1970s Surfside memoirs by Angie Cannon (nee Young)

In the late 60s Bernie and Eve Young took over management of Surfside Tearooms at Yallingup from Jock Henderson. The Young’s previously managed the Caves Park Store near Caves House at Yallingup. They provided hearty meals, holiday accommodation and petrol to surfers, tourists and the Yallingup community until the mid 70s, when the Surfside leased expired and they moved on.

Bernie and Eve lived and worked on the premises with their daughter Angie and Gran.

Photo: 1970 Bernie Young with daughter Angie, Gran, wife Eve and unidentified outside Surfside Tearooms. Photo credit Peter McDonald.

Bernie Young’s daughter Angie Cannon (nee Young) has contacted Surfing Down South and shared her memories of Surfside.

Angie:I was fortunate enough to spend my early teenage years in Yallingup and my parents Bernie and Eve Young would have fed most of you at Surfside in the late 60’s and early 70’s. My fondest memories are of my extended family, always looking out for me painful as I could be sometimes. George Simpson was my surrogate big brother and used to, on occasion, let me tag along generally to carry his board to some of the greatest surf spots on the coast. My daughter Sarah now sends me this info as it comes through and it always brings back memories, including the SDS Blogs on Three Bears. I remember when the boys found the break and for a while it was MGM. It was right up there with discovering gold in the pub and the stories only grew in proportion to the amount of beer consumed at the Caves House. It was the hidden secret that few could reach. Lost a lot of humour when I returned in later years with my kids and a 4WD. I have lots of pictures taken in those early years, most are of parties we had at Surfside and some, I feel sure, would rather be forgotten!! I’ll dig out some of my photos and scan them for you (see pics below).

I now live in Townsville in Queensland and both Mum and Dad have passed on, Mum at a ripe old age of 91 only four months back”.

Photos: 1971 Peter Mac’s Falcon panel van parked in front of Surfside. Photo credit Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith.

Angie:Your SDS articles have stirred up so many memories and stories, I only wish that I had had the opportunity to share them with Mum before she passed on.

If you are still in touch with Ronnie “Ratshit” Jeffrey, ask him about the “tomato” plant he left in my Grans care whilst he went to, Indonesia, I think. My Gran would make homemade wine out of anything animal or vegetable and as inevitably would happen once a month there would be an explosion from her bedroom that meant a bottle had slightly over fermented.  Gran probably holds dibs for the first wine maker of the region!!  I went to help with the clean-up mission only to find Ronnie’s “tomato” plant flourishing in her wardrobe.  Bless her she had no idea, but tended it lovingly for Ronnie until he returned.

Gran would sit on the back steps of the kitchen peeling spuds faster than anyone alive.  Hans Kopp finally retired her for a more sanitary mode of spud bashing in the kitchen of the Cray Pot.

Hans did the best Crayfish Thermidor in the world as we knew it.  Brandy was his friend in the kitchen. 

Hans was an enigma, a soft and gentle man who would turn into some kind of manic chef as soon as he donned his whites.  Many a waitress was bought to tears from one of his legendary tirades in the kitchen.  He wasn’t adverse to the occasional upending of a pot or the throwing of a knife.  I was 14 and copped my fare share.  He would wake up the next morning, go for a surf and get on with his day as if nothing happened. 

My folks did a great job at Surfside and their trusting nature bought them unstuck eventually.  My Dad very much believed in the honour of the handshake, and unfortunately having put in years of hard work at Surfside, he was bought undone as the lease was sold out from under him.  He established the caravan park and worked tirelessly, doing battle with the council, hand sewing grass seed, digging trenches and overseeing the work as it became a reality.  As with all things, it was time to move on.  Mum and Dad only went back a couple of times and were always amazed at the changes.  Dad often spoke of being offered 3 blocks on the top road by Kevin Merifield for $800 each.  Dad was no fool, why would he buy something with no water or services for that sort of money!!!   

They both spoke of their time in Yallingup with great humour and love.  The old man could be a bit of a lunatic, but he was an incredibly hard worker and meant well.  Mum worked tirelessly in the kitchen from six in the morning till late at night in the tourist season.  She would share a grill with George, which meant walking around the immoveable object, serving good basic food for a never ending stream of hungry surfers.

All of this whilst being ostracised by the then civilised locals who were sure that we were a family of drug barons living and mixing with the great unwashed, long haired dole bludgers of the 70’s. They even had a mention in the Melbourne Truth once, with questionable comments as to their REAL motives for being involved with those bludgers on society. The truth be known, they were incredibly naïve and just enjoyed the lifestyle and peace that Yallingup bought to them for 8 months of the year.

Thanks for the memories. Please keep the stories coming”.

This is a collection of Angie’s Surfside social images from her scrapbook.

Angie: “the images are a little worse for wear after all those years!”.

Image: 1971 Eve Young, unidentified and Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith outside Surfside . Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1970s Vicki Jago working in the Surfside kitchen. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1970s Sam the surf dog on the rocks. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1970s George Simpson and others at the back of Surfside. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1970s George Simpson in kids play pen entertaining Gran at Surfside. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Angie: ‘Enough said!”

Image: 1970s Safety conscience trio enjoying a smoke near the fuel pump outside Surfside. L-R unidentified, George Simpson and Glynn Lance. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Angie: “Always safety aware!”

Image: 1971 Bruce King and unidentified girl at Surfside party. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1971 George Simpson’s 21st party at Surfside’s Lobster Pot Restaurant. L-R Barry Day, Amber, Lulu & Spotty. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1973 Sally Gunter’s 21st Birthday Party at Surfside’s Lobster Pot Restaurant. L-R Grant Robinson, George Simpson & Bernie Young. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Image: 1976 Angie’s wedding in Perth. Image courtesy of Angie Cannon (nee Young).

Angie: The Yallingup crew came up to Perth for the occasion.  It was the last time we were all together!”

Angie: “It’s quite bazaar as I can’t imagine anyone or anything changing but its 40 odd years ago!!!  An old photo of ‘Jingles’ (a long haired surfie dude) made me smile. When he left Yallingup and returned to the East Coast, he gave me a bell that I wore around my neck until I got married, mum made me take it off as it didn’t go with my dress.  It’s been on my key ring ever since.

Oddest thing about Yallingup, I’ve never quite felt at home since I left and I have lived all over Australia.   Many years ago I bought a block on the 2nd road down in the middle of the hill.  Sold it in the 1980 for $16k thought I’d done really well.  Makes me a property genius huh!”

Thank you for sharing your photos and memories Angie.

Click on the following web links for more history of Surfside.

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

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



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

Surfside History continues on from Surfside at Yallingup – History (Part 1 The early years).

Former Greirson Surfboards shaper Al Bean moved down south in 75. Al Bean (age 20) managed Surfside and the Yalls Beach Caravan Park from 1977 to 79. Al learnt to cook and employed local girls to help at Surfside. He also did a bit of grass slashing at the Caravan Park, but not much else. He did do a lot of surfing.

The Shutz family from Busso took over from Al Bean and managed the Surfside from 1980 to 1982.

Mark Hills: “The Shutz family sponsored Yallingup Board Riders Club. They changed the name to Surfside Board Riders and let us use the toilets at the back of Surfside as the Club’s clubroom.”

Former City Beach surfers Stewart & Craig Bettenay took over from the Shutz’s and managed Surfside store, rented holiday accommodation and sold Ampol petrol from 1983 to 87.

Stewart Bettenay: “I rented one of the duplexes off the Shutz’s late 1982 and then found out they wanted to get out of the business and that’s how Craig and I got involved in early 1983. We renovated Surfside and did all the painting, sign writing etc and built the front verandah ourselves.”

Photo: 1984 Surfside freshly painted with new verandah & Ampol petrol bowser out the front. Photo credit Stewart Bettenay.

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Mark Hills: “It must have been 1988/89 when Lindsay Brady bought the freehold for Surfside, Bali Hai and the Surfside units. This is when Don and Bing Hancey with their partner Peter Clauson (from Karridale) took over the Surfside lease and the limestone wall was built. Surfside became a restaurant with the kiosk on the side closest to Hillzeez (former Bali Hai). This was a fantastic time period where Caves House was being run by Peter Willis and owned by Derick Gascoigne & the Sampson’s, Surfside was run by the Hancey’s and I managed Hillzeez surf shop. This is when the money started to move into Yalls.”

Photos: 1990 Yallingup (Left) Surfside additions prior to conversion to a Kiosk. (Right) Hillzeez Yallingup Beach Surf Shop. Photo credits Tania Hills.

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Mark Kransenstein: “The Surfside kiosk was run successfully by Susan ‘ The mother of Yalls’ Fullarton and the limestone wall was built by Tim Roberts for Neil Anderson & Lindsay Brady. During the 1990s tenants were complaining about the poor condition of the Lurch Cottage so Neil Anderson demolished the building and turned the duplex accommodation into a Gallery. When Surfside was sold in 2006, Peter Dyson moved the Gallery building to his 5 acre block in Howson Rise Yallingup. “

In the 1990s Peter Dyson and the King of Kuta (Bali) were partners in the Surfside tenancy. Peter in his snake skin boots added a karaoke machine to Surfside’s amenities. Peter picked-up turn-over and turned Surfside into a strong music scene with local musicians Vance Burrows, Gina Panone, Leon Thomasian & others playing at the venue. It was a vibrant night spot and rivalled Caves House in entertainment.

Peter Dyson then sold his share in Surfside to Neil Anderson.

Photo. 1990s Surfside wheelers & dealers. L-R Peter Clauson, Peter Kidd, Peter Shearer, Peter Dyson & Peter Davies. Photo credit Neil Anderson.

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Images: 1998 Surfside Café & Kiosk promotion brochure. Images courtesy of Surfside.

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Photos: 2004 Yallingup Yal Mal functions held at Surfside. (Left) Bow Tie & Boardie Ball L-R Paul Ennis & wife with Greg & Jo Laurenson. (Right) Contest presentations L-R Peter Dyson, Tony Harbison, Mitch, Kevin & Brett Merifield. Photos courtesy of Loz Smith.

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Photos: 2005 Surfside Café outdoor area. Photos courtesy Jim King.

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Photos: 2006 Surfside street trader (Left) Surfside Café & street trader. (Right) Wombat the fruit & vegetable seller from Bridgetown selling his wares outside Surfside. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac..

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In the 2000s Neil Anderson sold Surfside to Louise Durham and her father David (Dave ran Cape Selections shop in Dunno). Then David Rutherford entered a contract to buy Surfside freehold from Lindsay Brady (Pearl farmer in Point Samson) and the restaurant off Louise Durham. David planned to redevelop, but finance wasn’t forthcoming and after 18 months, it is understood that Lindsay sold the freehold to Glen Crimp. That was the beginning of the end for the Surfside complex.

Surfside served the Yallingup surfing community as Tearooms, Store, Petrol outlet, Restaurant, Café, Kiosk, Accommodation, Surf Shop & Art Gallery until 2006, when developers demolished the complex and built up-market holiday accommodation on the site.

Photos: 2006 Surfside complex prior to demolition. Top (Left) Surfside Café. (Right) Surfside Kiosk. Bottom (Left) Surfside Beach Shack (Right) Yamminee gallery. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac.

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Photos: 2006 Surfside complex after demolition. Site of former Surfside Café, Kiosk & Yallingup Beach Shack. (Note the Yamminee gallery building was relocated prior to demolition). Photos courtesy of Dave Ellis.

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Surfside History continues with Bali Hai Surf Hut.

Refer to Surfing Down South book for more material on Surfside.


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)


Surfside at Yallingup – Recollections

Many SW residents and visiting surfers enjoyed the hospitality at Surfside Tea Rooms/Store/Cafe/Restaurant/Accommodation at Yallingup over the years. This is a collection of their Surfside recollections from the 50s to 80s.

Jim Keenan – pioneer WA surfer

Surfside tea rooms were run by the Hammond family and was a favourite amongst the 50’s & 60’s surfing fraternity for hamburgers upon arrival and breakfast whenever the rain washed out our fires.

The Hammonds were very generous with their tucker and would stay open until our arrival from the city on a Friday night, for a weekend of surfing.

We would arrive rugged up in our great coats (winter) or bear suits half pissed from the journey down from Perth. The honest guys would order hamburgers which of course required action in the kitchen a separate room.

The dis-honest took advantage of this and filled their pockets with blocks of old gold chocolate while the counter staff were preparing the hamburgers in the kitchen. I won’t mention the main culprits name but, his initials were T.H.

I guess T.H. survived because he did share the wares when we returned to our hammocks on the rock face facing Yalls. We felt guilty but, the benefits outweighed the problem.

I have met with Garth Hammond and discussed the above and he assures me that his parents were well aware of the Fagan in our midst, but chose not to complain. Wonderful people and karma will care for T.H.

The tearooms were also the venue for the tourists arriving via a state run bus. They would flood into the rooms and buy their tea and cream covered scones. If the boys happened to visit in the same time frame, I can only imagine what they thought of the strangely dressed patrons talking in what sounded like a foreign language.

Photo: 1962 Jim Keenan & Puppydog surfing outside Gallows on Barry Bennett surfboards from NSW. Photo courtesy Jim Keenan.

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Peter ‘Mac’ McDonald – Yallingup

In the late 60s when we travelled down south on weekends and the weather was poor, we would sleep in the public brick toilets or on Surfside’s side verandah. Later when we were working in the SW carting hay about 10 of us (George Simpson, Ronny Ratshit, Grant Robinson, Gary Kontoolas & others) used to sleep in our cars under the melaleucas. We had breakfast (tomato mince) & dinner with Bernie & Eve at Surfside.

Bernie must have felt sorry for us sleeping in our cars and offered the back toilet/shower block to George Simpson, Rick Lobe & I. We moved in to our plush accommodation.

When the hay job finished we went off picking spuds for the Smith family near Carbunup.

Photo: Early 1970s Moore River L-R Steve ‘Blue’ Nicholson, Peter McDonald, Jenny Limb & Micko Gracie – Photo courtesy of Peter Mac.

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Steve Carr – Yallingup

This is my best recollection of the fate of George Simpson’s old Ford Customline which was abandoned outside Surfside Yalls probably around 1970/71 (or thereabouts).

The car was parked out the front of Surfside for ages and we (along with a few others) used it to sleep in if we had too many for our own car.

Bernie had had enough of it sitting out the front and asked a few of us if we could get rid of it. I can’t remember how many of us there were involved in the disposal but it was a few, probably 5 or 6 at least. One of the guys that was down there a fair bit in those days was Ian Reid who lived on a dairy farm in Capel and he had a HR Holden that was probably the newest and best car of all the locals down there at the time.

Back then there would have only been no more than a dozen houses in the bay (if that) so we decided to tow it up the hill to the top of Wardanup Crescent and push it off the road into the bush. It did take a fair bit of effort to get it up the hill and I have a recollection that “Ronnie Ratshit” was sitting on the bonnet of the old bomb as Ian was towing it but I think we had to do a bit of pushing as well. Unfortunately poor Ian finished up burning his clutch out in the process of getting it up the hill so it become an expensive exercise for him!

Needless to say Bernie was happy that the car was gone and on the other side of ledger I suspect the poor bugger who eventually bought the block had the additional cost of getting rid of the old bomb from the area before they were able to start building.

Photo: 1974 Sydney NSW Steve Carr & some party animals. Photo courtesy of Steve Carr.

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Bruce King – Dunsborough

On stormy nights we used to sleep in the toilet block behind Surfside then wake up to a Bernie and Eve breakfast special of savoury mince on toast.

We also stayed at the Lurch house next door and quite often had card nights and séances which were downright scary at times. We communicated with the so called Yallingup ghost (he used to frequent the local area supposedly carry his head under his arm). The then president of WASRA Dr Ron Naylor was present on some occasions and could not explain the phenomena. After one session we predicted a lone swimmer who left from Cottesloe for a swim to Rottnest was apparently attacked and we would find his skull at a beach north of Perth. Trevor Burslem who was working with 6PR radio station at the time heard of this and followed it up. A skull was subsequently found on a northern beach and we gave away séances after that.

Photo: 1973 Bruce King at Three Bears. Photo courtesy of Bruce King.

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Louie ‘Longboard’ Corkill – Dunsborough

In the early 70s I used to mow lawns for Harbo and Pete Dyson to earn money for food at Surfside. Pete Dyson used to pay me out of an army sock with rolled up $20 notes.

Back then Andy Jones used to be a cook at Dunsborough Bakery. In winter time I used to pinch uncut loaves of warm bread off the hot rack, hollow them out and stick my feet in them to keep warm. Mark “Murf the surf” Brescoe and I used to sleep in the hedge next to the Dunno bakery.

I felt my first women’s tits under Tom Hoye’s Board Shop next to Surfside. I fondled the girl’s breasts while her mother was above us listening to Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night’.

Photo: 1975 Louie Corkill (age 16) at Mandurah with Len Dubben surfboard & Adler boardies. Photo courtesy of Louie Corkill.

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Russell Quinlivan – Busselton.

Here is a story, printable or not. It was a cold and wintery night, 1972 inside Surfside, with myself, Paul Galbraith, Charlie Dingbat, George Simpson and this drunk guy who owned the 2 holiday units next to Surfside. George and the drunk guy were playing pool for money as we watched on. This drunk dude kept trying to antagonize George after each of his losses, but George ignored it, as he was taking this guy’s money. After his 4th loss in a row, this guy started to verbally abuse George, and even poked George heavily in the chest. George remained calm. Then this guy did the unthinkable, he slapped George across the face. “Oh No,” we thought. George, thought for a second or so. There were 3 heavy laminex tables and chairs between the pool table and the front door, which parted like the Red Sea as George upper cut this guy to the front door, casually opened it and pushed him out. George must have had a lot of brownie points with Bernie, as Bernie never said boo about the mess that we all commenced to clean up. Hope you like my story. Sorry no Bloody photos. Ha.

Photo: 1970s Russell Quinlivan at Trigg Point. Photo courtesy of Peta Quinlivan.

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Laurie ‘Loz’ Smith – Quindalup surfer & photographer

In 73-74 my brother Tony & I would sleep in his split screen Kombi in the Yallingup car park. At that time there were no rangers and camping was free. After an early surf, we used to have a brekkie of sausages & eggs on toast and a cuppa at Surfside for 60c. We would play table soccer for 10c a game while we were waiting for brekkie. We used to fill up the Kombi at Surfside using the hand pump Petrol Bowser. Surfside was the only place to eat brekkie besides the Bakery at Dunsborough. Sally Jones used to work at the Bakery and made the biggest milkshakes. If Tony & I surfed elsewhere, we camped in the Kombi at Injidup, Rocky Point or under the melaleucas near the creek at Cowtown.

Photo: 1980s Yallingup Yal Mal contest. L-R Tim Eastwood, Peter Mac & Loz Smith. Tim & Loz are holding Rob Malcolm’s 8 footers. Peter Mac’s is holding a 9ft Cordingley board shaped by Bob Monkman. Photo credit Peter Mac.

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Mal Leckie – Queensland surfer & artist

I remember one funny morning at Surfside. When you ordered your meal you got a numbered ticket and then Eve would appear at the little side door-window thing and call out the number when it was ready. We all sat waiting and talking at the tables.

Eve came to the window and yelled out “99” but nobody came forward, so she put the meal aside and served a couple of others. Then she tried again with “99” a couple of times but nobody showed up. Then she got a bit edgy and yelled out a very loud “Ninety-bloody-nine” but still nobody responded as she stood there holding the plate and looking at the ticket. Everyone was quiet now as the mystery evolved and we were all waiting to see who it was that was going to cop a mouthful from Eve. But as she stood there with plate and ticket, she suddenly got a sheepish look on her face, then very quietly said, “oh, Number 66”.

The place erupted with belly laughs. I’m sure whoever had 66 will remember that, it was a classic.

Photo: 1973 Nedlands Mal Leckie & Tony Hart. Photo credit Faye Hart.

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Al Bean – Surfboard Shaper Dunsborough

In the early 70s I shaped surfboards for Gary Greirson in Osborne Park. Then I convinced Gaz to let me shape boards down south. In 1975 I moved down south and shaped 10 boards per week at an Ellenbrook Road rental property. I converted an old lean-to on the side of the house into a shaping bay. I surfed and shaped 2 boards per day & drove boards back to the city on a Friday night, socialised over weekend & then drove back to SW with surfboards blanks on a Sunday night.

Late in 77 my dad told me his accountant had a syndicate that had bought a caravan park and store in the SW and they wanted me to manage it for them. When I found out it was at Yallingup I was rapt. I became Manager of Surfside & the Yalls Beach Caravan Park on 20 Dec 1977 at age 20 years. I learnt to cook and employed local girls to help at Surfside.

Back then city surfers would sleep in cars in the car park and we would get up to 60 surfers waiting for breakfast each morning over the weekend. It was a different story during the week and we would be lucky to sell a choc milk & newspaper to Harbo at Hideaway Homes. So I would close the shop mid-week and go surfing. On a Wednesday I would play country darts at Caves House with all the House boys (local family).

Young Mark ‘Hillzee’ Hills used to cash soft drink bottles at the shop and then sneak around the back and pinch them to re-sell again (-:

I did a bit of grass slashing at the Caravan Park, but not much else. Leon Thomasian used to live in the Caravan Park and would hide in the long grass to avoid paying camping fees.

I managed Surfside and the Beach Caravan Park until 1979.

Photo: 1974 Al Bean (age 19) with Grierson Surfboard at South Point. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Leon Thomasian – Dunsborough

In the late 70s, I lived in Al Bean’s unkempt Caravan Park on Yallingup beach. The park was covered in double-gees and would puncture thongs. I was worked as a lighthouse keeper at Cape Naturaliste, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Leveque in the NW before heading over east.

In the 80s young Dane & Scotty Richardson lived in the Beach Caravan Park with their dad. The Richardson boys were like terrorists and got up to all types of mischief with Mark Hills.

Photo: 1978 Leon Thomasian at Meelup Valeey. Photo credit Vance Burrow.

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Mark ‘Hillsy’ Hills – Quindalup

Biggest memories for me at Surfside as kids were the pinball machines. It was 20 cents a game and to get money to play we used to go through the bins and look for cool drink bottles which you could cash in for 8 cents at Surfside. Would have been around 1978/79 and I was about 12 or thirteen. Tony and Coral Harbison owned Hide Away Holiday homes where we would stay through the holidays and down the side of their home they would stack cool drink bottles in crates left by guests . This was a treasure trove for the pinball machines. Me and Pete Felton thought it would be a good idea to knock off this treasure trove and cash it in a Surfside. We got busted by Harbo and being pretty bloody fair he offered us half the profit if we took the cool drink bottles over to Surfside instead of just taking them. This worked a treat as we also noticed that it was very easy to access where Surfside stacked their bottles. So we would carry Harbo’s bottles over, half the profit, then later take back our bottles from Surfside and cash them back in again. We played a lot of pinball .

Photo: 1990 Mark Hills surfing Rabbits on Mitch Thorson’s Campbell Bros Bonza surfboard. Photo Credit Kevin ‘Twiggy’ Sharland.

1990 Rabbits Mark Hills on Mitch Thorsons Campbell Bros bonza board - Twiggy Sharland pic

Refer to Surfing Down South book for Garth Hammond’s & George Simpson’s Surfside recollections.


Early days on Yallingup Hill

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1980s Yalls Prive's house & view -Prive & Mac pics

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.