You get some amazing fiery orange sunsets along WA’s west-facing Indian Ocean coastline.
Along the Margaret River Region’s Cape to Cape coast, dramatic orange coastal granite, huge crashing waves and beautiful beaches of soft white sand add so much to the beauty and drama of a perfect sunset. On this page I share with you some of my favourite Margaret River sunset-viewing spots along the coast.
1. South Point, Yallingup
At South Point you can look out across the bay at Yallingup Beach and see the surfers out on the Yallingup main break, then wander further around to the south over the rocks or through the dune heath to where you get amazing views of beautiful Smiths Beach and the sun sinking below the horizon.
South Point is along the scenic road into Yallingup town. It is a popular for watching both the sunset and the surf, so when the weather’s nice there’ll usually be quite a few people parking their cars at South Point and walking on the rocks as the sun goes down. It’s also a popular spot for rock fishing late in the afternoon and after dark.
At Redgate the orange-lichen covered rocks glow red with the setting sun. Isaac’s Rocks and Redgate Beach are usually deserted at the end of the day and are both spectacular when the ocean is rough and big waves crashing.
3. Canal Rocks
At Canal Rocks you’re surrounded on 3 sides by ocean and on evenings when the waves are big and crashing through the canals it is one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring places to enjoy the sunset in the Margaret River Region.
Even when the ocean is flat, the sunset views from the massive granite ridges of Canal Rocks are still incredibly beautiful.
4. Sugarloaf Rock
Sugarloaf Rock, a dramatic triangular-shaped chunk of jagged granite looming up out of the sea, is supposedly the most photographed feature of the Margaret River Region. The dramatic rock island sure makes a great subject for a sunset photograph!
One of my most memorable Margaret River sunsets was when I climbed up onto one of the massive rocks extending out from the coast to the south of Sugarloaf Rock and watched the sun go down from there. You can read more about it on my Sugarloaf Rock page.
6. Bunker Point
You can’t actually see the sun go down from Bunker Point, but even so I find it has a really nice serene atmosphere at dusk that makes it one of my favourite places at sunset.
I love walking alone on the rocks of the point watching the water of beautiful Bunker Bay turn shades of mauve as the sky darkens overhead. Sometimes there will be one or two people there fishing or surfing a few last waves before dark and there’s a good chance of seeing some dolphins – or even whales and seals, if you’re lucky.
Bunker Point is sheltered from the strong chilly south-westerly wind that so often buffets the coast late in the day. The stillness enhances the peace and serenity of the views of Bunker Bay.
7. Castle Rock
Castle Rock is similar to Bunker Point in that you don’t actually see the sun go down over the water, but it’s a location sheltered from the summer seabreeze with stunningly beautiful views. The rock is easy to climb up, and once at the top you can look down on Castle Bay and Meelup Bay and on a clear day see all the way across Geographe Bay to Busselton and Bunbury.
And a Bonus #8, Meelup Moonrise
Around the time of the full moon, pack a blanket and a picnic basket and make your way to Meelup Beach at the day’s end. Lie back with a glass of chilled white wine in hand and watch the serene and beautiful moon rise up over the calm waters of Geographe Bay. If the weather’s warm enough, enjoy a swim in the moonlit ocean.
Did you know?
“Meelup” means “Place of the Rising Moon” in the local Wardandi Aboriginal language.
Do you have a special favourite place in the Margaret River Region at sunset? Share it with us in the comments below.
Last Updated: 13th December, 2014.
First posted on 10th December, 2013 by Bonny.
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