The Aquarium Yallingup – All You Need To Know

A hidden gem (not so much these days) nestled along the pristine Yallingup coastline, a small lagoon protected by rocks, teeming with marine life, and perfect for a family day out – that’s the Aquarium Yallingup, a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the Margaret River region.

Whether you’re on your lap around Australia, looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or an adventurous day trip from Perth, the Aquarium Yallingup has it all.

In this blog post, we’ll take you through all the essential information you need to know about this magical spot. From discovering the unique features of the Aquarium Yallingup to exploring nearby attractions such as Smiths Beach, Canal Rocks, and the Margaret River Region, we’ve got you covered.

Grab your snorkelling gear, pack a picnic, and let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways

  • Discover the stunning views of the Aquarium Yallingup, filled with a variety of sea creatures.
  • Enjoy activities like swimming, snorkelling and exploring rock pools at this tranquil spot.
  • Visit nearby attractions such as Smiths Beach, Canal Rocks and Margaret River Region for an unforgettable experience!

Watch our Youtube video where we visit The Aquarium below:

What is the Aquarium Yallingup?

Nestled between Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks, the Aquarium Yallingup is a small lagoon along the picturesque Yallingup coastline, accessible via Canal Rocks Road. Its calm, crystal-clear waters are shielded from the waves by a barrier of granite rocks, making it the ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling. But what makes this natural aquarium so unique?

The Aquarium distinguishes itself with its tranquil and super blue waters. The massive granite rocks form a natural barrier, producing a calm lagoon ideal for swimming and enjoying the marine life. This small lagoon, protected by rocks, serves as a refuge for fish and other small sea creatures.

As you dive into the Aquarium, be prepared to encounter a variety of sea critters, from colourful fish to fascinating crustaceans. With the crystal-clear, turquoise waters providing excellent visibility, you’ll have an up-close and personal view of the underwater world that awaits you while experiencing the aquarium’s calm atmosphere.

The surrounding area also offers a glimpse into Western Australia’s southwest’s raw beauty. Walking towards the lagoon, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking ocean view and pristine coastline.

Ideal Activities for the Aquarium

The Aquarium Yallingup serves as a sanctuary for water-based activities. The tranquil and safeguarded lagoon makes swimming and snorkelling the preferred activities for visitors. Snorkelling through the azure waters reveals the lively marine life inhabiting this quaint lagoon.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Exploring the tiny rock pools around the main swimming area is a delight for the little ones. They’ll have a fantastic time discovering crabs, sea snails, and other fascinating creatures in these miniature aquatic worlds. The Aquarium Yallingup truly offers something for everyone, making it an ideal destination for a memorable day out.

How to Get to the Aquarium Yallingup?

The Aquarium is a 3-hour drive south of Perth. See the exact spot for directions below:

Once you arrive, there is a small car park near the Aquarium, but it can fill up quickly during peak times, so it’s best to arrive early.

We visited the Aquarium in December, during the school holidays, and we couldn’t get a parking spot in the designated area, so we parked on the street like everyone else was doing and walked to the trail entrance to the aquarium, which starts near Canal Rocks Road.

From the carpark, it is a 1.3km walk to get to the beach, where you’ll find the natural aquarium. When we visited, we followed everyone else in that direction, but if you’re alone, keep following the track heading down to the beach until you find the Aquarium.

The walking paths at the Aquarium are in good shape, but be prepared for some exposed rock, tree roots, and log steps along the way. And remember that there are no toilets or drinking fountain facilities at the aquarium.

For those who prefer a scenic walk, the Cape to Cape track is your way to the Aquarium. This walking track takes you through a gravel lookout spot with stunning views of the coastline and famous surf breaks in the area. The walk to the Aquarium is about 1-2 km round trip, depending on where you start from, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Just follow the Cape to Cape Track markers until you reach the limestone clearing, then head towards the ocean, and you’ll find the Aquarium.

Preparing for Your Visit to the Aquarium Yallingup

Before setting off on your journey to the Aquarium, knowing what to anticipate and how to prepare for your visit is crucial. We provide information on what to pack, accessibility, and facilities.

What to Bring

Bringing a few essentials is a good idea to make the most of your visit to the Aquarium Yallingup. Here’s a checklist of what to pack:

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Beach shoes or sandals
  • Underwater camera or phone to capture the stunning scenery

And since there’s no running water at the Aquarium, make sure to bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

While snorkelling gear isn’t required, it’s the best thing to do at the Aquarium, and it’s a great way to explore the underwater world. Unfortunately, there’s no gear rental on-site, so bringing your own or renting gear before your visit is best.

Best Time to Visit

Visits to the Aquarium Yallingup peak from late spring through autumn. It can become crowded during these periods, particularly during school holidays when families flock to this favoured destination. If you can, avoid visiting during the school holidays (we wish we could have). Arriving early at the Aquarium helps avoid crowds and ensures convenient parking.

Keep in mind that the visitor count is highest during the summer months, so consider visiting during the shoulder seasons if you prefer a more tranquil experience. The Aquarium Yallingup will leave a lasting impression regardless of when you visit.

Nearby Attractions Worth Exploring

While the Aquarium Yallingup is the subject of this blog post, there are plenty of other exciting destinations to explore nearby. From the stunning Smiths Beach and captivating Canal Rocks to the diverse Margaret River Region, there’s no shortage of activities and sights to discover.

Take the time to venture beyond the Aquarium and immerse yourself in Western Australia’s southwest beauty. You’ll be amazed at the abundance of natural wonders and unique experiences that await you in Western Australia.

Smiths Beach

Located near the Aquarium Yallingup, Smiths Beach is a paradise for water enthusiasts. Its calm, turquoise waters make it an excellent swimming, fishing, and surfing spot. The beach also offers opportunities for bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, rock pooling, snorkelling, beach walks, and fishing, ensuring a fun-filled day for all ages.

Canal Rocks

A short walk from the Aquarium Yallingup, Canal Rocks is an awe-inspiring geological wonder. Its unique rock formations have been sculpted by the Indian Ocean for millions of years, creating a captivating landscape. Stroll along the timber bridges connecting the land and rocks over the ocean and marvel at the dramatic fault and strata lines that adorn the granite rocks.

Canal Rocks is an excellent spot for:

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking
  • Hiking

The Cape to Cape walk takes you through the area, offering a two-hour round-trip hike with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. With so much to see and do, Canal Rocks is an essential stop on your Aquarium Yallingup adventure along the cape.

Margaret River Region

The Margaret River Region is renowned for its diverse attractions and abundant wildlife. Some of the must-visit places in the region are described in this comprehensive blog post we wrote about the best things to do in the region.

With so many options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Margaret River Region.


In summary, the Aquarium Yallingup is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of Western Australia’s south-west. Its calm waters, unique location, and abundant marine life make it an ideal spot for families, snorkelers, and nature lovers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the nearby attractions, such as Smiths Beach, Canal Rocks, and the Margaret River Region.

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