Thirty eight kms north of Margaret River, Yallingup or "Place of Love" in the Aboriginal dialect, is located on a hilltop surrounded by the Naturaliste National Park overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The inspiring scenery over the Yallingup beach is probably the reason why the area is full of art galleries. There are plenty of places to holiday from camping parks to resorts or private accommodation, but book early as it's a popular holiday area.
The beaches are ideal for surfers and it was here that the sport of surfing in Western Australia started in the 1950's - there's even a 2,3 mt bronze statue to the surfer in a beachfront park.
|Houses perched on the hill overlooking the ocean|
|This 2,3mt bronze statue commemorates the origins of surfing in Australia|
It's got a good shopping centre, lots of cute boutiques, plenty of hip restaurants and pubs and of course the beaches are beautiful too. The Dunn Bay beachfront is peppered with very chic beach resorts and beach houses. Wish I could afford one!
We were getting peckish and decided on a pub lunch at the Dunsborough Hotel.
Nice relaxing atmosphere, but it was full and we waited ages for our food...
After lunch we sat on one of the beaches for a short while watching some youngsters learn how to paddle surf in the shallow waters. Fun!! I should try that, I wonder if I could stay on the board for long?
If you're into lighthouses, you can visit Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse which was opened in 1903 (fees apply).
|Statue of Pelican and seagulls at Blackhurst Park|
|View of one of Dunsborough beaches - next to Blackhurst Park|
I have to agree with my parents that Dunsborough was tops! Maybe we'll holiday there in future, instead of going to Margaret River...
Next post : Look forward to Cow Town!
|Map from net - places we visited - Augusta, Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough.|