Hamelin Bay, the Perfect End to a Beautiful Summer’s Day
On my last family holiday Down South back in January, one of the highlights of our trip was our sunset walk along the beach at Hamelin Bay, where we saw the local wild sting rays that frequent the shallows around the old jetty and boat ramp.
At the end of this article there is a short video I filmed of one of the sting rays at Hamelin Bay, filmed from both under water and above the surface. (Jump Down to the video ↓)
We timed our drive south to Hamelin Bay, through the Boranup Forest in the dappled golden light of late afternoon, to be down on the beach about 10 or 15 minutes before the sun sank beneath the horizon.
Sunset is always a magical time to be down at Hamelin Bay, but no more so than on a balmy summer evening with just a gentle wind blowing and the setting sun casting a beautiful golden glow across the sand.
Apart from some kids from the nearby camp site running around playing, dads fishing from the beach with their kids and a lone yacht moored far out in the middle of the bay, the entire length of the 8km-long beach was empty and quiet. My sister Laura and I went for a joyful run and got soaked by splashing around in the water, while Dad stood on the sand snapping photos.
I also took a lot of photos while we were there, my favourites being this one featuring a group of kids being running around like little monkeys and climbing all over the jetty posts, sillhouetted against the setting sun.
The Hamelin Bay jetty ruins is a familiar landmark of the Augusta-Margaret River area, probably due to the fact it’s such a popular photography subject!
The Sting rays at Hamelin Bay
Our main reason for visiting Hamelin Bay was to see the sting rays, and sure enough we found them over on the far side of the boat ramp. A couple of the big smooth rays, plus a smaller diamond shaped eagle ray, were cruising around doing laps back and forth parallel to the beach, and coming right in near to the water’s edge where we were wading.
My Video of a Big Hamelin Bay Sting Ray
Last Updated: 22nd March, 2015.
First posted on 27th March, 2014 by Bonny.
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