Smiths Beach is simply beautiful. A long, spacious beach of blindingly white sand, big waves and crystal-clear blue water make it one of the most popular beaches in the Margaret River Region.
Smiths is a fantastic spot for all sorts of big-wave beach activities, including swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, long walks and sunbaking.
What’s so good about Smiths Beach?
Smiths Beach has perfect clean, pure-white sand. The full length of the beach has a fair bit of variety, ranging from pure-white sand and relatively sheltered, clear water at the south end – to jagged limestone rocks, reefs and massive breaking waves up at the north end near Torpedo Rock and the famed “Supertubes” break.
The Clean, Spacious Southern End of Smiths Beach – Great for Swimming and Sunbathing
At its southern end, the beach is endlessly broad, with a huge amount of space to spread out away from other groups of people and relax in the sun. With crystal clear water over a sandy seafloor, this is an idyllic spot for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding on a hot and sunny day.
On days when the waves are really big, you also have option of spashing around in a small creek that emerges from a valley in the dunes behind Smiths Beach.
“Gunyulgup” means “Resting Place near the Water” in the local Wardandi Aboriginal language.
The photo below was taken in summer, but after winter rains Gunyulgup Creek curves its way across the beach all the way down to the sea.
The Rocky Northern End of Smiths Beach – Good Surf and Beach Combing
Further to the north, on the far side of Gunyulgup Creek, the beach is quite different. There are sections where it is wide, and others where it is narrower.
Several spots are rocky, with low limestone cliffs and reef platforms extending out to sea. On a rough day, the crashing waves are spectacular. It’s this reefy section at the northern end of Smiths where the best waves for surfing break.
Smiths Beach Surfing
Good waves for surfing break right along the length of Smiths Beach when the swell’s up and the on-shore wind is not too strong.
The southern end of the beach is a fun spot for beginner surfers and boogie boarders, and for young kids. The water there is clear of rocks and reef, and the waves are a bit smaller than those further north.
As you head north along the beach, there are several more good surf breaks – some beach breaks, and some more challenging, powerful waves that break over the reefs.
Supertubes is the best and most well known of the surf breaks at Smiths Beach. This is the wave breaking at the far northern end of the beach, near Torpedo Rock.
Video of Smiths Supertubes:
Video of Smiths Reef:
…And Another Smiths Beach Surfing Video:
The southern end of Smiths Beach, near the carpark and resort, is very popular for swimming.
Although it is slightly protected by the Smiths Point headland, the beach’s southern end is still open and unprotected from the waves. So on some days, it gets some pretty powerful surf. Depending on how much you like big waves, this can either be heaps of fun or terrifying (or both)!
The Smiths Beach Surf Club patrols this section of the beach during the summer months, so you can stay safe by swimming between the flags.
The northern half of the beach where it’s rocky and reefy is not so good for swimming, and would be very unsafe in rough conditions. But if you’re a surfer, this is where you’ll find the best waves, including the well known Supertubes break.
Smiths Beach Walks
Smiths Beach’s variety and stunning scenery makes for wonderful, scenic coastal walks. Although there’s the resort at the southern end, most of the beach and the dunes behind it are wild and natural.
The full length of Smiths Beach is part of the Cape to Cape Track, a multi-day hike along the Margaret River coast between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.
Suggestions for Smiths Beach walks:
- Beach combing – after big waves and wild weather, you can find cuttlefish bones, shells and sea urchins washed up on the sand at low tide.
- If you walk the full length of Smiths Beach, you have the option of taking the Quenda Trail on the way back to make a loop walk. This is the track that runs parallel to the beach, a few hundred metres inland.
- Combine a walk along Smiths Beach with a walk around South Point and along Yallingup Beach, or head inland from South Point along the Cape to Cape Track, or one of Yallingup’s other walk trails
- Walk south from Smiths Beach along the Cape to Cape Track around Smiths Point to the Canal Rocks. Along the way you’ll pass an interesting coastline of cliffs, rocks and a couple of secluded beaches, including a nice sheltered swimming spot.
- For a longer walk, continue to Wyadup Rocks, Injidup Beach and Cape Clairault
Smiths Beach Accommodation and Restaurants
In recent times, a small settlement has built up around the southern end of Smiths Beach. So if you want to base yourself at Smiths for your Margaret River holiday, then you’re in luck! You can stay at the Smiths Beach Resort, or in a villa or apartment nearby.
Also at Smiths Beach is Lamont’s Restaurant, and a really nice little deli/cafe (also run by Lamont’s) that does good breakfasts.
I remember not being at all happy about Smiths Beach becoming built up and commercialised, but I must admit the end result isn’t too bad.
Although I always prefer places like Smiths to stay as natural as possible, the buildings of the Smiths Beach Resort are barely noticeable when you’re on the beach, and blend in pretty well when viewed from the other end of the beach at Torpedo Rock.
I just hope the resort will be the last of the development, and that Smiths Beach remains clean, natural and not overly crowded well into the future.
Where is Smiths Beach?
Smiths Beach is a short drive south from the town of Yallingup. Heading south out of Yallingup along Caves Road, turn right onto Canal Rocks Road, then right again onto Smiths Beach Road. You get some really nice views of the beach as you drive down the hill.
Smiths beach is the next beach down from Yallingup Beach, so you can walk there from town very easily. The northern end of Smiths (and the Supertubes Break) is only about a half-kilometre walk from Yallingup Beach or the South Point carpark. But to get to the other end of Smiths Beach where the swimming area is, it’s a further 1.5km walk along the beach to get there.
Smiths Beach Location Map
- A. Smiths Beach
- B. Yallingup
- C. Gunyulgup Valley
- D. Canal Rocks
- E. Torpedo Rock
- F. Smiths Beach carpark, the resort and Lamont’s
- G. “Supertubes” break
View Smiths Beach Location in a larger map
Last Updated: 24th June, 2014.
First posted on 15th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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