Cubby Town Yanchep National Park
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
NOTE: Following devastating bush fires 11 December 2019 Yanchep walking trails are closed until further notice however the Loch McNess picnic areas, koala enclosure, cafe and Yanchep Inn were saved are are open for business.
This was the second event held at Yanchep and hopefully it won't be the last. For the past two years they have held Cubby Town on the last Saturday of the April school holidays.
This event is completely free and includes entry to Yanchep National Park (usually $13 per car). It is necessary to register through the Nature Play WA event page once details have been released as this gives the hosts an idea of numbers so that they can provide enough resources.
The event ran from 10am through to 3pm. We arrived closer to 11am and although the car parks were busy we found a spot within a short walk of the Cubby Town area. Lots of families were already set up and there were cubbys everywhere! Some families had put lots of effort into their cubby and had set up picnic rugs to lay claim to their cubby for the day. Cubbys had sprouted all over the grass, between trees and some were even inside a boat! Many cubbys had been 'abandoned" as their creators moved on to other activities and the boxes and the branches were happily recycled into a new cubby. Throughout the day new boxes and branches were brought in so there was always building material at hand.
Our cherubs made several different cubbys over the course of the day....the first air-conditioned cubby eventually caved in as the roof was too heavy and it was recycled by other kids as we moved on to explore other activities.
The second cubby became the kid's dining room as they took their lunch inside to eat a picnic. Then it became a tree house cubby which conveniently doubled as a slide. When it was time to move on they offered their deconstructed cubby to a newly arrived family.
The kids sat in an ambulance and had some bandages put on their heads and legs by a St John Ambulance volunteer. (There were lots of "injured' children wandering around on the day with leg wounds, broken arms and head wounds!) They painted rocks and then tried their hand at whittling a stick and decorating fabric using petals, leaves and rocks and combining the two into a flag. They also made a mobile using sticks, gumnuts and string.
There were a few other nature based activities aimed at the under 5 age group.
The kids enjoyed the augmented reality bug hunt on the Nature Play WA app and discovered lots of different bugs, the last one located conveniently close to the icecream shop!
We walked through the koala enclosure and spotted 6 koalas. Some were easy to spot but the others were a bit more tricky.
It was a beautiful warm day and we had a lovely time. There were no queues at any point and when we did have to wait for an activity it was only for a few minutes.
I can't wait to attend the next Cubby Town.