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Yallingup
Western Australia
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Yallingup town
Population: 1,062
Postcode: 6282
Location:
LGA: City of Busselton
State District: Vasse
Federal Division: Forrest

Yallingup is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, 266 kilometres (165 mi) south of Perth. Yallingup is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches and limestone caves, and proximity to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

History and industry

Yallingup is named after an Australian Aboriginal word that means "Place of Love". After its caves were discovered by European settlers in 1899, Yallingup became popular with tourists. Tourism and viticulture are Yallingup's primary industries.

Geography and climate

Yallingup is located 266 kilometres (165 mi) south of Perth and 34 kilometres (21 mi) west of Busselton in Western Australia's South West region. Yallingup experiences a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa/Csb). Residents and visitors experience moderate temperatures, with an average maximum temperature of 22 °C (72 °F) and a minimum of 11 °C (52 °F).

Tourist attractions

Smiths Beach, 2015 (03)
Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks

The beaches of Yallingup, such as Three Bears, Yallingup, Smiths Beach and Injidup, are well known surfing locations, and are also suitable for fishing.

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park houses Canal Rocks, a coastal rock formation, and limestone caves, such as Ngilgi Cave (formerly called Yallingup Cave).

The Cape to Cape Track runs across the beach to the west of the town and Yallingup is one of the few towns located along the track.

Smiths Beach

Smiths Beach has been the site of extended proposals for development that have eventuated in political events and various scandals over the years.

Flora and fauna

Flora

Yallingup is home to many different types of bushland and wildlife. The surrounding area is made up of wet sclerophyllous forest. Yallingup is a biodiversity hotspot that includes the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub ecoregions of Western Australia.

Fauna

The Yallingup region is home to a diverse range of species including the western grey kangaroo and over 70 types of birds, creating a healthy ecosystem for the many mammals, reptiles and aviaries. To maintain wildlife population the Western Australia government has placed sanctuary zones and nature reserves where minimal human life and impact can occur.

Western grey kangaroos
Western grey kangaroos

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