It is summer downunder and time for the beach. The beach is a part of Western Australia’s way of life – kilometres of white sandy beaches, sparkling clear blue water, coral reefs, aquatic playgrounds, and the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in a brilliant array of colours.
Stretching from Broome’s Cable Beach in the north, to Lucky Bay near Esperance in the south east, we are spoilt for choice and a trip to Western Australia would not be complete without a visit to one of its beaches.
In the image below you can see left to right from top – Smiths Beach Yallingup, Cable Beach Broome, Conspicuous Cliffs near Denmark, Greens Pool Denmark, Lucky Bay Esperance, dolphins at Monkey Mia Shark Bay, snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef Coral Bay.
Cable Beach, Broome – White Sand, Sunshine and Pearls
Established around the pearling industry in the late 1800s, a colourful history and a melting pot of nationalities, the tropical seaside town of Broome is the gateway to the Kimberleys. On Cable Beach’s twenty two kilometre stretch of pristine white sand, you can escape the southern winter by relaxing on the beach, rejuvenate in the warm ocean water, enjoy a sunset camel ride, or experience the “stair case to the moon”.
When you have had enough of the beach there is an extensive collection of pearl outlets, art and photographic galleries, shops and restaurants, or take a boat tour to one of the pearling farms or a scenic flight over spectacular coastal scenery.
Ningaloo Reef – Coral Bay and Exmouth – Underwater Wonderland
Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest fringing coral reefs and a prime conservation sanctuary stretching 260 kilometres along North West Cape. Home to 250 species of coral and 500 species of fish, Ningaloo is one of Australia’s great nature based tourism destinations.
Coral Bay’s town beach is safe for children and you can snorkel over the reef only a few metres from the shore. Snorkelling, or joining a glass bottom boat tour, you will see a brilliant kaleidoscope of colourful coral and fish. Ningaloo leads the way in Whale Shark eco-tourism and dive tours bring you in close contact with the world’s biggest fish, which visits from late March until July.
Blessed with warm weather all year round, perfect for fishing, swimming or relaxing, Ningaloo is a paradise for holiday-makers.
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay – Dolphin Experience
Thousands of visitors come every year to see the bottle nose dolphins which visit the beach at Monkey Mia, located in the World Heritage listed Peron Peninsular. Dolphin feeding is carefully controlled in the special interaction area on the beach front near the jetty to ensure the dolphins continue to live in their natural environment. Although you are discouraged from touching them, the experience is one you will never forget.
There is plenty to explore. Get away from the crowds in your 4WD and travel out to the tip of Peron Peninsular where the red dirt, white sand, blue sky and ocean collide in a vivid clash of colour. Or go dugong and shark spotting at Eagle Bluff.
The nearby townsite of Denham has a reputation for excellent fishing, sunshine throughout the winter months and ideal conditions for swimming, boating, waterskiing and beach combing.
The Capes – Surfing the South West
Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, the Cape to Cape region between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin is a playground for holiday makers during the summer, and surfers all year round, as well as being an internationally acclaimed wine growing region.
Meelup offers safe swimming and a shady beachfront picnic area which has been popular with families for years, whilst Surfers Point near Margaret River is home to the Margaret River Pro competition. Yallingup Beach provides great swimming and snorkelling with a protected lagoon, and surfing further out. Or you can snorkel, fish, or dive on the wreck of HMAS Swan. Lookouts provide opportunities to watch the annual whale migration.
Wineries, breweries and artisans outlets provide an enjoyable way to spend a lazy afternoon or you could stretch your legs along the Cape to Cape Track which winds 135 kilometres between the Capes.
South Coast – Where the Forest Meets the Sea
When summer hits the northern half of WA it is time to escape to a milder climate and the beautiful pristine beaches of the South Coast. From Mandalay Beach west of Walpole, through Denmark to Albany, the southern coastline is a mixture of magnificent coastal scenery, rugged headlands, rock pools and secluded beaches.
Popular beaches include – Greens Pool, William Bay, Ocean Beach, Lights Beach and Peaceful Bay. Denmark’s Wilson Inlet is one of WA’s biggest sheltered waterways, ideal for fishing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, boating and swimming.
You will find relaxed friendly towns, wineries, restaurants and galleries. Walk trails and rivers for canoeing wind their way through the spectacular Karri and Tingle forests and an international biodiversity hotspot.
Esperance – Australia’s Whitest Beach
The combination of dazzling white squeaky clean sand and cold sparkling aqua blue water under a canopy of brilliant blue sky is a feast for the senses. Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance was judged in 2006 by a national committee of scientific experts through to be the whitest beach in Australia, so Esperance can justifiably claim to be the home of Australia’s best beaches.
Isolated by distance, Esperance enjoys a laid back life style and a Mediterranean climate. It is a paradise for beach lovers with kilometres of pristine beaches, spectacular coastal scenery, national parks, and an aquatic paradise amongst the islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Esperance’s beaches are ideal for fishing, surfing, boating, sand boarding, 4Wdriving, or just relaxing. You can take an island cruise, dive or snorkelling tour.
WA’s best beach? Is the beach near you! Even in winter I like walking on the beach. And at days end, you can’t beat a brilliant sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Last Updated: 31st January, 2015.
First posted on 27th January, 2015 by Guest Writer Jill Harrison.
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