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to June make for good diving
conditions – in March the visibility
is around 30 metres, and the water
temperature is warm.
The Eagle Bay Bombie and The
Quarries off Bunker Bay are other
good dive sites, says Gavin Barnes
from Dunsborough’s Cape Dive.
Sugarloaf Rock is a winter
surfing destination, but on
summer’s calm days it’s ideal
for diving. Canal Rocks, south of
Yallingup, is probably the most
dived location in summer outside of
Geographe Bay – but it’s more for
the crayfish than the scenery.
Summer is also the time to
snorkel, when the water is calm
and warm. There’s particularly
sheltered snorkelling east of the
Cape LeeuwinLighthouse near
Augusta, where the protected
waters make for safer snorkelling
than much of the west coast.
Rapturous locals love the South-
West beaches for their variety.
People who like it calm can find
shelter, body surfers can find a
wave. The drama of granite rocks
and limestone reefs just adds
to the appeal. As a general rule, the
calmest waters are along Geographe
Bay in the north (stingers can be
a hazard), but you can also find
shelter all along the west coast –
especially in the mornings.
Some favourite swimming
beaches to seek out:
Redgate | It’s got surf, rocks and
sheltered bits, and never seems to
get overloaded with people.
Gnarabup | A favourite for families,
there’s a cafe and a walk track
towards the river mouth.
Yallingup | A protected lagoon
makes it a perfect family beach.
There’s surf nearby.
Cowaramup Bay | This ‘keyhole’ bay
has a pontoon for swimmers and
lots of aesthetic appeal.
Meelup | An idyllic sheltered
bay with lawn, trees, barbecues
Bunker Bay | The picture of paradise
on a warm, windless day.
Castle Rock | A gorgeous alternative
when Meelup gets busy.
Indijup | A local’s favourite along
the long west coast stretch.
Jays Beach | Augusta’s family-
friendly beach hangout.
There’s a flurry of activity in the
vines in autumn. It’s vintage,
when the grapes come off and
the winemakers start working
their magic. Behind-the-scenes
tours are off limits during vintage,
but it’s a good time to get off the
main wine trail and visit some
boutique cellar door.
Tour operators are increasingly
cluey around these parts, and given
the big stretch of wine country –
90km, six distinct districts and 120
cellar doors – it’s useful to get some
guidance on hidden gems beyond
the famous labels.
There’s a few regional standouts
to look out for on your travels. The
Swimming in pristine waters
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