Galah in Yanchep National Park, Daniel Zupanc / Auscape International

Population 2481

Only 58 kilometres north of Perth, Yanchep is a rapidly developing recreational area and popular tourist destination. It provides safe, sandy beaches and good fishing areas, as well as natural attractions such as the series of caves found within Yanchep National Park. The town derives its name from the Aboriginal word 'yanjet', which means bullrushes, a feature of the area.

Visitor Information

Information office, Yanchep National Park; (08) 9561 1004.

Nearby national parks

  • Yanchep National Park

    Just a 45-minute drive from Perth, Yanchep is one of Western Australia’s oldest national parks. Lying on a belt of coastal limestone,...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

Nearby towns

  • Gingin

    Gingin is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia, having been settled in 1832, only 2 years after the establishment of the Swan River...more

  • Thomson Bay

    Although only 11 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide, Rottnest Island boasts crystal-clear waters for swimming, coral reefs for...more

  • Mundaring

    Mundaring is virtually an outer suburb of Perth, being only 34 kilometres east. Nearby, the picturesque Mundaring Weir is the water source...more

In Town

Yanchep Lagoon: good swimming and fishing beach; off Lagoon Dr.


Yanchep National Park On a belt of coastal limestone, this 2842 ha park has forests of massive tuart trees, underground caves and spring wildflowers. Within the park, attractions include the historic Tudor-style Yanchep Inn; the Crystal Cave featuring magnificent limestone formations (daily tours available); a koala boardwalk; rowing-boat hire on freshwater Loch McNess; self-guided walks; and Aboriginal cultural tours (available on weekends and public holidays). Boomerang Gorge follows an ancient collapsed cave system and has an interpretive nature trail with access for people with disabilities. Grassy areas with barbecues and picnic tables provide a perfect setting for a family outing. 5 km E.

Marina: charter fishing boat hire; 6 km NW at Two Rocks.

Guilderton: peaceful town at the mouth of the Moore River. Estuary provides safe swimming, and upper reaches of the river can be explored by boat or canoe (hire on river foreshore). Also good fishing; 37 km N.

Ledge Pt: great destination for diving, with dive trail to 14 shipwrecks. Also the starting point for Lancelin Ocean Classic, a major windsurfing race each Jan; 62 km N.

Lancelin: great base for fishing and boating because of a natural breakwater offshore. White sandy beaches provide safe swimming, and sand dunes at the edge of town have designated areas for off-road vehicles and sand-boarding; 71 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 53 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 50 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Cycling on Rottnest Island 51 km

You can hire a bike before you get to Rottnest, and take it on the ferry, or hire on the island at Rottnest Island Bike Hire (located behind the Quokka Arms Hotel). The company has tandems, child seats, trailers and... Find out more

Perth Zoo 52 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Diving around Perth 57 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 62 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Sea-kayaking around Rockingham 81 km

Along the coast at Rockingham, less than 45 minutes drive south from Perth, you can kayak to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just offshore, which harbours a host of wildlife. There are Australian sea-lions on Seal... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 25 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 38 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

The Vines Resort & Country Club (Lakes course) 43 km

Few courses in Australia let you walk in the footsteps of the game’s best players simply by booking a tee time and paying your green fee. The Vines, as the stage for such events as the Heineken Classic, Johnnie... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 44 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 47 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 49 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 79 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

The Links Kennedy Bay 92 km

Kennedy Bay has a brief and chequered history. Since opening for play in 1998 this acclaimed links course has been forced to close twice because of financial circumstances involving different owners. The most recent... Find out more

Secret Harbour Golf Links 96 km

Towering sand dunes covered with thick coastal scrub were the sight that greeted Graham Marsh, former player turned course designer, when he took his first look at the proposed Secret Harbour Golf Links in the early... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Chocolate Drops

Specialising in quality handmade chocolates, Chocolate Drops sells its produce on-site but can also customise goodies to your specifications. Since the shop and tearooms are situated in the Yanchep National Park,... Find out more

Lindsay's Restaurant

Club Capricorn’s light and airy, contemporary-styled restaurant serves buffet and varied à la carte dishes from an international menu.... Find out more

The Tudor Manor Restaurant

Situated inside the heritage-listed Yanchep Inn, the Tudor Manor Restaurant serves a wide range of international dishes, catering to all tastes. The seafood platters are popular, and a large selection of wines and... Find out more

Blue Dolphin Restaurant

Overlooking the Two Rocks Marina and the magnificent coast, the Blue Dolphin Restaurant serves a varied menu, including crayfish when in season. It’s a relaxed place to relax with friends and family.... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 59 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Mash Brewing Company 46 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 46 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 46 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Feral Brewing Company 47 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 58 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 58 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 58 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 58 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Swan Brewery 63 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Campsites around town

Ridges camping area 10 km

This small campsite is 16 km from the Coastal Plain Walk trackhead at Ghost House Ruins and 19.9 km from Moitch camping area. You’ll need to bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Guilderton Caravan Park 25 km

This little coastal town at the mouth of the Moore River, about 100 km north of Perth, stands guard over the wreck of the Dutch ship Gilt Dragon, which foundered on an offshore reef in 1656. The caravan park has large,... Find out more

Moitch camping area 26 km

This small campsite is 19.9 km from Ridges camping area and 17 km from Prickly Bark camping area. Bring your own water, and a gas/fuel stove is preferred.... Find out more

Prickly Bark camping area 35 km

This small campsite in the bush is 17 km from Moitch camping area and 2.7 km west of the trackhead in Melaleuca Conservation Park. A gas/fuel stove is preferred and you need to bring your own water.... Find out more

Walyunga camping area 46 km

Walyunga camping area offers tent-based camping only, in a natural bush environment that is popular with bushwalkers and birdwatchers. To get here, head 17 km north of Midland via Walyunga Rd from the Great Northern Hwy.... Find out more

Allison camping area 51 km

On Rottnest Island at Thomson Bay, Allison camping area is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of this little patch of paradise just off the coast of Perth. Swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating are... Find out more

Thirty-Seven Mile Road camping area 53 km

There’s no surprise that this camping area is on Thirty-Seven Mile Rd. You’ll find it off Plunket Rd, 40 km west of Toodyay. Bring your own supply of drinking water.... Find out more

Bald Hill camping area 56 km

Bald Hill camping area is near the top of a hill overlooking the Avon Valley to the west of Drummonds camping area, reached via  Governors Dr off Quarry Rd. A short walk onto the stony outcrops provides... Find out more

Drummonds camping area 57 km

Drummonds camping area is set among wandoo woodlands overlooking the Avon Valley. Access in is steep, so you’ll need a 4WD tow if you’re bringing in a campervan. The campsite is to the west of... Find out more

Sappers camping area 58 km

Sappers camping area is 25 km west of Toodyay on Sappers Rd, off Plunket Rd. Bring drinking water and come in a 4WD. Note: this camping area may be closed in winter.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Guilderton Caravan Park 25 km

Located in a picturesque setting at the mouth of the Moore River, this popular beachside holiday park is on the water’s edge and has good camping and caravan sites. Amenities are basic and a small shop and cafe are... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 38 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 48 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Ledge Point Holiday Park 55 km

This park is just a few years old. It has the latest facilities and will be a great asset to the area. There is an internet cafe and bookings are essential in busy times. A minimum-length stay applies during peak... Find out more

Banksia Tourist Park 56 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 60 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Woodman Point Holiday Park 66 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bobby Jo’s Bed & Breakfast

Just a short stroll from the beach, Bobby Jo’s offers comfortable rooms with ensuites with spas. Your hosts, Bob and Jo, will accommodate special requests to make your stay memorable, although watching the sun set... Find out more

Casa Del Mar

Located at Yanchep Lagoon and close to the region’s attractions, Casa Del Mar is a beautifully appointed two-bedroom villa with a fully equipped kitchen, four-poster bed, entertainment system, air-conditioning,... Find out more

Oceanview Retreat

Superbly appointed, the Oceanview Retreat has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and those all-important ocean views. A stay would suit a group or a family craving a homey feel and wanting to make the most... Find out more

Yanchep Holiday Village

Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy a stay at the Yanchep Holiday Village, overlooking the championship golf course at the Sun City Country Club. The self-contained apartments have one, two or three bedrooms, private... Find out more

Yanchep Inn

The Yanchep Inn has a range of accommodation styles, with units in a freestanding building and rooms at the inn. The original units are located to the south of the inn and are comfortably decorated. Newer units overlook... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Nature Trail rest area 55 km

11km S of Regans Ford (R) or 37km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Bindoon Hill rest area 55 km

10km N of Bindoon (L) or 41km S of New Norcia (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

Information Bay rest area 61 km

3km S of Regans Ford (R) or 45km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Regans Ford park area 62 km

At Regans Ford

Just off the highway under shady trees. Opposite the roadhouse.

Forsyths Mill rest area 71 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Bakers Hill park area 81 km

At Bakers Hill  

Adjacent to the highway at the information bay on the west side of town.

Eadine Springs rest area 88 km

9km E of Bakers Hill (L) or 14km W of Northam (R)

Secluded picnic area among trees. Well off the highway.

Gleneagle rest area 98 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

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