9 Spectacular Beaches You Must Visit in the Margaret River Region
The Margaret River region is well known for its outstanding vineyards and winemaking. Additionally, the picturesque setting is simply breathtaking, but the glory of this region in Western Australia does not stop there. The Margaret River region is bordered by the Indian Ocean, making it home to some of the most magnificent beaches on earth.
Have a look at nine of the best beaches the region has to offer.
In this article, you will discover 9 of the most amazing beaches you must visit in the Margaret River Region.
1. Shelley Cove
Bunker Bay Road, Naturaliste, Western Australia
Shelley Cove is a fabulous, secluded cove nestled at the base of limestone cliffs. The beach is about 100 metres wide and rocky in some spots. While the rocks can make swimming difficult, snorkelling in the region is second to none. There are challenging hikes in the area as well.
The area is a great place to spend some time fishing, especially when the salmon are running.
While you are visiting Shelley Cove, make time to stop at Rocky Point. The view is remarkable, and it is one of the few places in Western Australia where you can watch the sun or moon rise over the ocean.
2. The Grannies Pool (Granny’s Pool)
Augusta, WA, 6290
While not expressly a beach, The Grannies Pool is a fantastic place to enjoy the natural wonders at the furthest point of land on the southwest coast.
Grannies Pool is a family-friendly area, a serene harbour in the middle of the ocean coast. An outcrop of rocks forms the naturally occurring pool. Visitors can hunt for crabs, swim, or enjoy snorkelling in the shallow areas of the pool.
Picnicking under the shady trees is a favourite activity for those wishing to remain dry. The Grannie’s Pool is an ideal place to get some sun and relax in the original wild southwest.
3. Meelup Beach
Dunsborough, Western Australia
Located not far from Dunsborough, Meelup Beach is picture-postcard perfection. Stunning turquoise waters caress soft white sand flanked by shady, grassy areas and make Meelup Beach an irresistible destination for locals and tourists alike.
Visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the clear water and follow up with a picnic for a perfect beach day. Meelup Beach offers visitors modern toilet and shower facilities as well as space for changing.
Those wanting a better look at the area can follow a coastal track that winds along the stunning coast. Unforgettable views truly take your breath away as you journey along Meelup Beach.
4. Smith’s Beach
Smith’s Beach Rd, Yallingup,Western Australia 6282
Situated between two popular tourist spots, Smith’s Beach is surprisingly serene and frequently uncrowded. The pure white sand and brilliant turquoise water call out to those who are nearby, beckoning them for a pleasant afternoon visit.
Swimming in the clear water and strolling along the expanse of soft white sand are popular activities. The more adventurous visitors may join in on the fun surfing, as Smith’s Beach is well known by local surfers.
It is an easy walk to reach local cafes and other tourist activities located in either Bunker Bay or Yallingup Beach.
5. Margaret River Mouth
Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285
Margaret River Mouth is where the Indian Ocean and The Margaret River meet. The natural beauty of the area is mesmerizing. But visitors can do much more than take in the powerful scene of the river emptying into the ocean.
Surfers find this area especially appealing as it is usually less crowded than nearby Surfer’s Point. Margaret River Mouth is also a fantastic spot for walking. Well maintained trails will direct you past some breathtaking views.
The beach is open 24 hours, and there are excellent facilities, including showers, toilets, and changing rooms.
6. Gnarabup Beach
Margaret River, Western Australia, 6285
Sometimes described as the world’s largest swimming pool because of the calm inlet protected by a large reef, Gnarabup Beach is a popular and beautiful destination for surfers, swimmers, hikers, and families.
The beach has golden sand that slopes towards the ocean. It is here that calmer waves welcome swimmers. There is a public boat launch for those looking to enjoy a day on the water, and dogs are welcome on the cliff hiking trails above the beach.
The café, south of the boat ramp, is a welcoming place for one and all to enjoy the comfortable community feel that is prevalent all year round. You can also find well-maintained facilities next to the car park.
7. Bunker Bay
Bunker Bay Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281
A sheltered location from prevailing winds, Bunker Bay, is an incredible example of natural beauty existing beside modern convenience. The beach maintains the feel of the Margaret River region. Untouched brush adds a remote feel to a place that also boasts modern facilities and a café.
The relatively calm waters make Bunker Bay an ideal location for family fun. It is also popular with snorkelers and fishing enthusiasts, as well as those who want to pitch a beach umbrella and enjoy the peaceful sound of the waves.
8. Flinders Bay
Davies Road, Augusta, Western Australia
Flinders Bay is a gorgeous well-kept secret, and numerous beach enthusiasts are unaware of its existence. The beach is soft white sand, and it is visible through the crystal-clear ocean water. Granite rocks jut out into the ocean and serve as a natural defence from harsh waves. There are two jetties at Flinders Bay as well.
Onshore there are grassy areas and shaded spots to relax. Picnic tables, a gas barbecue, and a well-kept children’s play area are available for public use. Additionally, visitors can access toilet facilities and outdoor showers. The entire family can enjoy a day at the beach as dogs are welcome at Flinders Bay.
The adventurous can explore the boulders and swim out to the reef about 50 meters offshore. Fishing, walking, and taking in astonishing beauty are all popular activities.
9. Yallingup Beach
Yallingup, Western Australia 6282
Yallingup means “place of love” in the Wardandi Aboriginal language, and there is no doubt that it is love at first sight for visitors to the beach. There are two different sides to Yallingup Beach. The lagoon is a serene swimming location. Because a shallow reef encircles it, the Yallingup lagoon does not experience the tumultuous waves that made the second section of the beach famous.
Some claim that surfing began at Yallingup; while this may be a bit of folklore, it is easy to make a case for its validity. The fantastic beach break beckons surfers from around the world, and this is the site of many surfing competitions. Observation platforms are situated above the beach for visitors who enjoy watching the surfers.
The beach and lagoon areas are family-friendly with modern facilities, picnic areas, and a unique playground. Dogs are welcome in specified areas, and there are clear signs so pet owners will know where Fido may roam.
With so many fantastic options, the beaches of the Margaret River region call out to visitors to settle in and stay for a while. Summer is the busiest time, but you can be sure of outstanding sights any time of the year.
If you are thinking about taking a holiday to the Margaret River region, be sure to include a stay at the incomparable Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge. This gorgeous and secluded getaway offers luxury and privacy in the heart of the Margaret River region. It is an ideal home away from home, allowing easy access to numerous area beaches, wineries, restaurants, and wilderness areas.
To learn more about Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge, feel free to reach out for more information. You can also see our accommodations online. And while you are on Forest Rise’s website, check out the suggestions for fun in the region as well as customer reviews.