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How to get to The Aquarium: a spectacular hidden rockpool with clear waters near Yallingup, WA

Travellers are racing to this hidden natural rockpool with vibrant turquoise water – and it’s only a short walk off the beaten track

  • Aussies are raving about a spectacular rockpool hidden on the west coast
  • The Aquarium is near the town of Yallingup, three hours drive south of Perth
  • It is a calm lagoon with turquoise water protect from the surf by granite boulders
  • But it is no easy feat to get to as it lies at the bottom of a little-known track

Australian adventurers have discovered an enormous secluded rockpool with turquoise waters along an untouched coastline. 

The beachside oasis is aptly named The Aquarium and is tucked away between Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks near the West Australia town of Yallingup, three hours south of Perth. 

A popular spot for swimmers, beach-lovers and photographers alike, the picturesque lagoon is no easy feat to find and visitors will need to know exactly where to go to find it. 

Aussie travellers are flocking to a spectacular rock pool with crystal clear water hidden along Western Australia’s rocky coastline

The Aquarium is tucked away between Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks near the West Australia town of Yallingup, three hours south of Perth

The Aquarium is tucked away between Smiths Beach and Canal Rocks near the West Australia town of Yallingup, three hours south of Perth

A popular spot for swimmers, beach-lovers and photographers alike, the picturesque lagoon is no easy feat to find and visitors will need to know exactly where to go to find it

The Aquarium's calm, vibrant waters are protected from the surf by huge granite boulders the rugged coastline is littered with

A popular spot for swimmers, beach-lovers and photographers alike, the picturesque lagoon is no easy feat to find and visitors will need to know exactly where to go to find it

The Aquarium’s calm, vibrant waters are protected from the surf by huge granite boulders the rugged coastline is littered with. 

Its crystal clear waters are ideal for keen snorkellers to spend hours viewing the region’s incredible marine life including curious fish and crabs and colourful coral in their natural habitat. 

Visitors to The Aquarium are becoming more frequent as word gets out about the hidden gem and say travellers need to ‘be prepared for a bit of a hike down’ to get to the pool.

Tourists can travel towards to the ocean along Canal Rocks Road near Yallingup until they reach the small car park at the end. 

Its crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkellers to spend hours viewing the region's incredible marine life including curious fish and crabs and colourful coral in their natural habitat

Its crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkellers to spend hours viewing the region’s incredible marine life including curious fish and crabs and colourful coral in their natural habitat

Visitors to The Aquarium say travellers need to 'be prepared for a bit of a hike down' to get to the pool

From a small carpark, it is a 1.3kilometre walk downhill along a rough track through the rugged and rocky coastal bushland with stunning views of the ocean

Visitors to The Aquarium say travellers need to ‘be prepared for a bit of a hike down’ to get to the pool

One visitor called their time at The Aquarium a 'beautiful experience' while another urged people to 'pack their snorkel gear' if they want to make a day trip of the 'calm and safe haven'

One visitor called their time at The Aquarium a ‘beautiful experience’ while another urged people to ‘pack their snorkel gear’ if they want to make a day trip of the ‘calm and safe haven’

From there, it is a 1.3kilometre walk downhill along a rough track through the rugged and rocky coastal bushland with stunning views of the ocean.

While the track has small obstacles like protruding rocks and exposed tree roots, one travel blogger, Alex, said ‘you won’t even need your hiking boots’ to brave the ‘gravel off-shoot’. 

Another visitor called their time at The Aquarium a ‘beautiful experience’ while a third urged people to ‘pack their snorkel gear’ if they want to make a day trip of the ‘calm and safe haven’.

How do you get to The Aquarium rockpool in Yallingup, WA?

Set amongst the pristine Yallingup coastline, you’ll find the Aquarium by following the Canal Rocks Road until you find a small carpark, before you hit the descent to Canal Rocks. 

From the carpark, it’s a 1.3km walk to get to the Aquarium – to the right of what looks like a gravel lookout spot is a small trail, which you can follow down to the beach. 

About three hours’ drive from Perth, the Aquarium is on Wardandi Noongar boodja. 

Source: Perth is OK

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