Yanchep Lagoon: Everything You Need To Know
Words by Jasmine Loda-batey.
There is no lack of picturesque beach spots along the WA coastline and every Perth local knows, should they seek a reprieve from the harsh summer sun, there is always a beach close by. For those more adventurous beachgoers, Omeo Shipwreck trail and Mettam’s Pool offer stunning underwater visuals for snorkelers while Trigg Beach is THE surf spot.
There are plenty of lesser-known spots a little further out from the city that deserve more attention… Just like Yanchep Lagoon:
What Is It?
Yanchep Beach is a tranquil, clear stretch of coastline featuring a lagoon that is a beautiful stretch of reef spanning 300m from the shore with basically non-existant waves, making it a popular snorkel and swimming spot. Boasting a spacious car park, the quaint Orion café and public shower/toilet facilities, it offers something for the whole family to enjoy.
Where Is It?
The Yanchep Lagoon is located 60km north of Perth’s CBD, which is about a 2-hour round trip by car. Follow Mitchell freeway for 30km north before taking the Neerabup Road exit which will lead you to Wanneroo Road. Once on Wanneroo Road you will enjoy the scenic 17km trek until you veer left onto Yanchep Beach Road, going straight through all roundabouts until your final left turn onto Brazier Road which leads you straight to the lagoon.
What To Do:
The spacious stretch of shore means that there is plenty of room for the whole family to spread out and enjoy a day (or two) at this remarkable location. Enjoy a refreshing swim between the flags in the tranquil, clear waters.
An abundance of marine life resides along the lagoon reef, including octopus, herring, and whiting, which make for interesting underwater photos when caught in large schools. Good for beginner snorkelers, the Lagoon’s often calm waters which make it an easy spot to learn the ropes of underwater exploring.
Beach fishing is permitted outside the red and yellow flags and there are BBQs to cook up your catch located at Fisherman’s Hollow, which is just behind the lagoon, close to the toilet and shower facilities.
The lagoon is nestled within the larger Yanchep National Park, boasting an array of wildlife like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and a variety of bird species, making it an ideal place for nature enthusiasts to explore. The park is also steeped in cultural history, with the traditional lands of the Noongar people dating back thousands of years.
What Not To Do:
Unfortunately for pooch owners, the lagoon does not allow dogs, and spearfishing is also prohibited, along with camping, trailbikes and driving vehicles along the beach.
Be aware of a sharp drop off as you venture towards the reef. Whether you’re an advanced swimmer or not, remain cautious of rising winds, strong currents, and rips. In the rare incident that you are caught in a rip, raise your hand, remain calm and await rescue from the Yanchep Lifeguards who patrol from 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm Sundays.
Always remain cautious of changing weather conditions to ensure you remain safe which enjoying a day to remember.