The Best Beaches in Margaret River Western Australia

The Best Beaches in Margaret River

Seven of the Most Beautiful Beaches of Margaret River

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 Margaret River beaches for those looking to explore the area’s stunning shores.

Not only is the region 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.

Many of the best beaches in Margaret River are serenely secluded spots tucked away at the end of a narrow winding road, perfect for relaxing in the sun. Others are a mecca for surfers, whilst there are many sandy spots that are ideal for young families.

Here’s our list of seven of the best beaches in Margaret River.

The Best Beaches in Margaret River

Perth to Margaret River Road trip
Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach is a beautiful wide beach just a 15 minute drive from the town of Margaret River. The beach is book-ended by 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. Yet despite being so close to the town of Margaret River, this gorgeous and vast golden beach is sufficiently tucked away to keep it relatively quiet 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.

Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay - Margaret River beaches
Perth to Margaret River road trip

Stingrays stalk the shoreline at Hamelin Bay beach, Margaret River

Hamelin Bay is the best beach in Margaret River for getting up close to some of the region’s sea creatures. Hamelin Bay is famous for the many friendly and inquisitive stingrays that swim in its waters. 

Protected by local laws that makes fishing for them illegal, large groups of stingrays gather at a stretch of Hamelin Bay, 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 stretch for as far as the eye can see to the north, curling around Margaret River’s breathtaking coastline into the distance.

Gnarabup Beach

Gnarabup Beach in Margaret River
Early morning swimmers in the sea at Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River

A 15 minute drive north of Redgate beach, 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.

Gnarabup is just a ten minute drive from Margaret River. The excellent White Elephant Cafe that sits on the shoreline overlooking the ocean is also a major draw, making this the best beach in Margaret River to get breakfast. The White Elephant’s picture perfect location and fantastic food makes it an idyllic spot for breakfast and lunch with one of the most beautiful views in Margaret River.

Yallingup Beach

Yallingup Beach in Margaret River beaches
Kite surfers out at sea at Yallingup beach, 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 a haven for surfers, with 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.

Smiths Beach

Smith's Beach - one of the best Margaret River beaches
Beautiful Smiths Beach in Margaret River

Sandwiched between Canal Rocks and Yallingup Beach in the north of the region is one of Margaret River’s most spectacular beaches, Smiths Beach. This huge beach is simply breath-taking and easily one of the best beaches in Margaret River. 

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. 

Quieter than Yallingup, Smiths Beach is a perfect place to while away a few hours on Margaret River’s gorgeous coastline. If you’re lucky there’s every chance that you might have most of it to yourself. If you’re looking for a sandy spot to relax and soak up the sun then Smiths Beach is possibly the best beach is heaven on earth.

Surfers Point

Surfer's Point beach in Australia's Margaret River
Surfers Point beach in Prevelley

Right next to the mouth of the Margaret River, Surfers Point beach in Prevelly is – as its name suggests – 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 best surfers from all over the world are drawn in by the huge waves that crash in from the Indian Ocean.

Above the beach are several platforms 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. Surfers Point is also one of the best places to see migrating humpback whales between June and December each year.

Busselton Beach

The last of our Margaret River beaches is found at the popular seaside town of Busselton 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 near the jetty are floating diving docks, and on the promenade nearby are playgrounds and parks for children to play in. 

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.

Busselton Jetty - Margaret River beaches
Busselton beach's famous two kilometre jetty

Busselton beach is also well known for its world famous 2km wooden jetty that bends out into the ocean. At the end of the pier is an excellent underwater observatory which has a 360 degree view of the incredible sea life that lives out in the Indian Ocean. 

Back on shore there’s also a host of restaurants, cafes and shops along Busselton’s waterfront. If you’re looking for one place that has everything close at hand Busselton’s beach could be the one for you.

Need Somewhere to Stay in Margaret River?

If you’re looking to find somewhere to stay close to any of these Margaret River beaches you can search for all types of accommodation to suit any budget across the region on here.

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