Caves House Hotel, Ken Stepnell

Population 1060

Yallingup, known for its limestone caves and world-class surf breaks, is also an ideal location for swimming, fishing and beachcombing. Nearby Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park offers spectacular scenery, interesting bushwalks and beautiful wildflowers in season. Art and craft galleries abound and many of the wineries of the South-West region are only a short drive from the town. Yallingup continues to live up to its Aboriginal meaning of 'place of love', being a favourite destination for generations of honeymooners and holiday-makers.

Visitor Information

Seymour Blvd, Dunsborough; (08) 9752 5800;


Nearby national parks

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Dunsborough

    Dunsborough is a picturesque coastal town on the south-western tip of Geographe Bay. Just west of the town is Leeuwin–Naturaliste National...more

  • Busselton

    First settled by Europeans in 1834, Busselton is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. It is situated on the shores of Geographe Bay...more

  • Margaret River

    One of the best known towns in Western Australia, Margaret River is synonymous with world-class wines, magnificent coastal scenery,...more

In Town

Wardan Aboriginal Centre: houses an interpretive display and a gallery that sells local Indigenous arts. Book ahead for workshops, including boomerang-throwing classes; closed 15 June – 15 Aug; Injidup Springs Rd; (08) 9756 6566. 

Yallingup Caves Hotel: formerly known as Caves House Hotel, this hotel was originally built in 1903 and then rebuilt after being damaged by fire in 1938. It has been a favourite destination for generations of honeymooners and holiday makers; 18 Yallingup Beach Rd; (08) 9750 1555. 

Yallingup Maze: fun for all the family, with a timber maze, indoor puzzles and games, cafe and playground. 3059 Caves Rd; (08) 9756 6500; open Mon–Sun. 

Yallingup Beach: surfing, scuba diving, whale-watching and salmon fishing in season.


Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park: stretches north and south of town; see Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.

Ngilgi Cave: (pronounced 'Nillgee') an interpretive area details the history of this cave, known for its stunning display of stalactite, stalagmite and shawl rock formations; daily adventure tours available; (08) 9756 6173; 2 km E.

Canal Rocks and Smith's Beach: interesting rock formation plus fishing, surfing, swimming, snorkelling and diving; 5 km SW.

Gunyulgup Galleries: over 120 artists and craftspeople are represented, with paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture on display and for sale; Cnr Gunyulgup Valley and Koorabin drs; (08) 9755 2177; 9 km SW.

Yallingup Galleries: specialises in custom-built furniture; Cnr Gunyulgup Valley Dr and Caves Rd; (08) 9755 2372; 9 km SW.

Quinninup Falls: falls that are particularly attractive in winter and can be reached only by 4WD or on foot; 10 km S.

Yallingup Shearing Shed: huge range of wool products for sale, and shearing demonstrations at 11am; closed Fri; Wildwood Rd; (08) 9755 2309; 10 km E.

Wineries and breweries: many award-winning wineries and boutique breweries in the area offer tastings and sales; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 9 km

Dunsborough is about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and offers beach, rock and boat fishing. Local fishing store operator Damien Lane says the rock ledges produce salmon in autumn and winter, Samson fish,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Busselton Underwater Observatory 29 km

Near the end of the almost 2-kilometre-long Busselton Jetty is an interpretive centre and observatory 8 metres under the water’s surface, where you can see brightly coloured corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates... Find out more

Margaret River canoe tour 34 km

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours will take you canoeing down the quiet Margaret River, with opportunities to see kangaroos, bushtucker- bearing plants and heritage sites on a guided four-hour excursion. There is time... Find out more

Cycle tour - Margaret River 34 km

You can explore this scenic region at your own pace, including wineries, karri forests, caves and beaches on a bike. Dirty Detours hires bikes in Margaret River and runs a one-day, off-road Sip and Cycle tour, while... Find out more

Short walks near Bunbury 67 km

Leschenault Inlet, near Koombana Bay at Bunbury, holds the southernmost white mangroves in Western Australia. A short boardwalk winds through the mangroves, where you may see some of the 60 waterbird species found here.... Find out more

Caving - Southern Western Australia 70 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more

Walking the Cape to Cape Track 81 km

One of Western Australia’s brilliant longdistance walks, the Cape to Cape Walk covers 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, going through coastal heath, wildflowers, jarrah–marri forest... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Amberley Restaurant

Nestled in stunning scenery overlooking the Amberley Estate vineyard, this winery restaurant’s modern Australian dishes are served according to the seasons. After the obligatory tasting of Amberley’s... Find out more

Cape Lodge Restaurant

There’s so much to rave about at Cape Lodge, and the restaurant is no exception since it was voted among the Top Ten in the World for Food in Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List in 2008. As one would... Find out more

Caves House Hotel Yallingup

In the lovely heritage-listed complex that comprises Seashells Resort Yallingup, diners thrive on the local produce brought to their table. The lovely dining room captures all the charm of the era, and during the warmer... Find out more

Lamont’s Margaret River

Renowned cook Kate Lamont is a household name in Western Australian kitchens. Her restaurant in Yallingup overlooks a lake, invoking a sense of tranquillity, and her ever-changing menu is custom-made to suit this... Find out more

Flutes Restaurant

After meandering through fairytale gardens to reach Flutes Restaurant, patrons are instantly charmed before surrendering themselves to chef Francois Morvan, who consistently delivers innovative creations to the table.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bootleg Brewery 12 km

Established in 1994 in the Margaret River wine region, this long-running craft brewery bills itself as ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. The metaphor never quite rang true and even less so in recent... Find out more

Cowaramup Brewing Company 23 km

This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer... Find out more

Campsites around town

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort 23 km

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort is located on Bussell Highway, Busselton and offers visitors a good  range of  facilities in shady surroundings on the foreshore of the beach.  It's a great park for families... Find out more

Margaret River Tourist Park 35 km

Margaret River Tourist Park is 1 km from the centre of town, on Station Rd. It offers visitors shady, grassed sites with a good range of facilities for campers, who can set up their tents on the cloth pads provided, as... Find out more

Canebrake Pool camping area 35 km

A selection of peaceful sites in the forest beside the river, Canebrake Pool camping area is 5.5 km along Canebreak Rd. Swimming and canoeing are popular pastimes here. Rapids Conservation Park is 25 km north-east of... Find out more

Conto camping area 49 km

This camping area has a good range of facilities in natural surroundings. It’s near the magnificent scenery and numerous activities offered by this beautiful stretch of coast, and also in close proximity to several... Find out more

Point Road camping area 50 km

On Point Rd, 21 km south-west of Margaret River off Boranup Dr, this campground has 4WD access to a delightfully forested area with small campsites close to a fishing and surfing beach. You need to come equipped with... Find out more

Chapman Pool camping area 52 km

This small camping area near the river is 25 km south-east of Margaret River via the Bussell Hwy and Warner Glen Rd. Good facilities are provided in a peaceful forest setting, with swimming, fishing and canoeing the main... Find out more

Sues Bridge camping area 58 km

This small, secluded camping area is in the forest on Sues Rd, off the Brockman Hwy, 38 km east of Karridale. Campers will find a good range of facilities here while enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming and... Find out more

Boranup camping area 59 km

This small, shady camping area in the forest has access for small vans only. Follow the signpost on Boranup Dr, off Caves Rd, 10 km north-west of Karridale. Come equipped with drinking water.... Find out more

Alexandra Bridge camping area 59 km

Set beside the Blackwood River 26 km north-east of Augusta on Clarke Dr, this secluded campsite makes the most of the diverse forest landscape on the east side of Alexandra Bridge. With a good range of visitor facilities... Find out more

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 64 km

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is set on a sweeping section of a beautiful bay where ships once harboured in the timber-milling days. Catch the night’s dinner from the ocean and cook it around the campfire in the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 1 km

This park is in the centre of Yallingup. The popular surfing beach is just metres away and the resort-style holiday centre is just a brief stroll from the gate. The park is very well maintained and has particularly good... Find out more

Taunton Farm Holiday Park 20 km

We think this is possibly the best base for exploring the wonderful Margaret River region and its many wineries. It is a quality park in a great farm setting and we always enjoy our stays here. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Big4 Peppermint Park 20 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Mandalay Holiday Resort 25 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more

Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 26 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more

Margaret River Tourist Park 35 km

Located 1 km from the centre of town, this park is a convenient base to explore the popular Margaret River holiday region. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 64 km

This is a national park camping ground with great facilities for caravans and motorhomes.It is right alongside the beach and has a kiosk that sells basic necessities. There is a minimum-stay period.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 65 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 65 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cape Lodge

Winner of many hotel awards, Cape Lodge is the undisputed jewel in this famous wine region. The fact that it has a helicopter landing pad gives you an idea of what a true five-star resort is really like. Whether you stay... Find out more


Sleeping ten, Fourwells suits all requirements. Whether you’re a large family or a group of friends, relaxation in this holiday house is unavoidable. All four bedrooms and three bathrooms are well appointed and the... Find out more

Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Spa Retreat combines accommodation with specialised spa treatments. The fully self-contained two-bedroom suites have heated polished concrete flooring, plunge pools, spa courtyard and decks with ocean views. Of... Find out more

Seashells Resort Yallingup

By the beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Seashells Resort Yallingup is adjacent to the restored Caves House, built at the turn of last century. The studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments are... Find out more

Smiths Beach Resort

Situated on pristine Smiths Beach between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, the stylish Smiths Beach Resort was built to have minimal impact on the environment. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture the magnificent setting,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 4 km

The two retreats here have walls built of straw. You can collect eggs for your breakfast, or see what is in season in the orchard.... Find out more

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 17 km

Set in a 40-hectare conservation reserve protected from feral predators, with woylies, bandicoots and other animals roaming around, the self-contained chalets here have everything you could want, including local... Find out more

Burnside Bungalows 28 km

At Margaret River you can stay on this certified organic and biodynamic farm that produces mulberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados and olives. The accommodation is in cottages made with rammed earth and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Conto camping area 48 km

T/O at Karridale

Whistlers Way campsite is located 19km north-west of the highway via Bushby, Caves and Conto rds. It's in a secluded bushland setting near the coast in Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park. Other campsites available. Only Whistlers Way campsite suitable for large vans.

Chapman Pool camping area 52 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.

McLeod Creek Rest Area 54 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.

Sues Bridge camping area 58 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.

Alexandra Bridge camping area 59 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.

Ironstone Gully camping area 63 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.

Bunbury South Rest Area 65 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Barrabup Pool camping area 70 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.

Canebrake rest area 72 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.

What's on around town

Yallingup Surfilm Festival: Jan.

Yallingup Malibu Surfing Classic: Dec.

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