Surf’s up in Yallingup

Swim or surf!

Surfers have come from far and wide to the little surf shack in Yallingup to be close to some of the best surf breaks in this part of the world.

According to local sources, the 1950s saw the arrival of the first surfers in the area. They used to camp in the melaleuca trees, surf all day and party all night at Caves House! Sadly for them, the creature comforts of the surf shack didn’t exist back then so they had to rough it.

The main break at Yallingup is quite breathtaking to see for the first time when you head down the hill towards the beach. It has left and right-handers that are just a short paddle from the shore.

The next Yallingup beach along is Smiths Beach which is down Caves Road and a right turn into Canal Rocks Road. You can expect several different waves on this beach with ‘Super Tubes’, at the northern end, being the most challenging which breaks over sharp reef in shallow water (more for the professionals and not for the faint-hearted!).

If you head back out onto Caves Road and head south for a couple of kilometres until you reach Wyadup Road. Head left on Cape Clairault Road and you will end up at the Injidup Beach car park (just down the road from the best little surf shack in the Yallingup area!) where there are three breaks – ‘Car Parks’, ‘The Point’ and ‘Pea Break’. Each of these breaks are best with a south-easterly blowing but ‘The Point’ can also deliver with a south-westerly.  According to the locals ‘Pea Break’ is the best but also the most erratic. ‘Car Parks’ is definitely the most consistent and draws the most crowds.

Just a bit further down the road towards Margaret River, turn right into Moses Rock Road and check out two more amazing breaks in the area. ‘Moses Rock’ is on the right and ‘Honeycomb’ on the left. These two breaks work best with a westerly swell and easterly wind. Even if you aren’t up for a surf, the beauty of the place is a sight to behold and well worth the detour.

So if you are staying at the Surf Shack Yallingup, aka the Injidup Surf Shack, then you are not only in the right place for surfing, you can visit the local breweries, wineries and restaurants to get your fill of local produce in one of the most beautiful places in Australia.

Another wonderful pastime in the area is the Cape to Cape Walking Trail.

The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 135 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia.  It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers.” Source: Trails WA

Visit the Trails WA website for more information.