Immerse yourself in this amazingly beautiful outer coastal suburb located 56 kilometres north of Perth. The Indian Ocean beckons from the west and the Yanchep National Park from the east with its abundance of native flora and fauna.
There are plenty of Insta moments as you take in the sights along the boardwalk including a community of koalas. As the evening approaches, the sunsets are spectacular, painting the sky with a palette of rich reds, pinks and purples.
Originally a small crayfishing settlement, it was developed by entrepreneur Alan Bond in the 1970s. The name ‘Yanchep’ was adapted from the Nyoongar word ‘Yandjip’, or ‘Yanget’, which is their word for the bulrush reed that is abundant around the wetlands of the area. Its boundaries as a suburb are extremely large, covering over 220 square kilometres and taking up almost the entire northern and north-eastern portion of the City of Wanneroo.
Yanchep Lagoon's calm, crystal clear waters, proves a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling. Neighbouring beaches also offer good fishing and surfing, and from Yanchep's marina, you can access some excellent sailing and scuba diving.
Diving at Yanchep Dog Beach is where it’s at. The area is accessible via a 180m track and from there divers have two options – a short swim to a shallow reef to the North that is four metres deep, or a 550m track to the outside of the outer reef, which is ten metres deep.
Once you’re below the surface of the warm waters, you’ll be greeted by a riot of colour and sea life. A kaleidoscope of anemones, starfish, octopus, crayfish, sea urchins, pink snapper and lionfish live in abundance, and you’ll be in a front row seat.
Yanchep has all the perks of beachside living as well as established amenities including a large shopping centre, three primary schools and one secondary school. The railway is being extended to create a train station in Yanchep by the end of the year, but in the meantime, catch the bus to the Butler railway station which gives you access to the train to head back down to the city and southern suburbs.
The Lost City of Atlantis – an 80’s flashback!
Atlantis Marine Park opened in 1981 and was a major feature of Alan Bond’s Yanchep Sun City plan. In the 1970’s, Bond purchased 20,000 acres of land in Yanchep with a plan of building a large resort and residential area. If you were a kid in the 1980’s, then you’ll remember the excitement of a day out at the marine park. Crowds were wowed by the amazing dolphin shows and looking back – the costumes were definitely a talking point!
View the digital story from the State Library of Western Australia here.
Sadly, King Neptune’s reign was over when Atlantis Marine Park closed in 1990.
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