Yallingup, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Yallingup gnangarra 20.JPG
Yallingup town
Yallingup is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 33°38′S 115°02′E / 33.64°S 115.03°E / -33.64; 115.03Coordinates: 33°38′S 115°02′E / 33.64°S 115.03°E / -33.64; 115.03
Population 1,062 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6282
LGA(s) City of Busselton
State electorate(s) Vasse
Federal Division(s) Forrest

Yallingup is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, 266 kilometres (165 mi) south of Perth.[2] Yallingup is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches and limestone caves, and proximity to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

History and industry[edit]

Yallingup is named after an Australian Aboriginal word that means "Place of Love".[3] After its caves were discovered by European settlers in 1899, Yallingup became popular with tourists.[3] Tourism and viticulture are Yallingup's primary industries.[1][3]

Geography and climate[edit]

Yallingup is located 266 kilometres (165 mi) south of Perth and 34 kilometres (21 mi) west of Busselton in Western Australia's South West region. Yallingup experiences a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa/Csb). Residents and visitors experience moderate temperatures, with an average maximum temperature of 22 °C (72 °F) and a minimum of 11 °C (52 °F).

Tourist attractions[edit]

Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks
Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks

The beaches of Yallingup, such as Three Bears, Yallingup, Smiths Beach and Injidup, are well known surfing locations, and are also suitable for fishing.[3]

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park houses Canal Rocks, a coastal rock formation, and limestone caves, such as Ngilgi Cave (formerly called Yallingup Cave).[2]

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.[4]

Smiths Beach[edit]

Smiths Beach has been the site of extended proposals for development[5] that have eventuated in political events[6][7] and various scandals over the years.[8][9]

Flora and fauna[edit]


Yallingup is home to many different types of bushland and wildlife. The surrounding area is made up of wet sclerophyllous[10][not in citation given] forest. Yallingup is a biodiversity hotspot that includes the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub ecoregions of Western Australia.


The Yallingup region is home to a diverse range of species including the western grey kangaroo and over 70 types of birds, creating a healthy ecosystem for the many mammals, reptiles and aviaries.[10] To maintain wildlife population the Western Australia government has placed sanctuary zones and nature reserves where minimal human life and impact can occur.[11]

Western grey kangaroos

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yallingup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ a b "Yallingup". GeographeBay.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  3. ^ a b c d "Yallingup". Tourism Western Australia. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  4. ^ "Cape to Cape Track - Track Facts". 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  5. ^ Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority. (2009) Sussex location 413 , Yallingup - Smiths Beach : development guide plan : Canal Rocks Pty Ltd. / report and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority. Perth, W.A. : Environmental Protection Authority Series Report / Environmental Protection Authority, 1836-0483 ; 1318
  6. ^ Account of 1000-strong crowd that met at Smith's Beach to oppose the proposed real estate development. Busselton-Margaret times, 1 Feb. 2001, p.4-5,
  7. ^ Turner, Robert.(2001) Kierath : I did not up the density at Smiths. Planning Minister, Kierath, says he did not influence the change of conditions that allowed greater developments at Smith's Beach in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Statement of Planning Policy. Busselton-Margaret times, 8 Feb. 2001, p.1,
  8. ^ Western Australia. Corruption and Crime Commission. (2007) Report on the investigation of alleged public sector misconduct linked to the Smiths Beach development at Yallingup (Smiths Beach report) Perth, W.A. : Corruption and Crime Commission "This report relates only to allegations of public sector misconduct linked to the Smiths Beach development. It examines the efforst of Canal Rocks Pty Ltd and its consultants in seeking to influence the Council, public service officers and politicians to support the development." ISBN 0-9775105-9-X
  9. ^ Western Australia. Corruption and Crime Commission.(2009) Supplementary report on the investigation of alleged public sector misconduct linked to the Smiths Beach development at Yallingup Perth, W.A. : Corruption and Crime Commission, ISBN 978-0-9805051-6-0
  10. ^ a b "Native Flora - SouthWest Wildlife Habitats". www.southwestwildlifehabitats.com.au. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  11. ^ "Australia's South West | Explore Parks WA | Department of Parks and Wildlife". parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-05-13.

External links[edit]

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