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Canal Rocks Boardwalk

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by Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer with an interest in science communication. Always looking for new experiences and discoveries!
Published December 26th 2015
Walk over the canal rocks
ocean, canal rocks, yallingup
Canal Rocks Boardwalk. Pic: Lagom Agency
Canal Rocks is a unique geological formation on the coast near Yallingup. It is comprised of granite gneiss rocks which have been weathered over time by the crashing waves to form a canal shape.

Canal Rocks has a fantastic timber boardwalk (narrow in places) which takes you right out onto the rocks. This is a great vantage point for photography or to simply watch the sun setting. If you're more adventurous you can walk onto the rocks and check the rock pools for crabs and other critters, but remember not to touch! During summer the waters are calmer, but in winter and during storms the waves crash ferociously over the rocks and you can see just how this weathering process takes place.

The bay behind the rocks is stunning and suitable for snorkelling in calm weather. You can also get a nice vantage point for photographs further up the hill in one of the car bays. The only thing other than unspoilt coastline and vegetation is rooftops from the nearby resort.
canal rocks, yallingup
Canal Rocks. Pic: Lagom Agency

Canal Rocks is very accessible and you can virtually step out of the carpark onto the boardwalk, with an ACROD bay also located here. The first section of the boardwalk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, but it becomes too narrow after this. Because of this accessibility it's a popular tourist stop, not the place if you're after something quiet and exclusive.

The Canal Rocks carpark also has toilets which makes it a great base or rest step to tackle some of the Cape to Cape track. If you have limited time in the area, or curious kids, this is a great little spot. Canal Rocks is in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park so dogs are not permitted.
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Why? Stunning natural beauty
When: All year
Where: Canal Rocks
Cost: Free
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