Hamelin Bay Western Australia has lots to do besides sitting on a beach. It also has some pretty cool visitors and I’m not talking about you.
This small settlement was once the major port for the timber industry. However, the open sea mixed with violent storms was catastrophic for the shipping vessels. A particularly bad storm on 22 July 1900 sank three ships which led to the port being closed.
Hamelin Bay now only consists of its beautiful beach, a camping area, a kiosk, and toilets.
Location of Hamelin Bay Western Australia
Hamelin Bay is in the south west region of Western Australia. It is on the coast between Margaret River and Augusta.
It will take you just over a 3-hour drive from Perth and half an hour from the Margaret River region.
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Weather near Hamelin Bay
The hottest months are in our summer (Dec-Feb) where the average highs are 36 degrees. March, April & November still have warm 30 degree days and would suit you better if you don’t like the heat.
The coldest months are in winter; June to August. During this time, the temperature will be around 21 and a minimum of 9.
The most rain falls between May and August.
What To Do in Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay is well known in Western Australia for its sandy beach and the abundance of stingrays that visit here.
Snorkel around the bay and let these friendly creatures swim around you. If you don’t feel comfortable snorkelling, at certain times they head in close to shore to feed on the scraps left behind by fishermen.
You do need to time it though as the water can be quite choppy in the late afternoon and it’s harder to spot them. A summer morning is your best chance of seeing them when the ocean is clear and calm.
Just remember they are wild, so don’t get too close to them and don’t touch them. Although they are not normally aggressive, they will defend themselves if they feel threatened.
Tip: If you miss out on seeing them at Hamelin Bay, head down the road to Augusta. They sometimes come into the Blackwood River to feed on fish scraps outside the Turner Holiday Park. You might also see Dolphins and Pelicans here.
The beach is packed with fishermen in Autumn for the annual Salmon Run. It is such a huge event, that recreational fishermen contribute a staggering $331 million to the State’s economy each year. Schools of migrating Western Australian Salmon, which are different from the pink-fleshed Atlantic salmon, attract a large number of visitors to the Southwest.
Have a look at the images by SouthWestSaltWater, it’s incredible to see.
If you fish close to shore in a small boat, you might catch Herring, Whiting, and Skippy. Further out there is great fishing for Dhufish (my favourite), Pink Snapper, Samson Fish, and Queen Snapper.
Diving & Snorkelling
There are some fantastic wreck dives for advanced divers. In fact, there are 11 wrecks to explore in the Hamelin Bay Wreck Trail.
There’s a lot to see snorkeling too. Leeuwin Charters run Hamelin Bay Snorkel Adventure tours to Boranup Beach (to the wreck of the Katinka) followed by a stop at Hamelin Island.
The Cape to Cape Track runs through Hamelin Bay beach so why not walk part of it. It’s a 13 km return trail to Cosy Corner which will take approximately 4 hours. The walk does involve some short, steep sections but you will be rewarded with some magnificent views.
Hamelin Bay Observation Deck
Just a short walk along the Cape to cape track, leads you to the Hamelin Bay Observation Deck. From here, you have stunning views of the bay and an information panel on the history.
Hamelin Bay Facilities
There are public toilets, a boat ramp, and a kiosk to buy snacks from. However, there aren’t any BBQs or grassed area for picnics.
Camping and Accommodation near Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park offers a range of camping sites as well as self-catering accommodation. The camping grounds have amenities, washing facilities, a kiosk, a playground, barbecues, and a camp kitchen.
If you don’t want to stay at a caravan park, Augusta has a large variety of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets.
If you want to stay in a hotel, then I suggest staying in Margaret River.
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