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Surfside at Yallingup – History (Part 1 The early years)

Pioneer Yallingup resident Thomas ‘Ting’ Hammond (dentist by trade) and his wife built the original Tearooms at Yallingup beach (opposite beach car park) in the 1950’s. The Hammond family had their residence and also ran five holiday cottages on Yallingup Hill. Their children Garth & Jack grew up at Yallingup.

Garth Hammond: “The Tearooms were built out of necessity – there was only the tuckshop by Caves House, which had always been the post office and store. When the Henderson tourist buses came down from Bunbury with thirty odd people on a day trip, my mother & father would cater for them from our place called the Big House. As the tours became more prevalent, up to three times a week, they had to move from the Big House into better facilities. The cottage, tearooms and store later became known as Surfside.” (Source: Surfing Down South book).

Surfside had a petrol bowser out the front and grew to include two small cottages and duplex holiday accommodation.

Jock Henderson took over management of Surfside in the mid-60s.

Photos: Surfside Tea Rooms Yallingup. (Left) 1967 Surfside Store & petrol bowser. Photo courtesy of Sharon McDonald. (Right) 1973 L-R Surfside store, cottages and duplex accommodation. Photo credit Jim McFarlane.

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In the early 70s Bernie & Eve Young took over management of Surfside Tearooms. They had previously managed the Caves Park Store near Caves House at Yallingup. The Young’s served hearty meals to surfers at Surfside during the early 70s.

Photos: 1970s Bernie & Eve Young at Surfside. (Left) 1970 Bernie Young with daughter Angie, Gran, wife Eve & unknown from Vic. Photo credit Peter McDonald (Right) 1971 Bernie & Eve Young. Photo credit Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith.

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Photos: 1970s Young family at Surfside. (Left) L-R Helen Smith, Gran, Bernie & Eve Young. (Right) L-R Helen Smith, Gran, Eve Young & Vicky Jago. Photos courtesy of Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith.

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From the 50s to early 70s visiting surfers camped under the melaleuca trees on the Yallingup beach front and ate their meals at Surfside. This situation changed in the early 70s when Busso Shire Rangers started moving on camping surfers and unfriendly visits by bikies and the Busso Bogs made camping on the Yallingup beach front unpleasant.

Alternate accommodation for visiting surfers at this time was old farm houses, Greenacres Holiday Homes in Dunsborough and by the mid-70s Hideaway Holiday Homes and an undeveloped Beach Caravan Park at Yallingup.

Photos: 1971 Surfside. (Left) Peter Mac’s Falcon panel van parked out front of Surfside. Photo credit Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith. (Right) Peter Mac digging leach drain at back of Lurch Cottage. Photo credit Peter Mac.

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In the early 70s former Cottesloe surfer George Simpson worked at Surfside Tearooms as a dishwasher before becoming the cook for two years. George learnt Swiss cooking from Swiss Chef/surfer Hans Kopp who had opened a Crayfish Inn Restaurant on the southern corner of Surfside. Hans later moved and opened the Lobster Pot Restaurant near the Smiths Beach turn-off on Caves Road Yallingup.

SW locals George Simpson and Sally Gunter celebrated their 21st birthdays at the Surfside restaurant.

Photos: 21st Birthday Parties at Surfside (Left) 1973 Sally’s 21st party at the Lobster Pot Restaurant. L-R Grant Robinson, George Simpson & Bernie Young. Photo credit Sally Gunter. (Right) 1971 George’s 21st party. L-R Barry Day, Amber, Lulu & Spotty. Photo credit George Simpson.

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In 1972 Tom Hoye ran a retail surfboard business from the small cottage closest to Surfside. Tom made surfboards at the old coach factory on Caves Road near Smiths Beach turn-off (now part of Naturaliste Wines property) and sold his hand crafted boards through the Surfside cottage. John Malloy worked as a grommet in Tom’s retail shop.

The other small Surfside cottage was colloquially known as the ‘Lurch House’. It was renowned for its late night card games and séances.

Photos: Early 1970s Surfside social. (Left) Bruce King & Glynn Lance (Right). Jingles, Peter Dyson, Neville, Mick, Helen Smith, Jim, Danny & Peter Davies. Photos courtesy Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith.

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Alan & Hattie Mills took over management of Surfside after Bernie & Eve Young. In 1975 the Mills’ funded the building of a surf shop in front of the small cottages on the south side of Surfside. The surf shop was set up and run by John Malloy and David & Helen Hattrick and was named the Bali Hai Surf Hut. The Mills family also provided space on the south end of Surfside to start a Smoothie Bar. John Malloy & Helen Hattrick from Bali Hai set up the business and purchased the equipment. Tracy Simpson, Helen Hattrick & Nancy Burrow worked in the Smoothie Bar. It was not a successful venture and was short lived.

Alan Mills leased the Surfside complex to Jim & Barbara Edwards in the mid-70s. The Edwards introduced a turnstile and give Surfside a Super-Mart look.

Photos: Mid 1970s Surfside social. (Left) Guy Quackenbush & other surfers relaxing under melaleuca trees out the front of Surfside. (Right) Girls relaxing on lawn in front of Tom Hoye’s retail surf shop. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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In the 70s & 80s youngsters Mark Hills, Peter ‘Reffo’ Felton, Jos Farrell, Brett & Scott Cole, the Twomeys and children of other SW surfers worked at Surfside during busy periods.

Photos: 1977 Yalls State Titles presentations at Surfside. (Left) Tony Hardy with Craig Bettenay, Steve Hannett & Colin Earle in background. (Right) Baz Young with Peter Dyson & Tony Harbison. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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Surfside History continues with Surfside at Yallingup – History (Part 2 The later years)