Beautiful scenic laid back Yallingup is a fantastic place to have a weekend break. The name Yallingup is an Aboriginal word meaning “place of love” (the “up” part meaning “place of”).
Located about 3 hours drive south of Perth, 40-mintues north of Margaret River township, Yallingup is renowned for its great surf, award-winning wineries, spectacular coastline, ancient caves, and as an added bonus, the country side is dotted with unique art galleries. Famous surfer Taj Burrow, current fifth in the men’s world ranking, lives in Yallingup.
The Margaret River Region is also a bio-diverse hot-spot, meaning that there are over 2500 species of flora in the area. It’s stunning.
We stayed at the Seashells Yallingup Resort which is next to the iconic Caves House accommodation and pub.
The one bedroom apartment was beautifully refurbished, well appointed and spacious. It exceeded my expectations. I was expecting much less for the special price of $110 per night.
It is easy walking distance to Yallingup Beach and surrounded by beautiful gardens and loads of trees. Admittedly, I was apprehensive about staying so close to Caves House – a pub that has a reputation for big nights. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The room was quiet and comfortable. In the apartment we a washing machine and dryer, foxtel, leather sofa, kitchen with a dishwasher and a lovely balcony complete with BBQ.
Whilst there are so many beaches in the area worth noting – Yallingup, Canal Rocks, Smith’s Beach, it was Gracetown that we loved. Check out my photos in the slideshow below.
Yallingup Beach Road, Yallingup WA 6282
Tel: +61 8 9750 1500
Here’s an extract from the tourism website:
Located at the northern end of the region, Yallingup has bred some of the world’s greatest surfers. Home to a relaxed local community, Yallingup is a small town nestled amongst the trees along the coast, just south of Cape Naturaliste. After its caves were discovered by European settlers in 1899, Yallingup became popular with tourists – today, tourism and viticulture are Yallingup’s primary industries. The beaches of Yallingup are well known surfing locations, and are also suitable for fishing. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park houses Canal Rocks, a coastal rock formation, and limestone caves. The Cape to Cape Track runs across the beach to the west of the town and Yallingup is one of the few towns located along the track.