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Yallingup is splendidly nestled on a ridge, surrounded by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with spectacular views over Yallingup Beach out to the Indian Ocean.

Yallingup has bred some of the world’s greatest surfers and you’ll soon see why with a visit to Yallingup Beach, Smiths Beach and Injidup. They’re awesome places to watch the surf (and the surfers!). The tranquil crystal clear lagoon at Yallingup Beach is lovely for snorkelling and swimming. And a swim is especially deserved if you’ve explored a bit further along the pristine white sandy beach to the rugged cliffs or on the Cape to Cape Track.

The landscape is so inspiring that an arts precinct, with more galleries than anywhere else in Your Margaret River Region, has developed just off Caves Road.

The food and wine is fantastic and there’s plenty of variety with restaurants, premium wineries, cafes, pub or burger bar.

Aboriginal for ‘place of caves’ but more commonly known as the ‘place as love’, Yallingup has a great range of places to stay. Choose from luxurious romantic resorts, lodges and private retreats with day spas to places that are great for family and friends with holiday parks, hotel and apartment style accommodation.

Thousands of years of the Indian Ocean surging and crashing against the coastline chiselled out the narrow channel between granite rocks causing an amazing seascape at Canal Rocks.

Our Top 5 Things to Do in Yallingup

1. Witness spectacular seascape views and walk along the overwater boardwalk at Canal Rocks.

2. Have a premium wine tasting just five minutes down the road to the beach.

3. Check out the local art galleries – Yallingup is an art lover’s paradise!

4. See amazing cave formations on an underground Adventure Tour at Ngilgi Cave.

5. See epic surf breaks and blinding white sand – Smiths, Three Bears, Super Tubes, Injidup, Rabbits… to name a few!

Tip: Watch the sun spectacularly set and rise over the ocean. Head to Yallingup to watch sunset, then get up early the next morning to see it rise just a short drive away at Dunsborough.

History of Yallingup

Tourism in Yallingup started well over 100 years ago after its caves were discovered by European settlers in 1899.

Originally named by the settlers as Yallingup Cave, the cave was renamed Ngilgi Cave to acknowledge the Aboriginal dreaming story attached to the cave. The story is part of the heritage of the Wardandi people who are the traditional custodians of the caves in the region.

Honeymooners would make the three day trip from Perth to crawl through its caverns by candle light. So popular were the tours that to meet demand, Caves House Hotel was built by the government. It was opened in 1903 and thus the township of Yallingup was born! Destroyed by fire, the now heritage listed Caves House Hotel was re-built and re-opened in a fashionable art deco style in 1938.

Yallingup was first surfed around the late 1950’s and from that point in time surfers have come from near and far to surf the powerful wave.

Tourism has always been Yallingup’s mainstay and with the premium wine region developing since the late 1960’s, tourism together with viticulture are now Yallingup’s primary industries.

Caves House Yallingup 1903

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