This page features those gorgeous sheltered Dunsborough beaches to the north of town on the way out to Cape Naturaliste.
Along Dunsborough’s scenic coastline, clean white-sand beaches alternate with boulder-strewn bays and headlands of orangey-red granititic gneiss. The water is almost always calm and waveless, sparkling crystal clear above a white sandy seafloor.
Dunsborough Beaches are perfect for families with young kids, or really for anyone who likes swimming at calm, tranquil beaches without big waves. The rocky areas are good for snorkeling, with plenty of fishlife to see.
Sheltered Geographe Bay
The Dunsborough coastline is part of Geographe Bay, which curves about 100 kilometres around from Cape Naturaliste all the way to Bunbury.
Geographe Bay lies to the east of Cape Naturaliste. It is sheltered by the landmass of the Cape from the Indian Ocean’s south-westerly swells, so Dunsborough Beaches are nearly always calm with only small waves – in complete contrast to the wild, surf-pummelled Margaret River coastline over on the western side of the Cape.
Guide to Dunsborough Beaches on the Geographe Bay Side of Cape Naturaliste
Click on a photo or the link to visit the page for each beach, where you’ll find more photos and detailed information.
Curtis Bay is the first in the string of pretty little coves and beaches to the north of Dunsborough town. It’s a nice secluded beach with clean white sand and calm, clear water – similar to Meelup and Castle Bay but without the summer crowds.
There’s no road to Curtis Bay, but it’s very easy to get to from the northern end of Old Dunsborough by the sea (Hurford Road). Just walk 5 – 10 minutes or so north following the Meelup Trail, or along the beach and rocks.
Spectacular Castle Rock stands tall at the far end of Castle Bay. Back in the old days, a whaling company operated out of Castle Bay using Castle Rock as a lookout point. The rock is easy to climb up and affords spectacular views of Geographe Bay, which you can see in the first photo on this page. On other side of the rocks from Castle Bay, you’ll find the most exquisite beach that is almost always deserted.
Castle Bay between Castle Rock and Sail Rock is my favourite Dunsborough Beach. It is as tranquil and pretty as can be, but for some reason doesn’t attract as much of a crowd as Meelup nearby does.The eastern end of the bay is rocky, with pockets of sandy beach tumbled with bright orange granite boulders.
I know I’m not the only one with happy childhood memories of swimming and building sandcastles at Meelup Beach. Like Greens Pool in Denmark, Meelup is one of the favourite summer holiday beaches for West Australian families with little kids.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous, with clean white sand and plenty of space to spread out. The water is calm, crystal clear and shallow – perfect for swimming. Behind the beach, a grassy area shaded by trees has picnic benches, barbeques and toilet/changeroom facilities.
In summer it’s one of the most crowded beaches in the Margaret River Region but I don’t think that detracts from its loveliness.
Gannet Rock is the prominant off-shore boulder off the rocks at the southern end of Point Piquet Beach. It is a lot of fun to climb up and jump off the rock into the clear sparkling water of Geographe Bay.
At the Gannet Rock car park you’ll find a picnic bench shaded by tea trees, and the rocks on the headland are a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. From there take a short walk south over the boulders to the pristine white sands of Point Piquet Beach.
Point Piquet between Meelup and Eagle Bay has a couple of beaches and sandy coves in amongst the rocks that are worth exploring. It’s a glorious spot for a swim on a hot day, and makes a great alternative when Meelup and Eagle Bay are crowded. Snorkeling around the rocks is worth while too!
Just pull over onto the side of the road when you see a scene like the one on the right!
Eagle Bay Beach
Eagle Bay has a beautiful long beach with whiter than white sand. In summer, it’s paradise. In amongst the rocks at the point are some smaller little beaches and pretty good snorkeling.
On the hill behind the beach is a small village of holiday houses. With a family or group of friends, you can rent one of these places at a good rate per person.
In summer, Eagle Bay is one of the nicest places to stay in the Margaret River Region – the only problem being that the beach is so beautiful that it’s hard to leave!
I really like Bunker Bay because it’s a huge, spacious lonely beach with smallish waves and crystal clear water. The waves are bigger at Bunker Bay than at the other beaches on the eastern side of Cape Naturaliste, and sometimes they’re big enough to form a good surf break.
Bunker Bay used to be my favourite Dunsborough beach, back before the Bunker Bay Resort was built. Now I’ve stayed at the resort and enjoyed my time there, but I’m sad that Bunker Bay has become so well-known and frequently visited.
Last Updated: 29th July, 2015.
First posted on 13th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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