Water activities

The local region is abound with coastal & forest activities

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Local Beaches & Coastline

Australia's South West has 1,147 kilometres of coastline which changes from tranquil bays to rugged granite headlands and cliffs within a few kilometres. This diversity adds to the beauty of the region and means there is something for everyone - from the exhilaration of a cliff top walk to a stroll along a sandy white beach.

For those that love the water there are endless possibilities and Australia's South West's sheltered bays have created some wonderful swimming beaches.

Beach Safety

Australian beaches are among the best in the world.  We hope you enjoy them, but please take a moment to read Surf Life Saving Western Australia information on patrolled and unpatrolled beaches and coastal safety tips to make sure your visit to a South West beach is a safe and enjoyable one.

We suggest swimming at beaches that are patrolled by surf life savers, especially if you are unfamiliar with Australian beaches.

Best Swimming Beaches

The pristine waters of Geographe Bay is an ideal spot for swimming and playing with its calm and protected waters stretching from Bunbury to Dunsborough. Stretching south from Yallingup to Augusta, the west coast provide protected lagoons and sandy beaches while the big ocean surf rolls further out. The remote south coast of the Great Southern Ocean boast turquoise waters, spectacular beaches and unique rock formations.

Back Beach, Bunbury: Easy access, good for a swim after a day of shopping! Geographe Bay, Busselton: close to Busselton Jetty, cafés and picnic facilities. Meelup Beach and Bunker Bay, Dunsborough: picture-perfect, with brilliant white sand. Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River: tucked in a protected bay with a café on site. Hamelin Bay, near Augusta: Secluded camp spot, great for families who love the outdoors.

Whale Watching

After having been hunted almost to extinction until the 1970’s, the whale population has recovered to such a level that an estimated 35,000 whales migrate from the Antarctic to our warmer waters every year. With a 6-month season, from June to early December, Your Margaret River Region is one of the best places to whale watch in Australia.

The Humpback whales then head directly up north, where the pregnant females who mated last year have their calves (babies). They then return to Geographe Bay near Busselton and Dunsborough where they rest and nurse their young from September to early December.

You can watch the action unfold on the horizon from the shore, along the Cape to Cape Track or from the top of a lighthouse, or get up close on a whale watching cruise departing from Augusta, Dunsborough and Busselton throughout the season.

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