Author Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle made the following observation in her Surfing Down South book (2014).
Sue-Lyn: “Yallingup has changed a lot since the 1950s, with more people, houses, tourists, yuppies, commercialism and hustle and bustle. Back then, it was still very much a backwater, albeit a beautiful one. The surfers at the time would camp under the trees at the beach-side car park and take in the sweeping views over the bay and spectacular seascapes up to Cape Naturaliste. The trees would shelter the campers and their cars, so it was an idyllic ‘surfari’ location far from the maddening crowds.”
In the late 50s there was little development at Yallingup Beach besides the Hammond residence and Cottages on the hill and Surfside Tea Rooms on the beach front. All roads in the town site were gravel and there was no scheme water.
Photo: 1958 View of Yallingup Beach from Rabbit Hill. Photo credit Brian Cole.
The image shows sand erosion at Rabbit Hill (foreground) and the old gravel road winding up Yallingup Hill (centre). There is no sign of development on Yallingup Hill (although the Hammond Cottages and Surfside Tea Rooms existed at this time) or at Smiths Beach in the background. The beach & waves are empty.
SW surfing pioneers started purchasing property at Yallingup in the 60s.
Brian Cole purchased a property on Hammond Road pre 1968 for $1,200. And in 1968 Tony Harbison returned from working up north and purchased five blocks on Elsegood Ave for $1000 each.
Development was slow in the 60s until circa 1967 entrepreneur Alan Bond sub-divided Yallingup hill and bituminised the roads. The subsequent land Sale offered 23 Superb Blocks at Yallingup Beach Estate from $5,000.
Images: Left: 1968 Yallingup Beach Estate land Sale brochure. Image credit WASRA Surf Championship booklet. Right: 1972 Hideaway Holiday Homes under construction advt. Image credit Hideaway Homes.
Development picked up during the 70s. Tony & Coral Harbison started constructing Hideaway Holiday Homes in 72’, a Beach Caravan Park was created and a sprinkling of owner/builder dwellings appeared. Surfers were starting to move into the area.
Photos: Hideaway Holiday Homes Yallingup
Left: 1972 Joe Wilson with crays and his children Lisa & John. In the background is Tony & Coral Harbison’s home which is now part of Hideaway Holiday Homes. Photo credit Tina Wilson.
Right: 1978 Bianca King outside Hideaway Holiday Home units. Photo credit Jim King.
In the early 70s Brian Cole sold his Hammond Road block to Jim & Margaret McFarlane for $1,000 and lost $200 on the deal. The Cole’s then purchased another block on Dawson Drive for $2,000 and built a residence on the site in 1975.
Rob Malcolm bought a block on Hammond Road in the mid 70s for a similar price, built a house & moved in.
Peter MacDonald worked up north on a mine to get money in the 70s and then returned to Yallingup and purchased blocks on Elsegood Ave and Wardanup Cres for $2,000 and $3,700 respectively.
Baz & Judy Young purchased a block on Wardanup Crescent in 1975.
Baz: “We bought our block for $4500 off a guy who wanted some cash to build a pool in his Perth home. At the time the real estate agent told us there were no other blocks on the market and I better get in quick. I found out just after buying it there were 2 other blocks listed with another agent that were on Hammond for around $3000 and remember thinking I’d been stooged. I remember not wanting to tell friends what we had paid. The main reason we bought a block was because we had a great arrangement with Mr. and Mrs Schlam who owned one of the 5 asbestos shacks (ex Hammond Cottages) which were the first dwellings at the bottom of the hill where Pete Dyson’s place was. The deal was we could use their asbestos shack any time through the year except school holidays and Christmas week for $300 per year. The arrangement was great for about 3 years, but eventually they wanted to start using it more. Judy was pregnant, so we had to get something else organised there or sleep in our car (again) on weekends.”
Photo: Mid 70s aerial view of Yallingup Hill & Caves House. Photo credit Brearley Family.
The image shows Caves House hotel in the background, Hammond Cottages & some private residences on hill, Hideaway Holiday Homes (lower left), Surfside Café & beach car park (front), Beach caravan park (right). There are surfers at Yalls Main Break.
Photos: 1970s Yallingup residential developments.
Top Left: 1975 Jim & Marg McFarlane’s Hammond Rd house under construction. Rob Malcolm’s place can be seen in the background. Photo credit Jim McFarlane.
Top right: 1977 Peter & Monica McDonald’s Elsegood Ave construction team. Photo credit Peter Mac.
Bottom left: 1970s Peter Dyson’s shack Hammond Rd & Chris Green’s panel van. Photo credit Peter Mac.
Bottom right: 1975 Brian & Rhonda Cole’s house Dawson Drive under construction. Photo credit Brian Cole.
In 1986 Ian ‘Prive’ Morris’s house on Yallingup hill won an Award in Homes & Living Magazine.
Prive: “I hand cleaned 50,000 bricks obtained from the original Busselton Hospital to build the house. The Oregan framed windows came from the Perpetual Trustees Building in Perth Centro and Ron ‘Gremmo’ Ellis made the window sashes to fit. The ceiling was made from Tuart wood from the old Tuart Forrest yard at Ludlow. Peter Mac and I bought 10 kilometres of tuart boards for 3 cents per metre when the Government closed the timber mill. I purchased the block on Hammond Road for $10,000 in the late 70s.”
Photos: Left: 2015 Yalls Prive with a framed print of his Award Winning home article in Homes & Living Mag. Photo credit Bruce King. Right: 1980 Yalls hill view from Prive’s block. Peter Mac’s place on Elsegood Ave can be seen next to Tony Harris’s ‘A’ frame house. The Beach caravan Park and Indian Ocean is in the background. Photo credit Peter Mac.
Today Yallingup hill is a mix of permanent residents and holiday homes. Real estate prices are at the top end of the market.
Yallingup is a prime holiday destination. During holiday periods over-crowding is a real issue in and out of the water. However, it is still on one of the most beautiful places in the world.