Top places to visit
You’ll fall in love with the glorious coastline of the City of Joondalup and the locales of Hillarys Boat Harbour and Yellagonga Regional Park.
Here are some favourite destinations to help you discover the charm and natural beauty of our district.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
Hillarys Boat Harbour is one of Western Australia’s top award- winning tourist attractions offering a wide appeal of day time and night life entertainment. It is home to AQWA – the Aquarium of WA, boasting the largest aquarium and underwater glass tunnel in Australia.
Hillarys is the perfect place for kids with beautifully groomed public parklands and a sheltered beach easily accessible by pram or wheelchair. Visitors can enjoy leisure and adventure activities such as boat cruises, seasonal whale watching, jet skiing, deep-sea fishing, diving, jet boarding and helicopter flights.
Hillarys is also the perfect place to relax with a great variety of bespoke art and souvenir shops, cocktail bars, fine-dining and family-friendly restaurants.
For more information visit Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Joondalup City Centre
With direct train access from the Perth CBD, Joondalup city centre can be explored by foot or by Urbi Bike.
Take a stroll out of Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City into the laneways of Joondalup city centre and enjoy alfresco cafes and independent retailers. Visit the Joondalup Art Gallery or head to Central Park for a rejuvenating walk through native bushland.
Yellagonga Regional Park
The City of Joondalup is home to Yellagonga Regional Park, often called the Kings Park of the north. The park is best explored from the historic site of Neil Hawkins Park, situated only a short stroll from the Joondalup City Centre.
Yellagonga is Joondalup’s best hidden secret. Nature lovers can walk through the native bushland that surrounds the 16-km circuit around Lake Joondalup, home to long-necked turtles, kangaroos and black cockatoos.
Mullaloo Beach is a popular swimming and surfing beach, ideal for children of all ages, Take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean or laze on the soft white sand. Enjoy a stroll, run or a bike ride on the beach paths that connect Mullaloo to neighbouring beaches along the coast.
Children will enjoy playing in the superb playground facilities and parklands overlooking the beach. Bring along a picnic lunch and settle down under the shady trees for the afternoon or indulge in a feast of fish and chips whilst admiring the stunning Western Australian sunset. Head to Mullaloo North for a great session of surf.
The Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club provides peace of mind with lifeguard patrols on weekends and public holidays, while midweek lifeguard patrols are provided by the City in conjunction with Surf Life Saving WA.
Sorrento Beach offers excellent family swimming and turquoise water laps against pure white sand, making it an idyllic spot for a relaxing afternoon of beach fun. The City of Joondalup in conjunction with the State Government installed a beach enclosure at Sorrento Beach in late 2016. Please note: Due to the current condition of the beach enclosure and recent storm events the City is unable to guarantee that the enclosure will restrict the entry of marine life, possibly including sharks, into the swimming area. The City advises that, as with all other beaches, you swim at your own risk.
At its November 2020 meeting, Joondalup Council unanimously resolved to remove the Sorrento Beach enclosure due to the compromised integrity of the structure.
Removal of the existing structure is likely to commence on Monday 23 November 2020. Some sections of the beach will not be available for use by the public during this time.
The City will investigate options for the provision of a replacement enclosure. This will enable the City to adequately investigate and plan appropriately to implement a new enclosure, aided by the lessons learnt from the Sorrento Beach enclosure.
Sorrento Beach is located directly south of the bustling Hillarys Boat Harbour which is home to plenty of restaurants and cafes, as well as the Aquarium of Western Australia.
The Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club provides peace of mind with lifeguard patrols on weekends and public holidays, while midweek lifeguard patrols are provided by the City in conjunction with Surf Life Saving WA.
A family favourite, Burns Beach is a sheltered swimming spot that sits within the wildlife-rich waters of Marmion Marine Park. Walk the coastal path, relax on the white-sand beach, barbecue in the grassed parks, or just sit atop the limestone cliffs and drink in a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset.
Look out for seabirds, dolphins, sea lions, rays and a huge diversity of other species from the lookout points. Interpretive signs along the way provide insights into the native flora, fauna and history of the area.
Dine ocean-side at the café, or try chasing some fish by throwing in a line from the groyne or northern end of the beach.
Pinnaroo Point is an excellent spot for intermediate and expert kite surfers during the day and a great fishing spot at night.
Hillarys Dog Beach and Whitfords Horse Beach
To the south of Pinnaroo Point, visitors can head to Whitfords Horse Beach and Hillarys Dog Beach, a stretch of coastline dedicated to the exercising of horses and dogs. With increased parking, mobile food vendors and a dog washing service, the horse beach and the dog beach make for a great day out for the family and animal enthusiasts.