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Yanchep visitors in awe of lucky locals

Jones and Co property

As a child growing up on Yanchep’s Brazier Road, Jones and Co Director Kelly Jones never really understood the significance living on such a pristine stretch of beachfront.

Kelly said that Yanchep residents were still just a short stroll from white sandy beaches and world-class snorkelling, fishing and surfing spots.

“Visitors always leave here in awe of those lucky enough to live in Yanchep permanently,” she said. “There’s no shortage of amazing things to do.”

Jones and Co’s top picks

National Park: Enveloping shores of a picturesque lake amid a pristine coastal woodland, this National Park is truly one of Perth’s best spots. Bring a picnic or take advantage of one of the free lakeside barbecues, then stroll along the 240-metre koala boardwalk to view one of Australia’s favourite native animals. The park is also home to families of western grey kangaroos which can be seen in abundance early and late in the day.

Snorkelling: If a rendezvous with starfish, soft corals, turban shells, octopus, schools of bream, crays and rays sounds like your idea of a morning well spent, go for a snorkel off Yanchep Beach. Visibility is usually very good and it suits most levels of experience. The average depth is about five metres. It can get quite crowded during the summer so take a dive flag or keep an eye out for boat traffic.

Lunch by the lake: The heritage-listed Yanchep Inn is a licence to chill. There’s nothing quite  like a Moroccan lamb burger and a glass of crisp SBS to the tune of the nearby Kookaburras. Built in 1936, this WA icon was recently renovated and now includes accommodation units and dining options 7-days a week.

Walk trails: There are about a dozen trails within the 3000ha Yanchep National Park and there’s a walk to suit everyone. Ranging from 500m to 55km, they meander through wetlands, woodlands, gorges and ancient caves. We love the family friendly Dwerta Mia walk. It’s only 1km long, has Aboriginal interpretive signage and starts from the Boomerang Gorge car park.

Go caving: Take a tour of a limestone cave. Crystal Cave in Yanchep National Park is a feast of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstones, columns and shawls. There are regular 45-minute tours daily from the visitors centre.

Catch a wave: North of Yanchep Lagoon, you’ll find the popular surfing break — The Spot. It has slightly higher waves than other beaches in the area, with the limestone (calcarenite) reef producing a left-hand break. Be warned though, you’ll have to paddle out a bit to access the break.

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