Meelup Beach is a popular beach near Dunsborough in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Why go there? Well, it has to be one of the most picturesque beaches in this region. The white sand and turquoise water make a stunning combination.
Location of Meelup Beach
Meelup Beach is located in Meelup Regional Park, off Cape Naturaliste Road. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from Dunsborough.
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Meelup Beach is protected by Geographe Bay which means that the water is calm a lot of the time. This makes it the ideal place for kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.
Lifeguards patrol during the summer months so it is a very safe beach for young children.
There are clean public changing rooms with showers and toilets too if you want to get changed before or after visiting the beach.
The grassed area adjacent to the beach is shaded by trees so it is a great spot for a family picnic. Free BBQs and picnic tables are also scattered around.
It is surrounded by bushland and there are coastal trails through Meelup Regional Park which will provide you with stunning ocean views. The tracks are easy and suitable for families too.
We have seen whales from this beach during their annual migration. Both times it has been around the end of September so bring a pair of binoculars if you are here during whale watching season.
This beach is a perfect addition to your family holiday.
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed though.
Weather near Meelup Beach
The driest month is January and the wettest is June.
February is the hottest month with an average of 21.6 °C while July is the coolest when it’s around 13.2 °C.
The average for the water temperature is 19.7°C with the highest being 21.8°C in February. The lowest is around 17.30°C in September.
I would say the best time to visit is late December to late March if you are there for water-based activities. However, we have been in the winter for coastal walks and it has been beautiful.
Fishing at Meelup Beach
Meelup Beach is a fantastic place to fish. You can catch salmon, herring, whiting, skipjack, and blue swimmer crabs from the beaches of Geographe Bay at various times of the year.
However, you do need to be aware of the bag limit, sizes, and where you can fish within Meelup Regional Park.
You can find out more by reading the ‘Department of Fisheries Recreational Fishing Guide.’
Surfing at Meelup Beach
Surfing is best left to the winter months when there’s a big swell. There are several surfing spots including Rocky Point, Point Piquet and Castle Bay.
Safety at Meelup Beach
Despite what you might think, shark attacks are rare in Australia. To minimise your risk, swim at patrolled beaches, avoid cloudy days and dusk/evening time, and don’t swim a long way offshore or near deep water drop-offs. I would avoid spearfishing too. More information can be found on the Surf Lifesaving site.
Swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags. Try to swim with a buddy so you can keep a look out for each other and signal for help if needed. Also, check the boards on the entrance to the beach as they will give you any important and up to date safety information.
Marine stingers are a part of life for us in Perth. The two most common types are the bluebottle (physalia) and hair jelly (cyanea). Most of the time, they cause discomfort but they can also be very painful. These are non-tropical stingers and aren’t fatal. Again, check with the Surf Lifeguards to see if any are present and they can advise you what to do if you get stung.
Mosquitos can transmit Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) in Western Australia. The best act of defense is to avoid being bitten by applying repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and avoiding peak biting times (dusk). Fight the Bite have a good article if you want more information.
When going to the beach, ALWAYS apply sunscreen. The Australian sun is brutal and you can burn in 15 minutes without it. It’s also good to wear a hat, long sleeve top, sunglasses and seek shade.
This Meelup Beach Cafe is on Sheens Road, just off Meelup Beach Road (please note that Sheens Road is unsealed and you may not be covered if you have a hire vehicle).
Meelup Farmhouse offers a brunch and lunch menu as well as picnic hampers. It is an outdoor venue, so make sure to bring something warm when the weather is cooler.
They are open Thursday – Monday 9 am – 5 pm but the kitchen closes at 4 pm.
We use mainly Viator and Get Your Guide for all our tour bookings as they are competitively priced and often offer free cancellation.
Other Things To Do near Meelup Beach
The Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory is another incredible attraction to visit while in this area.
If your kids need to run off some energy, stop at Simmo’s Ice Creamery for some ice cream and a play.
If it’s a drink and some lunch you’re after, head to Eagle Bay Brewery.
There are lots of things to do in Dunsborough.
For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.
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