Yanchep lagoon (Perth), Western Australia

Yanchep Lagoon is a beautiful coastal lagoon located just 45 mins north of Perth CBD. What makes Yanchep Lagoon unique is the large 400m section of reef that cuts out in front of the beach providing a nice protected lagoon area.

View of Yanchep Lagoon Perth WA
Yanchep Lagoon (Perth), Western Australia

This lagoon provides visitors with an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and other water-based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding.

How to get to Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep Lagoon is located 55 km North of Perth in the City of Wanneroo.

By car: To get there by car, simply head north on the Mitchell freeway and then take a left at the end of the freeway and continue up Marmion Avenue until you reach Yanchep.

What’s the parking like?  There is a decent car park up behind the lagoon near the life-saving building, however, this can get fairly busy on the weekends, school holidays etc.

By public transport: in the future, you will be able to catch a train all the way to Yanchep station, however for now the closest station is Butler.  Hence, to get to Yanchep Lagoon via public transport your best bet will be to catch a train to Butler station and then a bus from the station up to Yanchep.

Snorkelling at Yanchep Lagoon

photo of the reef at yanchep lagoon
My sons getting ready to head out for a snorkel at Yanchep Lagoon, Perth WA

Due to the protection provided by the reef, Yanchep Lagoon is an ideal spot for a snorkel. The main area where people snorkel is along the inside ledge of the reef straight out from the beach.  In addition, there is another shallow pool area to the left of the main area that is also popular for snorkelling.

pool to left of yanchep lagoon
Pool area to the left of Yanchep Lagoon

We found this area more enjoyable than snorkelling along the ledge and managed to see several different fish species, abalone and a couple of octopus.

Apart from snorkelling inside the lagoon, there is the option to snorkel on the outside ledge, however, this should only be considered by confident swimmers.  The reason I say this is because it is exposed to the open ocean, hence the conditions can be quite dangerous.

See also: Popular Perth snorkelling spots

When is the best time to visit?

close up of lagoon at yanchep lagoon
This day was ideal! With light off shore winds and now swell the visibility was great

Like most Perth beaches you’ll always get the best conditions when you have light offshore winds combined with a low swell, hence keep an eye out for this.  Also, during a low tide, the reef is more exposed, which can help if you’re looking for different areas in and around the reef to snorkel.

What’s it like for kids?

Yanchep Lagoon is perfect for little ones! With the protected beach area there are little to no waves making it ideal for kids to swim and play around in the shallows.

However, there can be a strong current that flows out of the lagoon hence be mindful of this and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

More info can be found here: https://www.mybeach.com.au/beach/yanchep-lagoon/

Can you fish at Yanchep Lagoon?

Close up of Roe Abalone caught in Perth WA
A close up of an abalone caught at Yanchep Lagoon during the season

Yes, fishing is allowed at Yanchep Lagoon, however, fishing is not allowed between the yellow and red Life Saving flags.  If you’re keen for a fish I’d recommend taking a walk up to the right of the lagoon area to find a spot away from the crowds.

Due to the shallow reef around the lagoon, Yanchep Lagoon is also a popular abalone fishing spot with many fishermen searching over the reef for a feed of abalone during the season.

See also: Fishing spots in and around Perth

Can you spearfish at Yanchep Lagoon?

No, spearfishing at Yanchep Lagoon is prohibited. 

Are there toilets and showers at Yanchep Lagoon?

life saving building yanchep lagoon

Yes, there are toilets at Yanchep Lagoon and also outside showers as you exit the beach area.

Is there a kiosk nearby?

kiosk behind yanchep lagoon
The kiosk and kids play area up behind Yanchep Lagoon

Yes, there is a kiosk up behind Yanchep Lagoon which is ideal for those wanting to grab a drink, something to eat or perhaps an ice cream during the summer months.

Are dogs allowed at Yanchep Lagoon?

No, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at Yanchep Lagoon.

My thoughts

Overall I’d recommend checking out Yanchep Lagoon – I’ve been going there for years and it’s a great little spot, especially if you have children.

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