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BEACHES & WATERWAYS
Closest settlement | Busselton.
Known for | Having flat water
that extends endlessly along
Swim | By all means, but you
should be aware that the hot,
still conditions of summer do
bring out the stingers.
Fish | When in season, it’s
possible to catch crabs, squid,
whiting and herring off the
Busselton Jetty. From the beach,
try for herring, skippy, tarwhine
and whiting, and go for tailor
after dark. Boaties can drift for
squid using a squid jig, troll for
tailor in the bay, or fish offshore
reefs for dhufish, snapper, and
Other action | Water-skiing on
the oft-glassy water, plus all the
attractions of Busselton and the
Underwater Observatory at the
end of the Busselton Jetty.
Facilities | Toilets, shaded picnic
areas, playgrounds and eateries,
plus a skate park nearby.
Closest settlement | Dunsborough.
Known for | Having family-
friendly conditions with a big
Swim | It’s calm most of the time,
making it a great choice when the
west coast is blown out.
Fish | Try your hand from the
granite outcrops on either side
of the bay.
Walk | There’s a pretty trail south
towards Dunsborough, with water
views all the way.
Other action | Canoe hire is
available in the warmer months.
The HMAS Swan wreck dive lies
directly out from the beach.
Facilities | Shaded picnic areas,
Closest settlement | Yallingup.
Known for | It’s versatile, with
surf breaks, sheltered swimming
and snorkelling, plus a grassy area
close to the main settlement.
Swim | In the lagoon, at the long
There are more than a few ways to test the water between the capes, with a 138km coastline,
some 40 beaches and two rivers to choose from. Fish, surf, swim, snorkel, dive, windsurf, kitesurf,
paddle, water-ski or cruise on a houseboat – the choice is yours. There are secret spots aplenty...
here are a few to consider along this stunningly varied stretch of water
sandy beach stretch, or in a
sheltered rock pool to the south
that is great for kids.
Fish | Go rock fishing for herring,
whiting, skippy and salmon.
Surf | An exposed reef break
has reliable surf. Nearby are
the popular breaks Three Bears,
Shivery Rock, Smith’s Beach
Snorkel | Try in the lagoon,
considered by some to be the
best snorkel spot in the region.
Shallow and calm with great
marine diversity, see schools of
old wives, seagrass beds, coralfish
and trevally, to name a few. There
are granite boulders to the south
and limestone rock platforms to
the northern end. Remember to
look under the ledges in just one
metre of water, a popular hiding
spot for marine life.
Other action | Body-boarding,
and Ngilgi Cave.
Facilities | Boat ramp, picnic areas,
Closest settlement | Gracetown.
Known for | It’s a picturesque
setting with a small village feel.
Swim | The pretty sheltered bay
has a pontoon.
Fish | Try from either rocks or
beach – you may fish with rods
or handlines for finfish, catch
squid, cuttlefish, blue swimmer
crabs and rock lobster, plus
abalone with a licence. There’s a
boat ramp for boaties.
Surf | Northpoint, Huzzas and
South Point are good as winter
gets closer. Try Lefthanders on a
Snorkel | The Cowaramup reef is a
protected area – see live sea shells,
octopus, starfish, rock crabs, sea
urchins, shellfish and corals.
Facilities | Caravan park, toilets,
shaded picnic areas, lookout.
Margaret River mouth
Closest settlement | Prevelly.
Known for | It’s the lookout where
the Margaret River meets the sea.
Surfing at Contos Beach
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