Originally developed as a recreation area, Yanchep never quite managed to fulfil the promises of it's developers. Other enterprises drawn to the area like the Atlantis Marine
Park fared no better than the rest of Yanchep and nearby Two Rocks. Much to the relief of conservationists, the dolphin prison closed down many years ago.
Although sadly it left several dolphins completely dependant on humans, and they could not be returned to the wild.
Things have settled down in Yanchep now, and it is no longer the mad development orientated place it was back in the 1980s but that is certainly not the case just south where
the suburbs of greater Perth are swallowing the native bushland in huge chunks.
It won't be too long before there is an unbroken swathe of suburbia reaching all the way from Mandurah, to Two Rocks.
Apart from the beach, one of the major attractions in the area is Yanchep National Park.
The name is believed to be from the Aboriginal word yanget which means bulrushes - which grow along the shores of a nearby lake. The name was first recorded a
Lake Yanchep in September 1866 by Assistant Surveyor Robert Quin.
The area was once used as a sheep station but suburban development began when Alan Bond purchased 8,100 Ha in 1970.
Perhaps it was all just too far away from central Perth at the time but the development stagnated and eventually Bond sold out to the Tokyu Corporation.
The now very well known Spud Shed chain of stores can trace its origins back to the Yanchep area from 1965.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
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Coastal scenery, Yanchep NP.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
Yanchep Inn, Neptune statue at Two Rocks.
State : Mindarie
Federal : Pearce
Postcode : 6035
Local Government : City of Wanneroo
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