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Western Australia’s Margaret River region is blessed with an incredible coastline that boasts an array of breathtaking beaches. We’ve chosen seven of the best beaches in Margaret River for those looking to for the perfect sand spot along the region’s stunning shoreline.
Not only is this corner of Western Australia blessed with countless vineyards, historic caves and gorgeous hiking trails, Margaret River also features a jaw-dropping coastline lined with the most beautiful sandy beaches you’re ever likely to find.
Most of the best beaches in Margaret River are secluded spots tucked away at the end of a narrow winding road. Sprawling along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Margaret River is home to some of the best beaches in Western Australia.
From the best spot for families, secluded heavenly havens, and the best place to catch some waves, there’s a beach for everyone in Margaret River.
Starting in the north and working south along the shore, we’ve listed seven of our favourite beaches in the Margaret River region. We’ve also added additional information on other local attractions and the best places nearby to eat where relevant.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay along Western Australia’s coast, we’ve also added our suggestions for the best accommodation near each beach. You can also search for accommodation throughout Margaret River here.
So without further ado, here’s our guide to seven of the best beaches in Margaret River.
First on our list of Margaret River’s best beaches is Busselton Beach in the north of the region.
Busselton also has a long, narrow coastline and plenty of facilities nearby, making it the best beach in Margaret River for families with young children.
On the beach next to the jetty are floating diving docks, as well as the Busselton Foreshore Swimming Enclosure, an area of sea that is sectioned off for safe swimming and playing in the sea.
Nearby on the promenade are playgrounds and parks for children to play in when they want to take a break from the water. There are also public toilets alongside the free car park.
Busselton Beach is world famous for its 2km wooden jetty that bends out into the ocean. It’s around a 25 minute walk to the end of the pier, or you can hop on jetty’s electric train, which will get you there in a jiffy.
At the end of the pier is an excellent underwater observatory, which has a 360 degree view of the incredible sea life that lives in the Indian Ocean.
You can buy a combined Underwater Observatory Tour ticket that includes the cost of return train ride along the Jetty with a guided tour of the observatory.
Busselton is one of the best places in Margaret River to see whales.
From September to December whale watching trips depart from Busselton every day.
Each year thousands of blue whales, Southern right whales and humpbacks swim in the waters around Margaret River, making this one of the best places in the world to get up close to these incredible animals.
There’s a good choice of restaurants, cafes and shops next to or near Busselton Beach.
You’ll also find plenty of cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bars along Busselton’s main street of Queen Street.
If you’re looking for a beach in Margaret River that has everything close at hand then Busselton could be the one for you.
See Also: The Best Things to Do in Margaret River
Yallingup Beach is one of the most well known Margaret River beaches and is a popular place for those looking to get out on to the water.
A long bay and strong tides makes Yallingup Beach popular with surfers. The strong winds out at sea also attracting windsurfing and kite-surfing.
On days when the sea is calm there’s also the option to snorkel and to see the marine life in the reef.
The waters off Yallingup beach are crystal clear and relatively shallow along this stretch of Margaret River’s coastline, making it perfect for first time snorkelers who want to explore the variety of sea life beneath the ocean.
South of the beach, along Yallingup Beach Road is Torpedo Rocks Lookout, which offers wonderful views across the coastline.
Next to the Yallingup Beach is also a small play area, plus there is free parking and public toilets.
There are plenty of things to do in Yallingup, including Ngilgi Cave. Ngilgi Cave is the most northern of the caves located in Margaret River, discovered by European explorers in 1899.
The cave features an incredible collection of stalactites and stalagmites and can be explored in an hour long semi-guided tour.
Dining options are limited near Yallingup Beach. The only place to eat here is Lagoon Yallingup, who make up for the lack of options by providing some of the best food in Margaret River.
While Lagoon’s kiosk serves light bites and good coffee, the restaurant offers excellent breakfast dishes and exquisite mains later in the day, all made from the finest ingredients.
Just a short drive south of Yallingup Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in Margaret River, Smiths Beach.
This huge beach is simply breathtaking and one of the best places to just kick back and relax in heavenly surroundings.
A raised walkway leads to the beach from the road, giving an elevated and complete view of the glorious yellow bay and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
A little quieter than Yallingup Beach, there’s every chance that you might have most of Smith’s Beach to yourself. If you feel the need to take a stroll, don’t skip the coastal views from Smiths Point at the south end of the beach.
Also, be sure to take in the views of the dramatic waves and craggy coastline a little further along the shore from the bridge that crosses the Canal Rocks.
Right next to the mouth of the Margaret River, Surfers Point beach in Prevelly is the surfing capital of the region.
The huge waves and winds that build around this stretch of the coastline have drawn surfers here for decades, making it one of the most popular of Margaret River’s beaches.
Many of the world’s best surfers come to Surfers Point to compete in the Margaret River Pro, a professional surf tournament that takes place each April.
Above the beach is a modern viewing platform that look out onto the sea. If you don’t fancy getting on the water you can watch the surfers tackle the waves from here instead.
Just a ten minute drive from the town of Margaret River, Surfers Point is also a wonderful place to come and watch the incredible sunsets that the region is famous for.
As well as the waves, Surfers Point is also one of the best places to see migrating humpback whales between June and December each year.
There are a couple of good food options near Surfer Point.
The Sea Garden Cafe on Mitchell Drive offers a range of different meals with friendly service and the typically laid back atmosphere you’d expect from a surf town. The Hooked Up Fish & Chips food truck is open from 3.00 – 6.00pm on Mondays and Fridays.
Practically a stone’s throw from Surfers Point and only a ten minute drive from Margaret River, Gnarabup Beach is a beautiful beach sitting along a typically gorgeous bay.
Gnarabup Beach is a haven for local swimmers and surfers who are often spotted in or on the water early each morning.
With it’s small jetty and floating dock out at sea, Gnarabup Beach is also very popular spot for young families.
For the best views of the shoreline and the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, take the short stroll to the Gnarabup Lookout just south of the beach.
Continue south from the Gnarabup Lookout to reach Gas Bay, another idyllic beach just around the coast.
The excellent White Elephant Cafe sits on the shoreline overlooking Gnarabup Beach and the deep blue ocean. The White Elephant’s superb location and fantastic food makes it one of the best places to eat in Margaret River and the perfect place for a spot of breakfast or lunch.
Redgate Beach is a beautiful wide beach just a 15 minute drive from the town of Margaret River.
Redgate Beach is book-ended by the craggy rocks that shipwrecked the SS Georgette in 1876. Legend has it that the wreck of the boat can still be seen from the shore when the sea is calm and the tide is low.
The huge waves that are common all along Margaret River’s coastline attracts a regular flow of surfers to Redgate beach.
However, as there are few facilities close by, and despite being so close to the town of Margaret River, the vast, gorgeous and golden Redgate Beach is always relatively quiet. This is especially true when compared to other beaches in the region.
Redgate Beach is one of the best beaches in Margaret River if you’re looking for a secluded spot to relax and soak in some sun.
Redgate Beach is close to the cluster of fascinating underground caves that sit at the southern end of Caves Road. The nearest, Calgardup Cave, is just a ten minute drive from Redgate Beach.
Stingrays stalk the shoreline at Hamelin Bay beach, Margaret River
Hamelin Bay Beach is the best beach in Margaret River for getting up close to some of the region’s sea creatures. Hamelin Bay Beach is famous for the many friendly and inquisitive stingrays that swim in its waters.
Protected by local laws that protects them from fishing, large groups of stingrays gather at a stretch of Hamelin Bay Beach, fearlessly approaching the shoreline.
Often on the hunt for scraps of fish offered by locals, the stingrays love to loiter and are even happy to be touched.
The white sands of Hamelin Bay Beach stretch for as far as the eye can see to the north, curling around Margaret River’s breathtaking coastline into the distance.
For the best views of the beach, take a stroll to the Hamelin Bay Observation Deck at the southern end of the beach.
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