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A 10-minute drive south of Yallingup is
Smiths Beach, one of the most popular
beaches in the area, where you’ll find both
consistent beach breaks for beginners
and several reef breaks for the more
experienced. North of Geographe Bay,
situated around the corner from Rocky Point
towards the cape, is Boneyard. A short walk
down from the Bunker Bay car park, this
sand-bar break starts working at 2m and has
been known to hold up to 5m with waves
suitable for all surfers. Yallingup Surf School,
(08) 9755 2755, provides group and private
lessons for all skill levels, or if you’re looking
to head out on your own you can hire your
gear through Dunsborough Beach Lodge,
(08) 9756 7144, or Yahoo Surfboards in
Yallingup, (08) 9756 8336.
Injidup has several breaks to choose from,
and all are accessible from the Injidup car
park. Carpark (Inji) is a relatively easy wave
to surf while also being highly enjoyable and
rewarding, a popular reef break that peels
right across a sandy bottom and produces
good surf in larger swells (3m plus). Further
along the beach is the underrated – and not
often crowded – Pea Break. It's a chunky
wave that breaks on reef then sand, at times
offering up an excellent long tube section,
with good movement left and right. When
the swells are too much along the coast,
Castle Rock provides protection and holds
good swell in late autumn and winter, in
strong northerly winds. Soft lefts peel down
a rocky point (sand bottom) – a favourite of
some locals, it can be a great spot for long
rides. Yallingup Reef is renowned for the
reef break and world-class waves on offer.
For the more experienced, get on the fat
left (perfect for mals) or epic long, tubing
on the right swell direction back towards
the car park.
Three Bears (southwest of the Cape
Naturaliste Lighthouse) is three waves, aptly
named Mama, Papa and Babies, going in
both directions with swells that can produce
one of the best lefts on the entire coast.
Bears is only accessible via 4WD so if you
are starting from the north, head out on
Cape Naturaliste Road and turn left onto
Sugarloaf Road. The track starts on your left
about 500m down. There is a power pole
and a sign that reads Leeuwin Naturaliste
National Park marking the entrance. Follow
the track south and stick to the coastline.
South of Yallingup, Supertubes boasts one
of the best right barrels in the southwest.
This exposed reef break throws out fairly
consistent surf, best around mid-tide. It
doesn’t hold a massive size but it’s got
power, speed and barrels! Note: try not to
head butt the shallow reef. North of Eagle
Bay, strong westerlies and big swells signal
a day at Rocky Point, with waves peeling
left across a rocky bay. Offering peaceful
surrounds that many a local has enjoyed on
a good day, this point break is tucked away,
requiring a 15-minute walk from the Rocky
Point car park to access, but it's well worth
it. Watch out for snakes! Injidup Point is
15-minute walk south along the beach from
the Injidup car park to the west point but the
walk is worth the effort. Works best at low to
mid-tide off a long, hollow point break.
WHALE WATCHING IN
With newborn calves to consider,
travel down the 'humpback
highway' slows, and by early
September the first of the
humpbacks begin to arrive in
Geographe Bay. Throughout
October, their numbers swell as
they make the most of its calm
turquoise waters before tackling
the arduous journey around the
Capes and back to Antarctica. In late
November, they are joined by the rare
and endangered blue whales, which feed
in the Perth Canyon off Rottnest.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE
• Hundreds of humpbacks frolicking in the bay
• Mothers keeping a close watch on their calves
• The largest animal in the world, the elusive blue whale
With its expansive views across Geographe Bay, the best viewing spot is Cape
Naturaliste Lighthouse balcony, which is about 13km from Dunsborough. There
is also a whale-watching lookout, which is a 1.3km walk from the lighthouse car
park. Or, bring a chair and join local whale monitors at Point Picquet, which is on
Meelup Road, 800m past Meelup Beach. Look out for the small sign, and don’t
forget to bring your binoculars.
Over one thousand humpbacks pass through the Geographe Bay each season,
so it is not surprising that tour operators boasted a 100 per cent success rate
with their cruises. Be aware that the tour leaving from Quindalup Beach entails
a transfer by tender, while others leave from Port Geographe Marina.
The best way to spot a whale from a distance is to watch for the cloud of spray or
mist that appears as the whale exhales through its blowhole.
ng in the bay
Pea Break at Injidup
(photography Insight Photography).
Digital Love Photography).
Humpbacks playing alongside
a boat at Geographe Bay.
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