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Margaret River Region GUIDE
Swim | Great for littlies. The nearby
Prevelly Beach is mostly protected.
Access is via waterfront paths.
Fish | Catch bream and mullet
at the river mouth as well as
Surf | The perfect beginner’s
break. Learn to surf on the small,
reef-free wave. Graduated? Nearby
Surfers Point is the region’s most
famous surf break, and works
all year round.
Other action | You can’t get far
up river, but it’s a pretty paddle
on a kayak.
Facilities | Sheltered picnic areas
with great views, car park, toilets
and showers for day use only.
Closest settlement | Prevelly
Known for | It’s a protected
bay that has good snorkelling
Swim | Yes, in the protected bay.
Surf | Nearby exposed reef breaks
include The Bombie and Boat
Ramp for consistent surf, and
they’re rarely crowded; Grunters
has fairly consistent surf and its
best wind direction is east-north-
east; Gas Bay is best around mid-
tide and is sometimes crowded.
Other action | It’s a popular
Facilities | Toilets, cafe, boat ramp.
Closest settlement | Prevelly.
Known for | Being an all-round
surfing and swimming spot, with
granite rocks in the water and on
the beach. It takes some walking
to get to where you want to be.
Swim | Yes, but beware of rips and
Surf | Very consistent and safe
surf, offering left- and right-hand
breaks. It can get busy.
Other action | Look out for the
monument marking the place
where the ill-fated ship Georgette
Facilities | Toilets.
Closest settlement | Karridale: it’s
less than 20 minutes from Augusta.
Cave and the Boranup karri forest,
two of the region’s most iconic
destinations, are on the doorstep.
Facilities | Several campsites with
picnic area and toilets but no
showers. Cafes at Lake Cave and
nearby Boranup forest. There are
no toilets at the beach.
and Hardy inlet
Closest settlement | Augusta – the
Hardy inlet is near the river mouth
right next to town.
Known for | Being a secret getaway
from summer beach crowds,
especially if you have your own
boat. Skiing, wake-boarding,
fishing, kayaking, houseboating
and wildlife watching.
Swim | Try the area between Rosa
Brook Road and Sues Bridge, and
Fish | Go for black bream near
Molloy Island and marron (if you
have a licence) at Sues Bridge and
Alexander Bridge. In the saltier
waters near the river mouth, try
for herring, whiting and tailor.
Other action | See giant sea eagles
and kingfishers as you paddle
up river on canoe or kayak. The
further up you go, the fewer the
powerboats. Water-ski in glassy
conditions around two kilometres
upriver from Molloy Island. Nature
Facilities | Beautiful picnic areas
dotted all along the foreshore up
to Molloy Island, some with new
boardwalks and toilets. There are
drop toilets near Sues Bridge with
Known for | There are harmless
stingrays that suck on your toes
near the boat ramp.
Swim | The sheltered bay and
clean beach make this spot great
Fish | From the beach or rocky
headland, it’s possible to catch
herring, tailor, skippy and, given
the right conditions, the salmon
swimming past in March and
April. From a boat, try for pink
snapper and dhufish.
Surf | Along the stretch of
beach running north from the
Other action | The remains of the
old jetty plus several boat wrecks
make it ideal for diving and
Facilities | Caravan park, boat
ramp, toilets, lookout.
Contos Beach and spring
Closest settlement | Witchcliffe –
the beach itself is located in the
Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Access | A long walk from the
campsite, or take the 2WD gravel
road to parking area, then a short
walk along a sandy track.
Known for | Surfing, nature
camping, a spectacular beach
with dramatic cliffs and a natural
Swim | Yes, but watch out for rips.
Fish | Try for herring off the beach.
Rock fishing is also popular.
Surf | A left-hand break over reef
not for novices. It’s best from
Other action | The extensive
limestone cave system of Lake
(Photography M8 Photography).
Redgate Beach (Photography
Nicola Maia Anastas).
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