How to find The Aquarium in Yallingup and 3 other magic swimming pools

Yallingup's secret swimming spot

The Aquarium Yallingup

The Aquarium is a stunning natural rockpool situated between Canal Rocks and Smiths Beach in Yallingup; the most perfect swimming pool. Formed from granite rocks, it’s protected from the crashing waves and you just have a gentle flow of fresh water coming into the pool. There’s a small sandy beach dotted with rocks - just enough space for bathers to stretch out and catch the sun's rays.

It was a local’s secret until Instagram made it famous, and until a few years ago you could pop down for a dip and have the place to yourself for hours, quietly snorkelling around or jumping off the rocks into cold, deep water.

Now on a sunny, summer day it’ll be busy, but you can still have a relaxing swim and feel fortunate to have found this incredible aquamarine wonderland.

So pack your snorkel, swimming gear and a picnic for an awesome beach session.

How to get to the Aquarium: from Smiths Beach

Starting on Caves Road, turn onto Canal Rocks Road then turn right onto Smiths Beach Road. The road hooks left past Lamonts Café and Smiths Beach Resort. Continue a little further and use the carpark opposite Canal Rocks Beachfront Apartments.

Take your swimming gear, comfy walking shoes (you’re going a rocky route this way) and don’t forget a water bottle.

Follow the Cape to Cape Track – look out for small yellow markers along the way. The track hugs the coast as you round the headland near Smiths Beach. You’re walking past beautiful coastal scrub including native rosemary, acacia and coastal succulents. From Shark Bay to Esperance – a big chunk of Western Australia’s south west – is one of only 34 global biodiversity hotspots. What does that mean? There are over 7,000 flora species here, and about 70% of it is totally unique to the area – not found anywhere else in the world.

Watch out for sunbaking reptiles, too – we spotted a beautiful (but totally non-venomous) carpet python last time near Smiths Beach!

The track gets rockier and you climb a small hill. Look back for a stupendous view across Yallingup to Sugarloaf Rock. You’ll soon have a view of the Aquarium – that ultramarine pool – with Canal Rocks off in the distance.

The Cape to Cape Track intersects a dirt track – follow that track right towards the beach, and you’ll be at the Aquarium.

Total walk time: about 15 minutes each direction. Approx 1.5km.

 

How to get to the Aquarium: from Canal Rocks

The shorter walk – this is the way we bring the kids!

Starting on Caves Road, turn onto Canal Rocks Road and continue past Smiths Beach Road. About 500 metres before Canal Rocks, there’s a small carpark – it’s tiny, only fitting half a dozen cars or so – this is where you need to park. Please take care if parking along the road.

Follow the Cape to Cape Track that leads off the carpark. Within 100 metres you’ll see Kathleen’s lookout, a memorial seat with a stunning Canal Rocks outlook. Continue along the track through Melaleuca trees and scrub, watching your footing for tree roots and limestone rocks.

It’s about a 500-metre walk to the Aquarium. Kids aged 4+ can usually handle it but you might need to bribe them with a Cape Lavender ice cream or a trip to Simmo’s if they complete with walk without being carried!

You’ll reach a dirt track, take a left towards the ocean and voila – you’re at the Aquarium!

Total walk time: max 10 minutes each direction. Approx 500 metres.

 

The Lagoon, Yallingup

Just down the road in sunny Yallingup, you’ll find a perfect swimming spot, a protected lagoon totally encircled by reef.

Perfect for kiddies, there’s usually a very small wave, and the water gradually gets deeper as you venture out. There’s a great ecosystem so bring your snorkel to check out the fish and sea grasses.

Parking can be a challenge in the height of school holidays, but once you’ve got a spot it’s easy to get from the car to the sand. Plenty of space to put up an umbrella and spread out towels.

After a swim there’s showers, toilets, free BBQs and a beautiful adventure playground and grassed area the kids will love.

Shaana Café sells delicious lunches, coffees and ice creams.

 

Meelup

Another “pinch me, I’m dreaming” swimming spot, the colour of the water at Meelup must be seen to be believed. Crystal clear water and the most spectacular shades of blue against fine white sand.

Royal Lifesavers are patrolling throughout summer, and Meelup Beach Hire have boogie boards, snorkels, kayaks and SUPs for hire. There’s a van selling Simmo’s ice cream, coffees and other treats.

We also love the extensive shade and grassed areas that overlook the beach. Just the thing on a hot day!

Facilities include toilets, cold showers and BBQs.

Beachlands Busselton pool

The Pool 

Sometimes the best pool is the one just outside your villa! 

Emerge from your cabin, chalet or caravan, take a few steps past the playground and water play zone and you’ll find a shimmering pool gently heated to “goldilocks temperature” – not too hot, not too cold.

There’s a toddler’s section, a shallow area connected to the main pool, where younger kids can safely splash around.

Grab a sunlounge and relax for a few hours while the kids swim to their heart’s content. Send them to reception to grab ice creams and cold drinks, then bounce on the giant pillow to burn off some energy.

Families, if you prefer to book accommodation as close to the pool and playground as possible, you can put in a request and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Our 4-berth spa villas are both opposite the playground, and they are perfect for a family of four.

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