Best Beaches in Geographe Bay
The beaches in Geographe Bay are protected, making the waters calm and warmer. These bays are some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia.
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Castle Bay & Castle Rock Beach
Castle Rock Beach is popular with photographers due to the rock formations of Sail Rock to the west and Castle Rock to the east. The granite rocks are particularly striking at sunrise, but late afternoon is also a good time to capture the rocks’ colours changing from vibrant orange to red.
Castle Bay is a picturesque spot making it ideal for picnics, and is less crowded than Meelup Beach.
You can walk to Castle Rock Beach from Dunsborough in around 50 minutes, or it’s a 5-minute drive.
The 500-metre walk to Meelup Beach is along the coastal track, passing by tiny beaches that hide behind granite rocks.
The next beach up the coast from Castle Bay is Meelup Beach. This stunning beach is known as one of the best beaches in the Margaret River region and is very popular with families. Meelup is the best beach for children to go swimming as there are tiny waves and Surf Lifesavers patrol in summer.
Locals and tourists flock here due to its picturesque soft white sand and turquoise, calm waters. The shaded grassed area above the beach is perfect for a picnic, or you can use one of the free BBQs. The car park is close to the beach with clean public changing rooms, toilets, and showers.
For those who don’t like sitting around, you can hire Stand Up Paddle Boards, kayaks, and bodyboards from Meelup Beach Hire. They also rent out beach volleyballs for use on the free nets and beach umbrellas to protect from the intense sun.
It can get crowded during the summer school holidays, so I advise getting there early to secure a parking spot.
People also come here to fish from the beach or moor their boats off the coast.
The sunsets are magical and a wonderful place to spend a balmy summer evening.
Read: Meelup Beach
Meelup Beach Accommodation: Our favourite place to stay close to Meelup Beach is at Cape Villas in Dunsborough.
Point Piquet is another beautiful bay a little further up Eagle Bay-Meelup Road. This small beach only appears in summer when the tide changes; otherwise, it’s more of a rocky cove. The water is sparkling clear and makes a stunning contrast against the orange granite rocks and the green coastal vegetation. Great for photographers. You may be able to spot whales from June to November. There’s a car park at Point Piquet and toilets.
As you carry along this spectacular coastal drive, you reach Eagle Bay, located in Meelup Regional Park. This beach is also a favourite with families, offering safe swimming, a wide expanse of white sand, and rock pools to explore.
We like to visit Eagle Bay in the morning and then stop at Eagle Bay Brewery for lunch. This craft brewery gets jam-packed, so it’s best to book ahead, especially in the summer months. The beer and wood-fired pizzas are great, plus there’s a children’s playground to keep the kids occupied.
Wise Wine is also close by, which has a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous views over the gardens and bay. Perfect for a romantic lunch or a girly afternoon.
Eagle Bay Accommodation: There are nearly 50 properties in Eagle bay on Stayz. Click here to view them.
Bunker Bay is 2 km of white sand on the Cape Naturaliste headland. It’s a perfect swimming beach but also excellent for snorkelling, fishing, and surfing.
We enjoy having an early breakfast at Bunkers Beach House (aka Bunker Bay Cafe) then heading down to the beach.
A little further up the road is Shelley Cove. This sandy bay and rocky headland are one of the most beautiful bays in the area. The water is crystal clear, and you can find good snorkelling on the reef and rocks just off the beach.
Shelley Cove is one of the few north-facing beaches in Western Australia.
Near the Cape Naturaliste tip are three well-known surf spots: Quarries, Lighthouse, and Windmills. Head to Surf Forecast for the best times to surf here and surf conditions.
Bunker Bay Loop is a 3.6 km walking trail up to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.
Read: Things to do in Dunsborough.
Bunker Bay Accommodation: We haven’t stayed at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River but it has been recommended to us by numerous friends who have loved staying there.
Best Beaches in the Margaret River region
The beaches on this side of the Margaret River region aren’t as pretty as the Geographe Bay beaches, but they have their own special qualities.
Yallingup is my favourite suburb to stay in the Margaret River region. I like that it is mainly residential, and the views along the coast from the top road are jaw-dropping. My favourite view, though, is as you turn the corner driving towards Yallingup. The view of the surf-battered coast and beach is mesmerising. We like to stop at one of the car parks to watch the surfers ride the huge waves.
It’s an excellent option for families with a calm lagoon and a fantastic children’s playground. The sparkling water in the lagoon makes it a great place to snorkel and look for marine life.
Yallingup Beach is also an excellent surfing spot and played an important part in the South West surfing history.
The last time we were in Yallingup, a mother whale and calf swam past us close to shore. It was first thing in the morning and made our day.
After a morning at the beach, we like to walk up to Caves House Hotel for lunch and an ice-cold beer.
Yallingup Accommodation: We have camped at the Yallingup Beach Caravan Park a few times and also stayed in a cabin there. Caves House Hotel and Apartments are one of the most popular choices in Yallingup and Seashells Yallingup is right next to Caves House Hotel.
Our preference is to rent one of the houses out on Stayz.
Just down the coast from Yallingup is Smiths Beach, which is accessed via Caves Road and Canal Rocks Road.
Smiths Beach is a large, flat, sandy beach backed by rugged dunes. It’s popular with surfers, and boogie boarders, with the Supertubes break being one of the best-known between Cape to Cape.
Injidup Natural Spa
Injidup Natural Spa is not technically a beach but became famous on Instagram due to its beauty. The Injidup beach is found along a walking trail from the Injidup car park. Waves fall over this natural rock pool formation, forming a natural spa.
This sand beach is close to Margaret River and popular with families swimming, snorkelling, and fishing. The reef provides calm conditions for the little kids to swim or paddle.
The lookout on the cliff provides spectacular views of the beach and river mouth.
If you visit Gnarabup Beach, make sure you try the delicious breakfast or lunch at the White Elephant Café. Not only is the food and coffee excellent, but the views over the ocean are beautiful.
Margaret River Accommodation: We stayed at Kings Landing, a luxurious property on the outskirts of Margaret River that sleeps up to eight guests.
South of Margaret River, not far from Augusta, is Hamelin Bay. If you are staying in Yallingup or Dunsborough, it’s a long drive but you can be combine it with a visit to one of the caves.
The main reason to visit Hamelin Bay is to see the stingrays that come close to shore. The best chance of seeing them is early morning when the water is calm. They hang around the boat ramp waiting for scraps from the fishing boats. If you stand there, they will come up to you. Just remember they are wild, so don’t touch them.
There are some fantastic wreck dives for advanced divers and a lot to see when snorkeling.
The observation deck provides spectacular views over one of the best Margaret River beaches.
Hamelin Bay Accommodation: The best place to find accommodation for Hamelin Bay and Augusta is on Stayz. We find them cheaper than Airbnb.
When to visit the best beaches in the Margaret River region
The hottest months are summer, December to February, where the average highs are 26/27 degrees. If you want to swim, these are the best months to visit the Margaret River region beaches. However, this is the most popular time of year, so accommodation prices are at their highest.
March, April, and November have warm 22-25 degree days with minimums of around 11. These months are a beautiful time for walks along the beaches and coastal paths.
If travelling late spring to early summer, be prepared that flies can be annoying this time of year, particularly near bushland.
From June to November, you may spot migrating whales from lookouts along the coast.
Wildflowers will be out from around August to November.
See the detailed 7-day forecast at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Location and how to get to the Margaret River region
Margaret River is in the South West region of Western Australia, Australia.
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Margaret River is a 3-hour drive along State Route 2, National Route 1, followed by State Route 10.
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