Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

On our last couple of trips down to the South West Cape Region, we’ve stayed in the pretty settlement of Yallingup. Perched on the hillside with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, it has a small local population (just over 1000) swelled during holiday seasons by visitors drawn to the surfing beaches and regional attractions such as the caves, wineries and art galleries.

 

The settlement of Yallingup on the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean

The settlement of Yallingup on the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean

 

Yallingup is an aboriginal place name meaning, “Place of the caves” but it is also referred to as the “Place of Love”. It certainly draws lovers of the ocean to admire its wild surf and  rolling waves and many famous surfers have surfed the waves of the beaches in the area including Yallingup, Smiths and Injidup.

 

 

However it is surprisingly family friendly with a more tranquil and calm lagoon perfect for snorkelling and swimming in the warmer months of the year. There is also an excellent children’s playground on the front overlooking the beach.

 

Lagoon end of the beach at Yallingup with rain clouds approaching

Lagoon end of the beach at Yallingup with rain clouds approaching

 

Although there are plenty of holiday homes and accommodation in the form of a hotel/pub (Caves House), holiday apartments (Seashells) and a caravan park, there aren’t many eateries in Yallingup itself (more about the pub/hotel next week). There is however an excellent local bakery, open daily except Tuesdays, which has a distinct German flavour. The Yallingup Gugelhupf takes its name from the distinctive cake associated especially with the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef and King of Hungary (reigned 1848 to 1916). He had the crown shaped cake (baked in special moulds, which creates an even temperature during baking) for his daily breakfast. The “King Of Cake” has become popular not only in Austria but Switzerland and Germany as well. The French also created the “Kugelhopf”, which contains walnut and speck (though I found many different versions when I did a google search!). The bakery in Yallingup has made the cake its signature dish, which can be enjoyed with all the local jams and chutneys produced in the region. They also make delicious breads freshly baked on the premises and we picked up a couple of their sourdough loaves to take back home to Perth with us.

 

 

 

We love the relative isolation of Yallingup, although a few kilometres down the road is the larger township of Dunsborough, which has a wider range of shops and restaurants. We feel very “away from it all” in only a few days in this part of the world and had a wonderful time exploring the attractions of the region (Canal Rocks, Cape Lavender, Cullens, Woody Nook and Bunker Bay to name just a few). More about our Yallingup base to follow in Part 2 next week!

 

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33 thoughts on “Yallingup Part 1

  1. Looks beautiful Rosemary- those crashing waves and that sandy beach are wonderful. Love the idea of the German bakery too – you can’t beat German bread and other baked goodies in my opinion.

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    1. It’s mesmerising to watch those waves Joy – this is on the Indian Ocean side of Cape Naturaliste where the surf is much stronger (Bunker Bay, which I did last week is round the tip of the Cape in the calmer waters of Geographe Bay). Yes we love all the German baked goods and especially the lovely breads – sourdoughs and ryes are my favourites in fact that’s what we tend to eat most of the time when we have bread. The Gugelhupf is such a quaint find in this location!

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  2. Tranquil place..and I love the name meaning of the place, perfect!

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    1. Isn’t it a lovely name meaning Indah? It really suits the beautiful location! 🙂

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  3. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful! And I think I’d be a regular customer at the Gugelhupf…..

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    1. Thanks Anabel and I would certainly be a regular customer if I lived down there! 🙂

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  4. ledrakenoir says:

    Very fascinating views, excellent captured… 🙂

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    1. Thanks Drake this is a beautiful part of the world! 😀

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  5. KerryCan says:

    I just sent some time by an ocean, too–the Atlantic, in my case–and I love seeing your images of waves crashing in!

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    1. Sounds lovely Kerry – also love watching an ocean with waves rolling in! 😀

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  6. fifi + hop says:

    Caves, wineries and art galleries? Sounds like my kind of place!;)

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    1. Yes it’s a gorgeous place – always love a break down here! 😀

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  7. RuthsArc says:

    Another lovely place in WA that I’ve added to list for our next visit. And the bakery sounds delicious.

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    1. Yes really hope you can get down to the South West on your next trip westwards Ruth – am sure you would love it ( you would need a car but it’s no problem to hire one). Yallingup is a lovely spot 😀

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  8. I love quiet places, must be nice to hear the sound of the waves crashing and have the place for yourself !

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    1. It was lovely Gin – we much prefer going down here off season for that reason great to have the place more or less to ourselves 🙂

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  9. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad says:

    So I’ve just written about a road trip my now-husband and I took up the west coast of WA. When we were planning it, it was a toss up as to whether we went North from Perth or South down to the Margaret River. We chose the North, but have sworn we must go back to see the Margaret River one day. This confirms it! What a beautiful place, thanks for sharing the photos and helpful local information too.

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    1. Thanks Rachel that’s great to hear! I really hope you can get down to the Margaret River area one day. It’s so beautiful 🙂 I will be heading across soon to check our your post on your trip up north from Perth. I’ve only been as far as Lancelin even though we’ve lived here for many years!! Will be interested to read about how you got along – good timing that our posts have coincided!

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  10. These are great – love the colours of the bakery!

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    1. Isn’t the bakery quaint Susan – I loved the colours too they are so pretty and unexpected!

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  11. pommepal says:

    Such a lovely part of Australia. I could happily live there.

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    1. Yes it’s a great spot Pauline. We’d be happy to live there too though have too many commitments up in Perth at present!

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      1. pommepal says:

        Margaret River would be my choice…

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        1. Yes Margaret River is a great base too Pauline – have stayed there several times and of course with the cafes and restaurants not to mention the pubs and shops there’s a lot going on!

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          1. pommepal says:

            We have friends live there and we have stayed with them a few times.

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            1. Great location to live!

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  12. The beach you looks wonderful. Even if it seems a bit too cold for take a swin or lay down, it is really beautiful. The bakery is very sweet as well. 🙂

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    1. Yes we actually prefer it in the winter months Hanne (it’s also cooler here in spring and autumn than it would be a bit further north). Of course it’s not so good if you want to swim or sunbathe at this time of year. We loved the bakery – it looks so cute and the breads were delicious (plus they make great cakes too though we didn’t actually sample them on this visit) 🙂

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  13. restlessjo says:

    Oh, please take me away from it all, Rosemay! It’s so grey here today 😦

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    1. Happy to oblige Jo! We are having an Indian summer (though March is still very warm so it’s not unusual). I am in the process of organising everything for our trip – we leave 4 weeks today so have been starting to look at the long range forecast for the Uk (not exactly promising) so will have the usual challenge of trying to bring enough warm clothes without overloading the suitcase! Am heading your way soon for a catch up! Hope all’s well apart from the gloomy weather! 🙂

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Oh, don’t tell me about the weather! 😦 😦 I only look a few days ahead because it can change so much. April will be glorious, don’t you think? I’m spending a little of it in the Algarve, anyway 🙂 🙂

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        1. Yes I know the forecasts are totally unpredictable apart from a day or so ahead! I hope April will be glorious – the sun has some warmth in it by then if it manages to get through the clouds! The Algarve will be lovely at that time of the year 😃

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