Injidup Natural Spa: A Haven or Ruined by Instagram?
If you’re looking for a serene, natural spa experience in Western Australia’s Yallingup region, Indijup Natural Spa is the place for you. Or is it? Has it been ruined by thousands of visitors taking selfies for the gram? Find out what we thought when we visited what was once a secret spot only locals knew about.
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Where is Injidup Natural Spa?
Injidup Natural Spa, or Wyadup Rocks as it is also known, is close to Yallingup in Western Australia’s South West region.
Indijup Natural Spa Directions
Injidup Natural Spa is about a 15-minute drive from Yallingup and half an hour from Margaret River, north of Injidup Beach.
Turn off Caves Road onto Wyadup Road, towards the ocean, and follow the road until you reach a car park at the end of the road. Don’t turn onto Cape Clairault Road, where the Injidup Spa Retreat is, but keep going straight. Once you arrive at the car park, you will see a field opposite.
A short rocky track on the left from the car park leads down to the spa. You will see Injidup Beach on your left and the rocks and the spa to your right. The spa itself requires some rock scrambling to get to it.
Best Time to Visit Injidup Natural Spa
The best time to visit Injidup Natural Spa is outside of school holidays on weekdays and preferably at sunrise (but check tide times first as low tide is better). This time minimises the number of people you will encounter at this popular attraction. If you want a dip in the natural spa, summer and early autumn would be the best time as the Indian Ocean can be cold!
We visited during the Easter school holidays around lunchtime, and the spa area was packed with lots of people in the pool.
What is Injidup Natural Spa?
Injidup Natural Spa is formed by huge waves crashing through and over the boulders, creating a cascade or small waterfall. Depending on the tide and swell, this could be a tiny trickle or a violent whitewash. The natural rock formation protects against the pounding waves, creating a small secluded pool amongst the huge boulders.
What to expect at Injidup Natural Spa
I’m sure you’ve seen the highly-edited stunning photos all over Instagram of the picture-perfect natural spa with an “influencer” standing in the crystal-clear turquoise water. Unfortunately, the reality is a bit different and can lead to disappointment when you get there. These “influencers” either get up before sunrise to get their photo taken before anyone arrives or photoshop other people out of the images. It is very hard to be all by yourself at Injidup Natural Spa.
I want to be realistic, for you to enjoy this place for what it is. Set aside all the pretty pictures, enjoy the spectacular scenery around you, and listen to the kids screaming with laughter and couples enjoying each other’s company. Travel and the world aren’t perfect, nor do we want them to be. How boring would that be?! Once you’ve put aside the unrealistic expectations, sit back and enjoy this stunning location.
It’s not all about the spa either; check out Injidup Beach, which was my favourite part.
Injidup Beach is to the left of the path that leads to the spa and curves round to the northeast, then north for 1.6 km to Mitchell’s Rock, the bedrock that forms the north end of the beach. It’s a great surf beach with strong, powerful waves that average about 1 m at the southern end and increase to 1.5 m at the rock. There are a few rips in the northern end and a few rocks along the centre and south part of the beach. The waves that break over the southern rock during high swell conditions produce the Car Park and Pea Break surf breaks.
Fishing from boats is not permitted, but you can fish from the beach.
As with all unpatrolled beaches, care must be taken when entering the ocean. Look out for rips and be aware that this is a moderately dangerous beach. Surfers should be shark smart as there have been attacks by the surfing breaks.
Injidup Natural Spa Dangers
Tragically there have been a few Injidup Natural Spa deaths due to visitors climbing up onto the rocks and being swept away by large, powerful waves. You may see people climbing on the rocks to take a photo or to access some of the rock pools further north, but it can be dangerous. The rocks are slippery when wet, and the ocean current can be strong with king waves that can hit at any time and pull you into the water.
Despite being labelled a natural spa, it can be turbulent, so please be careful.
Cape to Cape Track
The famous Cape to Cape track passes by Injidup, where you can walk 23 km to Cape Naturaliste or 23.5 km to Gracetown. If you’re after a short but challenging hike, walk 5.5 km to Smiths Beach (this is one way). This is the rockiest part of the trail and for more experienced walkers with a reasonable fitness level, so be prepared for some rock scrambling and steep climbs.
Other Things To Do near Injidup Natural Spa
Injidup Natural Spa is one of the many things to do in the Margaret River region. For more inspiration, have a look at the following guides:
- Things to do in Yallingup
- Things to do in Dunsborough
- Things to do in Margaret River
- Things to do in Augusta
- Things to do in Busselton
- Best Beaches in Margaret River region
What To Bring to Injidup Natural Spa
- Drinking Water
- Sturdy shoes
- Go-Pro or camera
Due to the hype about Injidup Natural Spa, the place gets a lot of visitors, creating a problem for the environment. Please respect nature and take all rubbish with you – it was sad to see the amount of litter left behind that will end up in our ocean.
Take only memories, leave only footprintsChief Seattle
Injidup Natural Spa Tides
To check the Injidup beach tide times and height for low and high tide, see WillyWeather.
What does Injidup mean?
Injidup is derived from “Inji,” the Noongar word for the Templetonia retusa (red pea flower).
Is Injidup Natural Spa Dog-Friendly?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at Injidup Natural Spa or the beach.
Injidup Natural Spa Accommodation
For true luxury, Injidup Spa Retreat offers ten adult-only villas with a private plunge pool and spectacular ocean views. You receive a gourmet breakfast hamper and a bottle of wine on arrival, and villas feature a kitchenette and a private patio with BBQ.
Stunning Cape Lodge also has adult-only accommodation and features an award-winning restaurant and wine lounge. The property is surrounded by forest and a lake, and the hotel has tennis courts and a large pool with sun loungers.
Read this guide on the best accommodation in Yallingup for more ideas on where to stay near Injidup.
Can you Camp at Injidup Natural Spa?
Unfortunately, there is no camping at Injidup Natural Spa. However, Yallingup has two campsites to choose from; Yallingup Beach Holiday Park and Caves Caravan Park. You can read more about them in this guide on the best accommodation in Yallingup.
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