aerial view of yanchep lagoon with reef and turquoise calm ocean and white sand beach

Yanchep Lagoon: Locals Guide 2023

Welcome to Yanchep Lagoon, a stunning beach on the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia. With its calm turquoise waters, powdery white sands, and mesmerising views, this hidden spot offers a perfect retreat from city life. 

As a local, I’ve visited Yanchep Lagoon numerous times and know the best times to visit, the spots to enjoy stunning sunsets, and the local tips and tricks that can make your experience one to remember.

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Where is Yanchep Lagoon?

Yanchep Lagoon is located in the suburb of Yanchep, which is about 56 kilometers north-west of Perth, Western Australia.

International and domestic visitors will fly into Perth Airport. Find details about visas, prohibited items, currency, and safety in this Australia Travel Guide and tips on arriving into WA and other essential travel information in this Western Australia Travel Guide.

There are car hire booths at Perth Airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental.

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Getting to Yanchep Lagoon

The easiest way to get to Yanchep Lagoon is by car via the Mitchell Freeway.

Alternatively, you can take public transport. Get the Joondalup Line train to Butler Station and then catch a bus from there to Yanchep Lagoon. The journey takes around 75 minutes in total.

long stretch of coastline at yanchep beach wa

Parking

There is a car park located next to Yanchep Lagoon, which provides parking for visitors. The entrance to the car park is off Brazier Road, and it is open from dawn until dusk. During peak periods the car park can become quite busy, so it’s best to arrive early to secure a spot. Additionally, there are several street parking options available nearby, but be sure to check for any relevant signage or restrictions before parking.

people on the beach at yanchep lagoon and snorkelling in the ocean
Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep Lagoon Amenities

  • Café
  • Car park
  • Toilet
  • Showers
ysnchep cafe playground and picnic area opposite yanchep lagoon and beach

Beach Activities at Yanchep Beach

Swimming is one of the most popular beach activities at Yanchep Lagoon. The calm waters are protected by the surrounding reef, creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages. However, be cautious as the current flowing from the lagoon into deeper water can be strong.

As with any beach, swim between the red and yellow flags as this area is patrolled by surf lifesavers on weekends and public holidays from October to March.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are also popular activities. The clear waters provide excellent visibility, allowing visitors to explore the vibrant marine life like crayfish, seastars, cuttlefish, and octopus.

people swimming and snorkelling in the calm yanchep lagoon

 Best Time to Visit and Weather Conditions

The best time to visit Yanchep Lagoon is during summer when the temperature is warm and the water is at its calmest.

If you want to snorkel, check the forecast for a low tide and low swell with an easterly wind – these will give the best water clarity and conditions.

Hiking Trails near Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep National Park has several walking trails allowing visitors to explore the natural beauty of the area. Some popular trails include the Yanchep Rose Trail, Ghost House Trail, and the Wetlands Walk.

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Koala at Yanchep National Park

Yanchep Accommodation

There are several accommodation options close to Yanchep Beach, ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious.

We usually book through Stayz (VRBO) as they are often cheaper than Airbnb.

swimming pool and white area at yanchep holiday accommodation

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Flights ✈️

We fly Virgin Australia domestically due to their competitive prices and fantastic customer service, and fly with Qatar Airways to Europe.

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We mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

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Car Rental 🚘

To compare rental car company prices, we use Discover Cars, an award-winning car rental comparison website. They offer competitive pricing in over 10,000 locations worldwide and are highly rated.

Campervan/RV Rental 🚐

DriveNow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia as it includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, and Jucy as well as smaller ones.

Travel Insurance 🌏

Cover-More and Travel Insurance Direct are our preferred travel insurance companies for domestic and international travel.

See this Travel Insurance for Australia guide for more information.