The south coast of Western Australia is famous for its beautiful beaches, and the Albany beaches are no exception.
Every beach in Albany has powdery white sand and refreshingly chilly water that’s as clean and crystal clear as could be.
But apart from that, the Albany area has a wonderful variety of all different types of beaches:
- Deserted, virtually inaccessible and trecherous beaches pounded by ferocious waves, and backed by towering dark cliffs
- Popular beaches with playgrounds, cafes and picnic areas
- Long, flat almost endlessly long beaches where you can walk in peace and solitude
- Gentle, protected coves of bright blue calm water edged by rounded granite rocks
- Beaches with good surf and fishing
- Beaches with calm shallow water that are always safe for swimming
Chances are, whatever type of beach you like, you will find it in Albany.
Middleton Beach – Albany’s Main Beach
Image sourced from RobertPaulYoung on Flickr.
The main beach in town is Middleton Beach, because it’s the closest beach to the city centre.
This long beach in the deepest reaches of King George Sound has small to medium sized waves that can often be quite good for surfing or boogieboarding.
A grassy picnic area shaded by Norfolk Island pines, shops and cafes near by, plus a jetty and a pontoon for jumping off make Middleton Beach a fun place for family picnics and swimming. Occasionally whales come right in close to Middleton Beach.
More Sheltered Swimming Beaches of King George Sound – Albany Beaches in Frenchman Bay
- Barker Bay
- Fisheries Beach (Whaling Cove)
- Goode Beach & Mistaken Island
- Frenchman Bay Beach
- Whale World Beach (also known as Frenchman Bay or Whalers Cove)
- Misery Beach
The beaches of Frenchman Bay in King George Sound, along the sheltered north and eastern shores of the Torndirrup Peninsula have gentle waves, making them just perfect for swimming, snorkeling and safe rock fishing.
Two of the most popular Albany beaches, Goode Beach and Frenchman Bay Beach, are close to houses and have picnic areas with barbeques. The other beaches of Frenchman Bay are slightly more remote, and rarely have more than one or two people on them.
Wild and Wavy Torndirrup Beaches
Over on the other side of the Torndirrup Peninsula, facing south and east into the open ocean, are a few other stunningly beautiful beaches in amongst the dramatic cliffs and headlands:
- Salmon Holes
- Cable Beach
- Flinders Isthmus Beaches
- Sand Patch
These beaches are rough and wavy when the swell’s up, but Salmon Holes can occasionally be good for swimming in calm conditions.
Calm Inlet and Harbour Beaches of Albany
The calm sheltered waters of Princess Royal Harbour and Oyster Harbour are bordered by some pleasantly peaceful beaches.
The beach at Emu Point (Oyster Harbour) is a popular Albany picnic and swimming spot, especially with families. Here you’ll find a grassy park, calm water for swimming, a playground, a small marina and plenty of pelicans. If you have a boat, the beach opposite Emu Point in Gull Rock NP is a great place to anchor for a swim.
My favourite Albany Harbour beach is the incredibly peaceful Bramble Beach in Princess Royal Harbour, near Camp Quaranup.
Gull Rock National Park Beaches
The entire northern shoreline of King George Sound is protected by the Gull Rock National Park. This coastline has beautiful secluded beaches backed by bushland, but they are less accessible than those of Frenchman Bay on the other side of the Sound.
Ledge Beach in Boiler Bay is at the end of Ledge Beach Road (gravel) through the Gull Rock National Park. This beautiful Albany beach has wonderful views of King George Sound and its islands and is a good alternative to the Frenchman Bay beaches if they are windy.
Gull Rock Beach is also accessible for 2WD vehicles (by the gravel road to Ledge Point), but to get to Ben Dearg Beach you need a 4WD, or else walk around Islet Point from Nanurup. Like Nanurup, Ben Dearg is a particularly good Albany Beach for fishing and surfing.
Nanurup Beach east of Albany is easy to get to from town, but is far enough away to feel wild and free. This beach faces south and usually has large breaking waves. It’s one of Albany’s favourite beaches for fishing and surfing.
Between Islet Point and the large rock at the western end of the beach is a small cove that’s more protected than the rest of the beach. It’s a nice, calm place for a swim if you don’t like big waves.
Below: Nanurup Beach Lagoon at Islet Point. Thanks to Leigh Diprose Photography – if you like beautiful WA landscape photos, check out Leigh’s blog, camerasmash.com.
From the swimming lagoon, you it’s an easy walk over the headland to beautiful Ben Dearg Beach.
Two Peoples Bay
The Most Beautiful Albany Beaches of All!
Two Peoples Bay is where the most exquisitely beautiful beaches in Albany are to be found. This huge bay faces east and is somewhat sheltered from large waves by this orientation. The main beach is long and broad and often very windy, with compact snow-white sand and lots of seaweed washed up. It’s accessibile at its northern and southern ends.
At the northern end you’ll find a large, shady picnic area and a section of beach sheltered from the easterleys.
Little Beach and Waterfall Beach, the Jewel in the Crown of Albany’s Coastline:
Beneath Mount Gardner on the bay’s northern headland you will find two of the most perfect, magical beaches in Western Australia, right next to each other – Little Beach and Waterfall Beach.
Along a coastline renowned for the brilliant shades of turquoise and crystal-clarity of its water, these two beaches are some of the very best examples. They’re located quite along way out of town, but if you’ve got a few days in Albany, they are so worth the time and effort it takes to get to them.
Do you have a favourite Albany beach?
Let us know in the comments below!
Last Updated: 19th January, 2015.
First posted on 19th November, 2013 by Bonny.
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