Jetty and boat ramp on the Gnarabup Beach - Prevelly, WA, Australia

Everything you need to know about the Margaret River Region’s beautiful beaches

16 Nov 2022

The Margaret River region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Western Australia, and it’s easy to see why! About a three hours’ drive from Perth, the Margaret River region coastline has so much to offer.

No matter what time of year you visit, it wouldn’t be a trip to Margaret River without visiting at least one of the picturesque beaches in the region. From swimming, to surfing, fishing or whale watching, the beaches surrounding Margaret River are sure to entertain the whole family. 

Take a look at our list of some of the best Margaret River beaches. 

Hamelin Bay

A list of beautiful beaches in the South West wouldn’t be complete without Hamelin Bay. Crystal clear waters and sparkling white sand invite holiday-goers throughout the year, and there’s a caravan park just a stone’s throw away. 

The Hamelin Bay stingrays have been known to frequent the shallows throughout the year – but time your visit in summer for your best chance of seeing them swimming by your feet. Make sure you offer the stingrays space and respect, and admire them without interference. 

Tourists observing a sting ray in Hamelin Bay, Margaret River Western Australia

As well as swimming or launching your boat from the boat ramp, Hamelin Bay is great for snorkelling or beach fishing. Hamelin Bay used to be a small port, but the surrounding coast was tricky to navigate, and as such there are wrecks in the area. Those with the means may enjoy going for a dive to explore the wrecks! 

Hamelin Bay beach is about half an hour from Margaret River via Caves Road.  

Gnarabup Beach 

Conveniently located in Prevelly and just a 10 minute drive from Margaret River town, Gnarabup Beach is a popular beach for locals and holiday-goers alike. Protected by reefs, Gnarabup Beach offers turquoise waters and relatively calm swimming conditions. Enjoy a swim, followed by a tasty breakfast and a coffee at the White Elephant Café which overlooks the water. 

The beach is easily accessible, and there are walking trails through the dunes for those that fancy a stroll before their swim. There’s a public boat ramp, a panoramic lookout spot and amenities including showers and toilets.

Check out our Indulge & Discover tour which includes a stop at Prevelly Beach.

Meelup Beach

Meelup Beach is another stunning beach in the region, popular with the locals and tourists. Sheltered as it is by Geographe Bay, the calm water invites swimmers and those with a stand-up paddleboard. Throughout summer there are Surf Lifesavers present, so make sure you swim between the flags. 

Picnic tables and public barbeques on the shady grassed area just before the beach offer a great place for a picnic if you and the family want to make a day of it. Follow some of the coastal trails through the regional park and be rewarded with incredible ocean views.

Meelup Beach is located in Meelup Regional Park, off Cape Naturaliste Road, about 10 minutes out of Dunsborough, and 15 minutes from Yallingup.

Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay boasts 2km of white sand, sheltered from the strong winds by the tip of Cape Naturaliste. The calm water is ideal for swimming, fishing and snorkelling, and the bush surroundings offer a trademark Western Australian coastline experience.

A shower and toilet block is nearby in the car park, or if you choose to stay nearby Bunker Bay, you can enjoy a short walk to your accommodation.

Bunker Bay is one of the few beaches in Western Australia which is north-facing. The beach is accessible via Bunker Bay Road.

Smiths Beach

Smiths Beach in Yallingup offers big waves for the more adventurous beach-goers. Smiths Beach is patrolled in the summer months, but as always, caution is necessary in the water, as there may be strong rips and large waves.

Enjoy a swim at Smiths Beach, or go for a stroll along the shore in the cooler months. The swell makes it a great spot for surfers and boogie boarders.

There’s heaps of accommodation options nearby if you want Yallingup to be your home base while staying in the region.

Beautiful white sands in Smiths Beach in Margaret River Western Australia

Castle Rock

Located in Dunsborough, Castle Rock is a popular alternative to Meelup Beach, which is just around the corner. Castle Rock beach is known for its rock formations, and is a calm, serene bay for swimming.

During winter you can expect large swells for some fun surfing. Keep an eye out if you visit during whale season – you may just spot some Humpback whales on the horizon on their annual migration!

There’s public barbeques if you plan on having some lunch, and pretty wildflowers along the walking trails in the spring.

This is just a short list of some of the best Margaret River beaches, but we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picturesque beaches for swimming, snorkelling and surfing in the region.

On your next visit to Margaret River, make sure you check out Harvest Tours to get the insider knowledge for all the best beaches to visit, things to do and places to see.

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"What an excellent tour. Our guide Steve was so informative and knew the area very well. This is not a normal wine tour - we visited local sights, coffee works, cheese factory, chocolate factory, skin care factory, beaches, brewery and of course wineries. The lunch at Xanadu was first class and so delicious. This tour represented excellent value - the best we have experienced - well done Harvest and particularly Steve our wonderful guide."

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"Our Harvest tour was awesome! Clarice, our driver, was so personable and knowledgeable. As it turned out, there were only 2 couples booked on our weekday tour and so we got a really personal experience. We loved that the tour showcased both the food and wine of the region. The whole day was very relaxed and we never felt rushed or pushed for time. There are so many tour companies operating in the region and we felt so lucky to have chosen the perfect one!"

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