Location: Yallingup, Western Australia
Point of difference
Yallingup is surrounded by the ruggedly beautiful Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Here the calm waters of Geographe Bay give way to a dramatic coastline, famous for its surf breaks including Yallingup Beach, Smiths Beach and Injidup Beach. So good are the waves here, pro surfer Taj Burrow calls it home, and of the 300 other locals, most live to surf.
DetailsIf you’re not a surfer, never fear, Yallingup also has a protected lagoon for swimming and snorkelling.
True to its name after the local Aboriginal word meaning ‘Place of Love’, and with a great range of boutique and luxury accommodation, Yallingup is popular with couples. Rewind 100 years to the time when farmer Edward Dawson first discovered Ngilgi Cave, honeymooners from Perth would make the three day trip (two days by train from Perth to Busselton and a further day by horse and cart from Busselton to Yallingup) to crawl through its caverns by candle light. So popular were the tours that Yallingup Caves House Hotel was built to meet demand and the township of Yallingup was born. The opening of the Cave is widely regarded as the beginning of formalised tourism in the south west and it remains one of the most popular attractions in the region.
Yallingup is also a mecca for artisans, inspired by their spectacular natural surrounds. Nestled in the bushes off Caves Road you will find galleries and the working studios of jewellers, craftsmen, photographers and more. One of the most photographed spots along the coast is the granite outcrop known as Canal Rocks. Be sure to stop in at this natural wonder to grab some snaps of your own.