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Yellagonga Regional Park

Located 20 kms north of Perth, the 1,400 hectare Yellagonga Regional Park features lakes and wetlands including Lake Joondalup. The area was an important camping area for local Nyoongar Aboriginal people and is named in honour of Yellagonga who was the leader of the Mooro clan of Nyoongar people who inhabited the region at the time of European settlement. Yellagonga Regional Park protects an important chain of wetlands and surrounding bushland of Banksia and Eucalypt woodland with many species of Western Australian Wildflowers. The diversity of these habitats supports a wide variety of wildlife. Nestled between the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, the park runs north-south and provides a number of excellent picnicking locations and walking trails.

Date(s): October 2008. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 132 of 132 Total. 8746 Visits.
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Entering Yellagonga Regional Park

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Pathway through the Bushland

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A glimpse of Lake Joondalup ahead

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Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii)

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Majestic Old Grasstree
Xanthorrhoea preissi

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Lake Joondalup with Neil Hawkins Park in foreground

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Statue of Bibbulmun Woman and Dingo
The woman is a Bibbulmun Yorga. The Bibbulmun tribe gets the name from the fact that they came from the hills country that follows the coastline. These hills have many features that resemble women's breasts or bibbys and also the fact that it is an area ruled by matrilineal moiety.

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Statue of Bibbulmun Woman and Dingo
The woman is wearing a kangaroo skin cloak called a buka (pronounced boo-ka). On her head she is wearing a yaggardi. She is holding a wooden dish called a yandi (East Coast Coolamon). The dish carries water, fire wood, food, babies. She is holding a wanna (digging stick).

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Statue of Bibbulmun Woman and Dingo
The dog is called dwerda and is the clan totem for Wanneroo, Yanchep, Moora areas. Borunga means totem and Borongorup is the birthplace of all Bibulmun just like the Garden of Eden to Christians. Wanneroo is a songline for a country. Wanneroo is derived from Bibbulmun sacra word which denotes the country of vegetable foods, yams, yanget and tuart roots. How coincidental the Southern Europeans set up market gardens in this area.

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Walking towards the Lake

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Closer to the Lake

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People Feeding the Birds

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Let Nature Feed Itself!
Feeding the birds, fish and tortoises that you see living in Lake Joondalup can be harmful to their health. Artificial foods can cause sicknes and in some cases lead to their death.

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Feeding the Birds
Note the Sign at left!

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Birds eating the Seed

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Lake Joondalup looking South

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Reeds along the edge of Lake

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Islands in Lake Joondalup

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Black Swans and Ducks

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Duck and Ducklings
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)

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Duck and Ducklings
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)

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Ducks and Black Swan
Note Cygnet near post

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Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

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Black Swan with Cygnet
Cygnus atratus

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Black Swans with Cygnets
Cygnus atratus

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Goose and Ducks in shallows

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Ducks in the Shade

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Reflections
Paperparks on the shoreline

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Upper branches of Paperbark (Melaleuca)

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Flowers of Paperbark (Melaleuca)

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Fallen Bark from Paperbark (Melaleuca)

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Banksia sessilis

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Banksia sessilis

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Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata)

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Cutleaf Hibbertia (Hibbertia cuneiformis)

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Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata)

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King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata)

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King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata)

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)

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Cottonheads (Conostylis)

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Cottonheads (Conostylis)

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Purple Tassels (Sowerbaea laxiflora)

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Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana)

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Trigger Plant (Stylidium)

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Trigger Plant (Stylidium)

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Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium)

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Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium)

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Granny's Bonnet (Isotropis cuneifolia)

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Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana)

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Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana)

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Fungi

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Twining Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

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Twining Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

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BBQ Area

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Childrens Playground

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Walk / Cycle Pathway

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Banksia and Eucalypt Woodland
Open forest of Jarrah, Marri and Banksia, with scattered Tuart trees.

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)

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Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis)
Fallen Seed Cones

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Crow preening its Feathers
But the eye is still watching me!

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Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei)

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Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)

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Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)

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Mangles Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii)

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Cottonheads (Conostylis)

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Green Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus polystachyus)

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Green Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus polystachyus)

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Yellow Leschenaultia (Lechenaultis linarioides)

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Yellow Leschenaultia (Lechenaultis linarioides)

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King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata)

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King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata)

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Golden Longheads (Podotheca gnaphalioides)

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Golden Longheads (Podotheca gnaphalioides)

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Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana)

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Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana)

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Cottonheads (Conostylis)

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Blue Devils (Eryngium pinnatifidum)

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Dainty White Flower

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Butterfly in the Grass

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Butterfly in the Grass

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Flat-Topped Coneflower (Isopogon asper)

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Flat-Topped Coneflower (Isopogon asper)

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Cutleaf Hibbertia (Hibbertia cuneiformis)

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Cutleaf Hibbertia (Hibbertia cuneiformis)

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Cutleaf Hibbertia (Hibbertia cuneiformis)

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Rush-Leaved Patersonia (Patersonia juncea)

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Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii)

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Mixed Vegetation

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Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii)

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Cottonheads (Conostylis)

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Twining Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

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Wild Violet (Hybanthus calycinus)

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Banksia sessilis

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Bee on Banksia sessilis

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Purple Tassels (Sowerbaea laxiflora)

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Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata)

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Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii)

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Banksia and Eucalypt Woodland

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Duck's Nest high above the ground in Hollow Tree
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A well-used Tree Hollow
Most likely a Parrot's nest

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Lakeside vegetation including Freshwater Paperbarks

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Along the winding Pathway listening to songs of the Birds

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Tall Trees tower above the understorey

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Lake Joondalup beyond the Trees

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Eucalypt Woodland with Zamia understorey

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the Trees were alive with the sounds of Birds

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Cutleaf Hibbertia growing in old Tree Stump

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Decorative Seed Pods
Possibly an introduced grass species

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Broomrape (Orobanche)
Possibly an introduced species

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Environmental Weeds
The colourful flowers of Environmental Weeds may be pretty to look at, but unless controlled, they overtake the local natural vegetation. Sections of this Park were previously cleared and used for pasture and grazing which has encouraged the spread of these introduced weeds.

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Environmental Weeds
The presence of environmental weeds is a major problem within the Park. The area occupied by weeds continues to grow and unless controlled will lead to the eventual demise of the local vegetation.

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Environmental Weeds
The invasion of weeds is a major threat to the conservation values of the Park and it is vital that
measures are introduced to limit or control the degradation processes.


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Environmental Weeds
There are many reasons for the presence of weeds in the Park including:- Past land uses such as clearing and developing pasture for grazing; Soil disturbance from vehicle access; Construction of paths and other facilities or drainage channels which allow weeds to establish; Frequent fires which promote the growth of weeds; Drainage outlets that carry storm water from adjoining areas and promote the spread of weeds in wetland areas; Dumping of garden refuse in the Park which introduces many plants that vigorously compete with local vegetation; Invasive species being planted in adjoining
gardens; Increased nutrient levels; Transportation of weed seeds by birds; and Grasses planted for amenity purposes in parkland settings invading bushland areas.


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Native Flora with some Environmental Weeds

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Viewing Platform
This platform situated on a rugged limestone outcrop overlooks Lake Joondalup and the bushland that makes up Yellagonga Regional Park

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Lake Joondalup from Viewing Platform

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Lake Joondalup from Viewing Platform
Suburb of Wanneroo on the horizon

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Lake Joondalup from Viewing Platform
Walkway/cycleway below

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Surrounding Vegetation

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Grasstree with tall Flower Spike forming

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Dead Tree is home to a swarm of Bees

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Bees on Tree Trunk

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Bees entering through Hollow

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Feral Pigeon on watch from upper Branch

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Neat Ant's Nest

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Grasstrees line the Pathway

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Suburban Joondalup meets the Parkland

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Houses overlooking the Park

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Suburban Joondalup surrounds the Parkland

   
 
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