Ellensbrook Homestead – is 4kms off Caves Road on Ellensbrook Road partially sealed offering access to historic homestead run by the National Trust a small fee applies for entry. Offers access to walk trails & grassed picnic area with permanent stream flowing alongside homestead. Great old Mulberry tree in summer for treats. The homestead built by the Bussell family over 100years ago, great bird watching & toilets. Access to beach for fishing & swimming is also there. A nice rock pool for summer swimming along the beach. Turnoff is 5km from Gracetown.
Seven kms south of Gracetown is the turn off to Margaret River.
Margaret River – the best fishing is at the mouth of the Margaret River at Prevelly Park. Found 8kms west of Margaret River. An excellent fishing area with great snorkelling and swimming beaches. A good boat ramp launches into a sheltered but reefy bay. The café has reopened for food on the far side of the bay.
Redgate Beach – is 3kms off Caves Road and has a monument marking the area where the ill-fated ship “georgette” was wrecked.
Contos – access is off Caves Road where you go into visit Lake Cave, tearooms at the cave site with all facilities. Access to coast is available down a 5km track and offers good views, great fishing & a sandy beach where we have seen a mother dolphin sheltering her new calf along the shoreline.
Boranup scenic drive through the towering Karri forests has many tracks through it and you can access the coast by 4x4. Point Road is one a nice spot about 6kms along Boranup Drive from the northern entry off Caves Road.
Hamelin Bay – The remains of the old jetty & 11 wrecks make this a Mecca for divers & anglers. A boat ramp and large parking area and beach access for 4x4’s is there. An excellent swimming beach and sheltered waters (though not in winter) 3kms off Caves Road and a Caravan park has a shop for you to buy from. Great fishing from the beach and rocky headland for herring and salmon and small boat fishing for pike and reef fishing. Some professional salmon fishing is done from here, crayfish is another species but get a license!
Friendly Stingrays are often seen & feed in the bay.
Cosy Corner – is a great fishing and snorkelling bay possible boat launching is via the beach ramp. Fishing from the rocks and beach is productive and the bay also has a nice swimming beach. Great views but an unsealed road into Cosy Corner.
Augusta – where the Hardy Inlet meets the sea at Flinders Bay 320km south of Perth. WA’s third oldest settlement, it offers you a myriad of fishing grounds for the angler who likes variety as well as plenty of things to do & see. There is several grassed picnic areas along the foreshore. Take a drive out past Flinders Bay along the scenic drive the Leeuwin Lighthouse. A new café is now open for a great coffee in the place where the two oceans meet!
Whales - season is late May – Sept.
Fishing – a dozen different venues can be sampled in and around Augusta. The Hardy Inlet is well known for black bream, whiting, silver bream, herring and mulloway. The upper reaches near Molloy Island are best for black bream and marron (local freshwater crayfish though you need a license for these tasty morsels!)
Rock and beach fishing are great towards the lighthouse and Skippy Rock (off scenic drive).
Offshore fishing is also good for pike, jewfish and snapper. The boat ramp at Flinders Bay is best for ocean access, as the mouth of the river can be dangerous. There are two boat ramps in town and another one near Molloy Island. Deepdene Beach and stinky Bay are top producers of salmon and silver bream during summer.
You can go on a whale watching cruise on Flinders Bay or a river cruise.
Marron - Alexander Bridge and Sues Bridge offer great spot s to try and get a feed of Marron but remember to get a licence, Fisheries Office in Busselton for all permits required.