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GUIDE great southern
In the water
With hundreds of kilometres
of coastline, a dozen rivers,
inlets, lakes, bays, estuaries and
tributaries to cover, it’s hard to
know where to start. Let’s begin
with swimming options. Some
family favourites include Sandy
Beach in Nornalup, Coalmine Beach
in Walpole, Peaceful Bay, Greens
Pool in Denmark, Cosy Corner near
West Cape Howe, and a handful of
lovely spots in and around Albany.
Inland swimming holes at
Fernhook Falls on Deep River
and Circular Pool on Frankland
River are local favourites. The high
summer months are cooler down
south, making swimming a family-
friendly option even in the middle
of the day. However, many beaches
along the coast are wild in nature,
with rocky outcrops and undertows
making swimming dangerous. If
unsure, consult guides or ask the
locals about which areas to avoid.
Good surfing can be found
at Ocean Beach and around
Conspicuous Cliff, and there are
good windsurfing and kite-surfing
spots along the protected areas
of the coast and in harbours and
inlets. Scuba diving sites off
Albany are some of the best in the
State, with a cracking wreck site
HMAS Perth – near King George
Sound in Albany.
The inlet system at Walpole is
regarded as the best black bream
spot in WA, particularly during
autumn. The Kalgan and King
rivers are consistently good
locations for mulloway and mullet,
with whiting and bream snagged at
the lower reaches.
Deep River is also a whiting
zone. The Great Southern has
scores of good beach fishing spots,
including favourites at Mandalay
and Nornalup towards the west,
Emu Point, Middleton and Little
Beach in and around Albany, and
Nanarup, Two Peoples Bay and
Bremer Bay heading east.
Madfish Bay near Denmark has
two converging tides, making it a
splendid beach and rock-fishing
zone. Harbour fishing is good in
King George Sound and Princess
Royal Harbour in Albany,
where whiting and herring are
caught alongside crabs (from
February) and squid.
The salmon run in a westerly
direction along the coast from late
February through March, with
many good locations for beach
and boat fishing, including Cable
Beach, Doubtful Island, Parry
Beach and Peaceful Bay. Extreme
caution should be taken when
fishing from rocks along the coast.
Tides and wave patterns are very
unpredictable. If in doubt, stick to
the sand. Visit fish.wa.gov.au for
information. The best tip: ask a local.
Whale World in Albany is an
interactive museum and education
facility that explores the site of the
last whaling station in Australia.
Holograms, film screenings and
old whale chasers are among the
exhibits, and a free guided tour is
included in the price of entry.
The whales themselves don’t
visit Albany until around June, but
from December to April you can
still get on board a whale-watching
cruise boat for a day time or sunset
cruise on the harbour.
Pods of dolphins can also be
spotted playing in King George
Sound. Eco tours and
Paragliding at Shelley Beach near Albany.
Diving on the HMAS Perth wreck.
The clear waters are
great for snorkelling.
Fishing at Salmon Holes, Albany.
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