White Cliff Point separates Hamelin Bay from Foul Bay to the south. The stark white cliffs stand out against the colours of the water and dune vegetation, so it’s a prominent landmark on the Cape to Cape coastline that you can see from miles away to the north and south.
On our family holiday at the Hamelin Bay caravan park last summer we had plenty of time to relax and wander, and explore all the nearby tracks and beaches over several days.
One morning Mum and I went for a walk from Hamelin Bay, down onto the beach at Foul Bay and around the rocky shoreline of White Cliff Point, where we took the following photos that show the shapes, patterns, hollows and overhangs weathered into the glary white limestone.
Most people who visit Hamelin Bay do the walk up onto the top of White Cliff Point for the views, but not many realise that the fragile cliffs below hide a small secret beach that’s a secluded paradise in calm sunny weather. Here you’ll find striking shapes and patterns in the limestone, and overhangs that tower high above you.
It’s a bit of an underrated tourist attraction if you ask me! The views and rock formations of White Cliff Point are as interesting and beautiful as some of the more well-known rocky places along the Margaret River coast (though maybe not quite as spectacular as the ancient granitic formations like Canal Rocks).
Coast Walk: Exploring White Cliff Point
Total Distance: 1.2km
Walk Time: 20 – 40 minutes
Explore White Cliff Point on a short walk from Hamelin Bay boat ramp up onto the cliffs, from which you get beautiful views of Hamelin Bay, Foul Bay and the rocks and island offshore.
From there you can walk down onto Foul Bay Beach and around the point to a small secluded beach hidden away among the white cliffs and tumbled rocks.
1. Views, Sun Sets and Local History On top of the Bluffs
Distance: 800m return
A sandy, gravelly path with some wooden steps and boardwalk sections leads up onto White Cliff Point from the boat ramp and beach at Hamelin Bay. From the top of the cliffs you get some beautiful views out across the ocean and down to Foul Bay and Hamelin Bay on either side.
The boardwalk and lookouts include information signs that tell you about the environment and history of ship wrecks and what once was a thriving port settlement.
The top of White Cliff Point is a beautiful location from which to watch the sun go down, if you happen to be there at that time of day.
2. White Cliff Point’s Fascinating Rock Formations and Hidden Beaches
Distance: 600m return, or 600m one-way back to the boat ramp following the coast beneath White Cliff Point
From up on top of the Point, walk down the sand track onto the beach in Foul Bay. Turn right and walk around corner beneath the white cliffs
On the other side of some eroded limestone rocks, you’ll find the rocks of White Cliff Point enclose a tiny secluded beach with views of Hamelin Island. When we were there it was a bit windy with the afternoon sea breeze blowing from the South West. The Hamelin Bay side was much more protected. But if it was not so windy the little beach would’ve been paradise!
Last Updated: 1st September, 2015.
First posted on 1st September, 2015 by Bonny.
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