Eco-friendly Yallingup chalet accommodation, conveniently located in the majestic Margaret River wine region.
Surrounded by nature, close enough to hear the surf.

Margaret River Region - Around Yallingup Forest Resort

Image of Busselton Jetty

Staying at Yallingup Forest Resort you're neatly nestled in the tranquil forest between some of the world's greatest surf breaks on one side and Geographe Bay on the other. And yes, you can watch the whales breaching as the sun rises and later the same day, dolphins surfing the waves as the sun sets!

It's a special place.

The Margaret River region, as a whole, has become a world reknowned tourism mecca. The region is full of natural wonders, beaches, wineries, surfing spots and eco-attractions that are scattered along the Geographe Bay and to the south.

Visitors originally came to the region for the caves, then for the vineyards, next up came the surfers and now a whole plethora of attractions cater to a diverse mix of guests from around the globe.

The rugged coastline to the west and the north facing Geographe Bay are both graced by whales migrating south from September to December - we'll share some great look-out spots with you.


To say that we’re spoilt for choice, when in comes to the beaches around here, is something of an understatement. Loads to choose from, but here’s some favourites.

Yallingup Beach

The closest beach to Yallingup Forest Resort has something for every-one. An arch of white sand looking out over some of the world's finest surf breaks. The 'lagoon' is a safe area for swimming protected by natural reef. Many locals use the 'lagoon' for their daily swimming and the spot is enjoyed by families as it is safe for little kids.

Main break (beyond the reef) is for initiated surfers only - great to watch for every-one else. Slightly further north along the beach, rabbits break is popular with body-boarders. This isn't for beginners either...

You'll also spot a few fisherman, particularly around dusk - Yallingup is a favourite spot for the local salmon.

BBQ's are available here, there is a playground and a shop/cafe.

Smiths Beach

Around the corner is the spectacular Smiths beach, a real beauty.

Great for families, the surf here tends to be less fierce than Yallingup - it's one of the better spots to learn how to ride the waves and is ideal for body boarding beginners.

Dolphins also hang out here!

Curtis Bay

Situated between Old Dunsborough and Castle Rock, Curtis Bay is a short walk either through Meelup Regional Park or along the coast (going along the coast involves scrambling over a few rocks.)

Because of its relative isolation (it takes five minutes to walk from the car rather than the usual one!) you'll often have this beach to yourself. It's just a beautiful picture postcard setting and the snorkelling is pretty good too.

Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay can only be described as just beautiful, its a remote beach up near the top of Cape Naturaliste and has a car park and restaurant over looking the bay. Its a popular wedding location choice and it's not hard to see why.

Meelup Beach

A real gem, especially good for young families as it is a lovely secluded bay - facilities are good here, they include free gas BBQ's, car park, toilets and showers.

Geographe Bay

I've always been very fond of the bay in Dunsborough, with is panoramic view reaching north to Bunbury.

It's very sheltered and shallow and when the tide is out you can walk, paddle and wade into the distance.

It is popular with sailing, kite surfing & wind surfing (on windy days of course!)

Restaurants / Vineyards / Breweries

You're spoilt for choice around the resort for restaurants, here's a selection that have been tried and tested......

Caves House Hotel, Yallingup - offers relaxed, casual dining, serving pub food - with live outdoor entertainment at the weekends.

Yallingup Store is a one stop shop & post office, serving breakfast and lunch.

Clancys Fish Pub serves quick and convenient fish and chips plus a variety of other choices, together with a good selection of beer and wine.

La Casina, near to Clancys, offers Italian style food.

You could sit back and people watch in the clean, friendly and chilled out seaside town of Dunsborough, only a five minute drive away. You'll find a very good selection of cafes open for breakfast and lunch (most of which are BYO) and they offer a wide variety of gourmet, healthy or 'on the go' food.

For those who enjoy the night life, Dunsborough has a pub and a couple of bars (all serving food).

A favorite haunt is The Pourhouse, with its laid back vibe, serving bistro-style food. Kids are welcome early evening and later on there's music and dancing.

OCCYS restaurant in Dunsborough does great beers and burger - plus much more.

Amigos, also in town, makes a marvelous margarita and authentic mexican food.

Palmers Vineyard, Dunsborough - good for breakfasts, lunches and wine tasting - also during the summer months it holds our local farmers / craft markets on their grounds.

We've never been let down by Bunker Bay Beach Cafe when it comes to food and it has arguably the best location in WA.

Then there's the vineyards and breweries - the majority of which only open for lunch, but some open for dinner at weekends during the summer. Many cater well for children offering a good kids menus and playgrounds.

Eagle Bay Brewery has great views and the head chef is far better at cooking fish than catching them - sorry Rupert...

Swings and Roundabouts, Wise Winery and Rivendell are also some personal favourites.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg when its comes to your culinary options in the Margaret River Region. Please also share any gems that you might find with us!

Coffee, Bread and Olives

For coffee we'd recommend the Yallingup Coffee House, Dunsborough and the kids will love their Hawaiian Saved Ice in summer.

Petra Olives is a beautiful spot for coffee, lunch and well, olives...with free oil & olive tastings, conveniently located nearby.

For fantastic freshly baked bread, Yallingup Woodfired Bread is also only down the road.


There are a number of free BBQs in the area, as well as our own at the resort.

Yallingup beach has a few BBQ's conveniently located next to the carpark and kids play area, a great setting for watching the sun go down - but be warned, the mozzies come out here as soon as the sun sets.

Meelup beach has a few perfectly positioned ones - this is a very special place to cook breakfast whilst whale watching.

Castle Rock beach, just before you get to Meelup is a lovely spot with a BBQ - fishing can also be good here.

Dunsborough itself has BBQs in three spots - by the main boat ramp (Old Dunsborough), down at the foreshore and just a little further along at Centennial Park.


Dunsborough has got the lot, whatever your taste, plus some great picnic spots along the foreshore.

Some of our recommendations are as follows, though there are plenty more to choose from.

For fish and chips try Squid Lips and why not add in a deep fried Mars Bar!

For pizza, Big Pig is a favourite and next door to here is a tasty Thai takeaway and a Greek kebab house.

Taz's Bakery for pies and chips, etc.

The sushi at Peko Peko is a delight on a hot day and is also available in the evenings.

And last but not least...we love the curry van, Spice Odysee, which parks next to the boat ramp in old Dunsborough a couple of nights a week. Tasty curry and a great spot to eat it. Spread out a picnic rug, add a couple of cold beers, mix in some friends and you've got yourself the perfect evening. Ask at reception for which days its there.


There's plenty to do locally for kids of all ages, here's a few ideas to help you plan your down south holiday....


There are four playgrounds in Dunsborough - One is at the sports oval, one by the Old Dunsborough boat ramp, another just up from the foreshore near the town centre and the fourth is at Centennial Park, a short walk from the town centre – there is also a good selection of fitness equipment along the foreshore between town and Centennial Park for adults and kids.

Yallingup has a playground in front of the lagoon.

Simmos Ice creamery about a five minute drive away, also has a great free playground. They also have mini golf and BBQ's - you're sort of obliged to buy one of their delicious home made ice-creams or coffee, but that's never a bad thing!


When the kids need to burn off a bit off energy, Dunsborough has a nice little skate park (for boards, scooters and BMX) at the sports ground.

A great spot locally for cruiser skate boards is Caves Ridge – this is a smooth road with a nice gradient and little traffic (the road services about a dozen or so holiday homes) – just don’t let on where you found this information!


There is a flat and very scenic cycle way which runs along the bay, from Old Dunsborough through to Busselton Jetty and beyond!

There’s a ‘proper’ BMX track at Cowaramup and mountain biking is popular in the Meelup Regional Park.

Attractions for kids

There are absolutely loads of things to do with the kids in the Margaret River region...

Mirravale Riding School

Enjoy a pony ride through the beautiful Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park with the Mirravale Riding School, located just across the roads from the resort. They cater for all ages and ability and offer trail rides, twilight rides and lessons.

Country Life Farm

Towards Dunsborough is Country Life Farm, the kids enjoy themselves here with lots of animal feeding, a few rides and an excellent indoor play area. Adults are also well looked after, with free tea and coffee (plus a large screen tuned to the footie!)

Naturaliste Reptile Park

Naturaliste Reptile Park is a great indoor place to visit for an hour or so. On both of our visits, the owners got a snake out to show the kids.

Yallingup Maze

Yallingup Maze is a good day out and this venue is close by, just down the Caves Road towards Margaret River. There’s a kids play area and cafe here as well as the huge wooden maze to have lots of fun getting lost in!

Amaze’n is a hedge maze in Margaret River which is also very good.

Ngilgi Cave

Staying at Yallingup Forest Resort you are next door to the region’s premier visitor accessible cave – Ngilgi (pronounced Neelgee.) Discovered in 1899, it was originally called Yallingup Cave, but reverted to its aboriginal name Ngilgi (a good warrior spirit.) It’s now run by the local tourism association and regarded as a local show piece.

They do tours and have a small playground, free BBQ area and a cafe plus bush tracks.

Wardan Aboriginal Centre

Wardan Aboriginal Centre is a great place to visit to learn about the region’s history and about the local Wardandi people. You can take a guided bush tour and learn about local flora and fauna or have a go on traditional aboriginal instruments. Say ‘kaya’ (hello) from us...