Yallingup

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A mini vacation around this beachside haven

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After a torturous 5-hour flight and a long road trip filled with McDonalds rest stops, our own carpool karaoke and a lot of F-bombs and bad drivers, Bradley and I found ourselves at Yallingup. My first tip for people visiting this small town (and its surrounding suburbs) is to definitely hire a car. My second tip is to arrive early if you plan on eating dinner there. We drove around Yallingup, Yallingup Siding and Dunsborough from 8-9pm looking for an open restaurant. Instead, we were greeted with CLOSED signs, waiters telling us that the kitchen is closed and a whole lot of bush and wild kangaroos.

Luckily for us, Western Australia is 3 hours ahead of Sydney, which meant that we were able to “sleep in” without missing brunch. Fuelled with locally sourced food, each day we explored different parts of this little haven. We visited beachside retreats, art galleries promoting local artists, gardens that could’ve rivalled Eden and the slightly underwhelming Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. There were wineries, bushwalking trails (with venomous snakes) and bays and beaches with the clearest water I’ve ever seen. In the evenings, we’d retreat to our accomodation (that straight up looked like it was from a storybook) and we’d watch VCRs. Literally, VCRs. After a full-on year, the quiet of Yallingup was exactly what we needed to unwind and kick off the new year.

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