcano?
I did not pay much attention to what the tour guide has said as I was busy taking photos. So, I don't know most of the stuff. Sorry guys! :P

Olympic torch?

Actually under the crystal, there's this torch light to give those kind of effect to the crystals. The tour guide actually told us that we could take a nice photo with that trick.

Nice, isn't it?

We were in the caves for about 45 minutes. And guess what guys? Miri, Sarawak is famous with their Mulu and Niah Caves but I have never been to both of the caves! Anyone interested going with me?

We then proceeded to the next place which was the Koalas Boardway. On the way, we saw kangaroos feeding themselves!

The kangaroos were shy.

I never saw that many kangaroos before.

After some quick photos with the kangaroos, we then felt more curious about the koalas.

HUGE koala!

We tried our very best to spot any koalas at the boardwalk. Most of us will look up the trees to see if there's any koalas hanging there.

"Hey mate, what the hell are you looking at?"

Most of the koalas were hanging on the very top of the trees. Couldn't really take much photos of them. But you can feel that they are actually very near to you when you are walking at the boardway as there's no cell to lock them up.

What's next?

Beware! Kangaroo crossing the road.

If you are at Perth one day and saw kangaroos hopping across the road, don't scare. Believe your own eyes. There are actually kangaroos crossing the road. That's why some of the cars are installed with what they so called, 'Kangaroo Bar', so that their cars are not damaged when they knocked down a kangaroo.

That's one of the best photos I have ever take. We saw a group of kangaroos after the boardwalk.

Supposed to be our next activity.

Due to the bad weather, our row boats activity at Wagardu Lake has been cancelled. Too bad...


We wondered around the lake before it's lunch time! We had sandwiches prepared by the International Student Services' committees for lunch. Sorry guys, I forgot to take photos on that.

Since the outdoor activity has been cancelled, we went for an indoor activity; Aboriginal Arts.

Smaller version of the aborigines' 'tent'.

It's nice to know the aborigines' culture. I had never been exposed to this before.

Does he looks familiar to you?

Yes, he's the tour guide for the cave's tour. He used a Didgeridoo (traditional music instrument) to create some of the enchanting sounds. He can make loads of sounds using the Didgeridoo such as the sound of the Kookaburra (a kind of bird) and the sound of the wolf. He also can used the word "Didgeridoo" and the Didgeridoo to make a piece of music. I know it's hard to get an idea by reading what I have written. But, trust me, it's excellent!

He then perform the traditional dance.

Imitated the kangaroos.

There were two dances performed by him; kangaroo and emu dance. The reason the aborigines have this kind of dance (by imitating the animals) is because they can understand behaviour of the animals more with those dances. In this way, it will be easier for them to hunt the animals.

Boomerangs time.

He then demonstrated to us how to use the boomerangs. The aborigines use just this piece of curvy wood to hunt for animals. Unbelievable? Believe it. ;)

The trip ended with a photo of me with this cool guy.


Again, if not because of the weather, this trip would be more fun.

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