view of a long stretch of white soft sand and turquoise ocean at eighty mile beach near broome western australia

Best Western Australia Beaches Guide: 30 Idyllic Beaches by a Local

As a Perth local, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best beaches in the world right on my doorstep. The coastline offers visitors a range of stunning beaches that showcase the state’s natural beauty. But what are the best Western Australia beaches?

I’ve spent countless days relaxing on the sand and swimming in the crystal-clear waters, so I can confidently say these beaches offer an incredible experience.

Read on for our Top 30 WA beaches.

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30 Best Western Australia Beaches

Starting in Esperance, we’ll work our way around Western Australia’s coastline up to Broome.

1. Lucky Bay, Esperance

kangaroos on sand beach
Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Esperance

Renowned as a coastal gem in Western Australia, Lucky Bay in Esperance has been proudly named No.1 on The World’s 50 Best Beaches list.

This shimmering stretch of sun-soaked coastline first found fame in 1802, when British explorer Matthew Flinders sought refuge here during a storm while navigating the perilous route through the Recherche Archipelago. It was then that the bay earned its apt title, “Lucky.”

Lucky Bay is also famous for its kangaroos on the beach. To experience this for yourself, it’s best to camp there or arrive early before the masses arrive. As more people come, the kangaroos retreat to sleep in the bushes. Kangaroos are more active around dusk and dawn.

Wander along the picturesque trails and step onto the beach with white sand and turquoise water. But remember, while the beach is beautiful, it can also be treacherous for vehicles. It’s easy to get bogged here, so it’s best to consult with a local ranger about the current sand conditions and tide schedules.

If you’re set on taking your four-wheel drive vehicle onto the beach, please be cautious of other beach-goers and wildlife, and maintain a slow speed. Remember, standard road rules still apply.

We enjoyed visiting this beach early morning to see the kangaroos and enjoy the serenity before lots of people arrived.

Location: Cape Le Grand National Park (fees apply)

Locals Tip: While in Cape Le Grand, visit Hellfire Bay, which is just as beautiful as Lucky Bay.

2. Little Boat Harbour, Bremer Bay

view from above of a sandy beach with people swimming and snorkelling and 4wd vehicles on the beach
Little Boat Harbour, Bremer Bay

Little Boat Harbour in Bremer Bay is often regarded as one of the best beaches in Western Australia, and it’s not hard to see why. Its pristine white sandy beach stretches for over a kilometre, with crystal clear turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The harbour’s calm waters offer a safe and sheltered spot for families, while the more adventurous can explore the nearby rocky outcrops and coves.

One of the unique features of Little Boat Harbour is its location on the south coast of Western Australia, which means that it enjoys cooler temperatures and a refreshing sea breeze even during the summer months. This makes it an ideal spot for sunbathing and relaxing on the beach without feeling too hot or uncomfortable.

The snorkelling here was great too.

Location: Jerramungup, Bremer Bay

Locals Tip: I’ll let you in on a little secret. I actually prefer the beaches in Bremer Bay to Esperance.

While in Bremer Bay, tick seeing orcas in the wild off your bucket list with Naturaliste Charters.

🤩 We loved this Orca tour by Naturaliste Charters – definitely a bucket list item

3. Misery Beach, Albany

the long sandy misery beach albany western australia with turquoise water
Misery Beach Albany

Misery Beach, in Albany, is an excellent spot for people seeking a secluded coastal experience. Stretching approximately 200 metres long, this beach is nestled in a protected cove, surrounded by spectacular granite outcrops that create a dramatic backdrop.

Legend has it that the beach got its name from the remnants of the historic whaling industry. In the past, offal and blood from the nearby whaling station would wash ashore, staining the water and sands red and attracting sharks. Fortunately, since the station ceased operations in 1978, the beach has become a beloved spot for locals and visitors alike.

For the Menang people, the beach held great significance as a prime location for spearfishing, camping, and kangaroo hunting. Situated within the 3936-hectare Torndirrup National Park, about 20km south of Albany and a five-hour drive from Perth, Misery Beach offers a tranquil escape on Menang Noongar boodja.

One of the main attractions of Misery Beach is its calm and sheltered conditions, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Watch for playful dolphins and seals that often frequent the protected waters. 

However, lifeguards do not patrol this beach, so swimmers should exercise caution and swim within their abilities. Additionally, the nearby car park is just a few minutes walk away, but be aware that the trail leading to the beach is unsealed and features numerous steps.

This is my favourite beach in Albany.

Location: Torndirrup National Park, Albany (fees apply)

Locals Tip: Visit the Gap & Natural Bridge while in Torndirrup National Park.

4. Two Peoples Bay, Albany

crystal clear water in a small white sand bay with rocky outcops in the background
Waterfall Beach, Two Peoples Bay Albany

Two Peoples Bay, located east of Albany, is a secluded and picturesque beach in a nature reserve. This enchanting destination boasts stunning beaches, hilly granite formations, and a rugged coastline.

The name Two Peoples Bay originates from an unexpected encounter between French and American vessels in 1802, leading to its original name, Baie des Duex Nations (Bay of Two Nations or People).

Before the colonial occupation, the area was inhabited by the Minang people, who referred to it as Yilbering. They made the bay their home during the warmer months while retreating inland during the cold winters to hunt kangaroos.

Today, the nature reserve is protected, thanks to the discovery of the Noisy Scrub-Bird and a colony of Gilbert’s Potoroo, safeguarding it from development into another coastal townsite.

Little Beach and Waterfall Beach are perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the azure waters. Sheltered from the usual southwesterly winds that batter the coast, these secluded bays offer an idyllic setting for a few hours of relaxation.

Location: Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Albany (fees apply)

Locals Tip: Little Beach is the main spot, but if you venture along the path and over a small headland, you’ll discover Waterfall Beach, which may provide a quieter stretch of beach if Little Beach is crowded.

5. Emu Point, Albany

shallow crystal clear water with a green hill in the background
Emu Point Albany

Emu Point, situated on Emu Beach and Oyster Harbour in Albany, is a popular seaside destination with a white sandy beach and a lively vibe. Emu Point provides various amenities, including an outdoor kids’ playground, a café, a swimming jetty, BBQ facilities, and picnic tables. 

Emu Point is a few kilometres northeast of Albany City Centre, with views of King George Sound and Middleton Beach from its rocky groyne on the northern end. On the Oyster Harbour side, you’ll find a completely protected area perfect for families, thanks to the shallow and clear waters and excellent facilities.

The shallow water gradually leads out to the swimming jetty, where you can swim or admire the view of Oyster Harbour while watching pelicans glide over the water. 

We spend ages here just walking through the shallow water, taking in the views and the pelicans.

Location: Emu Beach, Albany

Locals Tip: For visitors with accessibility needs, a beach wheelchair is available to access the beach (get the key from the Emu Point Café).

6. Elephant Cove, Denmark

huge orange and black boulders on a white sand beach and calm turquoise ocean
Elephant Cove Denmark

Elephant Cove, in Denmark, is a stunning attraction featuring huge boulders and a sandy cove. A staircase descends between the rocks at Elephant Rocks (a unique rock formation resembling a herd of elephants playing in the water). 

To reach Elephant Rocks, you can either take a 10-minute walk from the Greens Pool car park or drive directly to the car park. 

The scenery here is incredible.

Location: William Bay National Park Denmark (free)

Locals Tip: Due to its exposure to the elements, Elephant Cove is less popular for swimming. Instead, head around the corner to Greens Pool.

7. Greens Pool, Denmark

a natural pool with crystal clear turquoise water and granite boulders in the water with children playing and a sandy beach on the other side
Greens Pool Denmark

Located just 15 kilometres west of Denmark, Greens Pool is a magical destination offering a beautiful beach for swimming. Shielded from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by the rounded rock boulders that are characteristic of the area, Greens Pool provides a tranquil and safe location to experience the ocean.

The gradual slope of the beach makes it ideal for visitors of all ages, especially children, to enjoy the water in a comfortable and secure environment. Greens Pool is renowned for its incredible beauty and breathtaking setting, making it one of the most popular beaches in Denmark. 

At the beach’s western end, you can explore large rock formations as the reef gradually transitions into Mazzoletti Beach, a 5-kilometre stretch that leads toward Parry Beach in the distance. 

Our favourite spot in Denmark in the summer (the water is cold though!).

Location: William Bay National Park Denmark (free)

Locals Tip: Stairs lead down from the car park to the beach, so take your time and rest if needed.

8. Conspicuous Cliffs, Walpole

the beach and coastline at conspicuous cliffs walpole
Conspicuous Cliffs, Walpole

Conspicuous Cliffs, Walpole, are aptly named for their striking and prominent appearance. Rising high above the surrounding heathland, the cliff-top lookout offers breathtaking views of the beach and the river as it meets the sea. 

The walkway leading to the lookout can be physically demanding, featuring numerous steps that ascend to the peak. However, comfortable benches are strategically placed regularly, providing opportunities to rest and enjoy the scenery.

The view from the lookout is rewarding, especially during July to September, when it becomes an excellent vantage point for spotting whales.

As you descend to the beach below, you’ll notice where fresh water merges with the ocean. However, swimming is not recommended at this beach due to the absence of lifeguards and the prevalence of large waves and swells. It’s important to exercise caution and remain vigilant while enjoying the mesmerising ocean views.

It may not be the best beach to be in, but the views from the lookout are spectacular.

Location: Nornalup (15 kilometres from Walpole)

Locals Tip: Conspicuous Cliffs are easily accessible by 2WD cars but via a well-maintained gravel road.

9. Grannys Pool, Augusta

a calm ocean at grannys pool augusta
Grannys Pool, Augusta

Grannies Pool, Augusta, may not be a traditional beach, but it’s a family-friendly area with a serene harbour amidst the vast ocean.

The pool itself is formed by a series of rocky outcrops, creating a naturally occurring pool perfect for young children. Visitors can enjoy crab hunting, swimming, and snorkelling in the shallow areas of the pool.

We enjoy a picnic under the shade of the trees overlooking Grannies Pool.

Location: Augusta

Locals Tip: Visit during low tide, revealing fascinating rock formations and creating shallow areas within the pool. This offers the chance to see more marine life, and the water is calmer.

10. Hamelin Bay

larghe stingray in the shallow ocean
Stingrays at Hamelin Bay

Despite its crystal-clear turquoise waters and sandy beach, the beach itself isn’t the drawcard for visitors. It’s renowned for its friendly and curious residents – stingrays. These magnificent creatures often swim close to the shore, allowing visitors to observe them up close.

The bay is also popular for fishing, snorkelling, and swimming, with its calm and inviting waters. Surrounded by natural beauty and a tranquil atmosphere, Hamelin Bay provides a laid-back escape for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts.

Standing in the shallows and having large stingrays swim up to you is incredible.

Location: Hamelin Bay

Locals Tip: As a popular tourist destination, the bay can get busy during peak times, especially on weekends and holidays. By arriving early or on weekdays, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying the beach and interacting with the stingrays in a more serene setting.

11. Redgate Beach

lotf of sandy coloured rocks scattered by the ocean with white sand inbetween and clear turquoise ocean on a sunny day
Redgate Beach

Redgate Beach is a renowned beach and surf break nestled between rocky outcrops. 

The beach falls within a special purpose surfing zone and is popular among both locals and visitors to the South West. However, Redgate Beach is unpatrolled, and conditions can change rapidly. The ocean can be unpredictable, and dangerous rips may occur, so it is crucial to adhere to signage and pay close attention to weather and ocean conditions. 

For bird enthusiasts, Redgate Beach offers opportunities to spot various species. Look for the Australasian Gannet, Eastern Reef Egret, Osprey, and Hooded Plover. The beach’s vegetation also provides a habitat for birds like the Rock Parrot, Little Eagle, Australian Hobby, and Nankeen Kestrel.

Line fishing and diving for rock lobster are permitted in this zone, but Rock lobster or octopus potting is prohibited. 

Location: Redgate, Margaret River region

Locals Tip: Explore the surrounding coastal trails – Redgate Beach is beautiful, but there are quieter and more secluded spots to discover if you venture further along the coastline. 

12. Gnarabup Beach

a stunning bay with beach in Margaret river
Gnarabup Beach

Gnarabup Beach offers a laid-back beach atmosphere with golden sand and crystal-clear waters. Located in the Margaret River region, this beach is protected by reefs 500m offshore, providing calm conditions.

Margaret River Surf Life Saving Club patrols Gnarabup Beach on weekends and public holidays between October and April.

Gnarabup Beach is also home to a popular beachside café and restaurant, allowing visitors to savour delicious meals while enjoying panoramic ocean views. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, nearby surf breaks provide opportunities for exhilarating rides on the waves. 

One of our favourite Margaret River beaches for a swim.

Location: Redgate

Locals Tip: Stay for a bite to eat or drink at the popular beachside café, the White Elephant Café.

13. Margaret River Mouth Beach / Prevelly

Margaret River Mouth Beach is just north of Surfers Point, a popular spot for surfers seeking thrilling waves. As you arrive in Prevelly, the beach is well signposted, but follow the coast north for a short distance and then curve in along the river mouth, where you’ll find a car park with excellent facilities.

We enjoy watching the surfers in action, especially when the swell is up.

Location: Margaret River

Locals Tip: The Margaret River Pro, an annual professional surfing event, is part of the World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour. Watch it for free at Surfers Point.

14. Injidup Beach

injidup beach with white sand and large rocks on the beach with waves coming onto shore
Injidup Beach

Injidup Beach, near the small town of Yallingup, is famous for its natural rock pool that has formed at the southern end of the beach. However, it is often crowded, especially in the warmer months.

Location: Injidup, near Yallingup

Locals Tip: Try Injidup Spa. It’s a stunning beach often overlooked in favour of the Instafamous swimming hole.

15. Aquarium

the clear waters of a swimming spot called the aquarium, one of the best western australia beaches
Aquarium

The Aquarium is a stunning swimming spot between Canal Rocks and Smiths Beach. With crystal clear waters and abundant marine life, this natural rock pool used to be a locals’ well-kept secret (before social media).

The name “Aquarium” is very fitting as the water here is so clear that it feels like swimming in an aquarium filled with colourful fish. The calm waters make it an ideal spot for snorkelling and you can often see schools of fish darting around the rocks and starfish, crabs, and other fascinating creatures.

Maybe the clearest ocean water I’ve seen!

This beach can only be accessed via the Cape to Cape Track.

Location: Cape to cape track, Yallingup

Locals Tip: You can get to the Aquarium from either direction, but from Canal Rocks way is shorter – 500 metres as opposed to 1.5 km.

16. Yallingup Lagoon & Beach

sunrise on a cloudy day at a sandy beach with calm ocean and low waves
Yallingup Beach at sunrise

Yallingup Beach provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities, making it an ideal getaway.

For those looking to explore marine life, Yallingup Lagoon has tranquil waters where families can enjoy safe swimming and snorkelling amongst a variety of marine creatures.

Surfers are also drawn to the renowned surf breaks along this coastline, providing exhilarating rides and endless thrills. 

We saw a humpback whale with her calf close off Yallingup Beach at the end of August, so keep your eyes peeled!

Location: Yallingup

Locals Tip: Remember your snorkelling gear, as the lagoon’s shallow and calm waters provide an excellent opportunity to explore the underwater world.

17. Shelley Cove

rocks and rock pools at shelley cove
Shelley Cove, Cape Naturaliste

It’s not just the beach that makes Shelley Cove special – the rocks and reef just off the shore create a haven for snorkelers. For fishing enthusiasts, the rocky headland to the southeast of the cove is a popular spot to cast a line.

If you want a scenic adventure, hike by rock-hopping along the coast in the northwest direction. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the coastal cliffs, showcasing the raw beauty of nature.

Keep an eye out for the main attraction of Shelley Beach – a large rock near the bay’s centre. This distinctive feature, along with surrounding reefs and ledges, has separated from a larger rock formation over time, creating an intriguing landscape to explore.

Underneath the surface, you’ll encounter various fish species, including red-lip morwong, footballer sweep, hulafish, garfish, moonlighters, stripeys, and western talma. The vibrant sea stars of different shapes and sizes add to the enchanting underwater scene.

Surfers will be pleased to discover The Quarries surf break off the western headland, providing a thrilling experience protected from the onshore winds of the west coast. 

The views from Shelley Beach are stunning.

Location: Bunker Bay Rd, Naturaliste

Locals Tip: If you’re planning to explore the rocks and reefs, it’s advisable to bring a pair of reef shoes as the rocks can be sharp and slippery. Also, keep an eye on the tide times before heading out to Shelley Cove. More reef and rock formations are exposed during low tide, creating fascinating tide pools.

18. Bunker Bay & Eagle Bay

the sandy beach at bunker bay with a blue sun umbrella in the sand
Bunker Bay, Cape Naturaliste

Bunker Bay and Eagle Bay at Cape Naturaliste are two beautiful destinations offering pure white sand and gentle waves, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and fishing.

The bays are protected by rocky outcrops and are one of the few north-facing beaches in Western Australia. Families will find it an ideal spot for a relaxing day at the beach, while divers and snorkelers will be thrilled by the amazing marine life just offshore.

Nearby, you’ll discover world-class surf breaks, including The Farm, providing exhilarating experiences for surfers.

Diving enthusiasts will love the HMAS Swan dive wreck and artificial reef, providing an up-close encounter with amazing marine life.

Eagle Bay is also the luxury escape of choice for Perth’s rich and famous, where you can indulge in world-class wine, dining, surfing, and diving. 

Location: Cape Naturaliste 

Locals Tip: Take advantage of the proximity to the Margaret River Wine Region and explore the nearby wineries, breweries, and restaurants.

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19. Meelup Beach

people realxing on meelup beach in summer
Meelup Beach, Cape Naturaliste

Meelup Beach is a popular bay in Meelup Regional Park. This picturesque beach is protected, providing excellent swimming and stand-up paddleboarding conditions. Lifeguards patrol in the summer, making it ideal for families.

We’ve seen whales from Meelup Beach a few times during their annual migration up and down the coast.

Location: Cape Naturaliste 

Locals Tip: Enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks overlooking this stunning beach.

20. Busselton Beach

turquoiuse crystal clear ocean on a white sand beach with shark net
Busselton Beach

Busselton Beach has a 15.3 km stretch of pristine sand and is the longest continuous section of this part of the bay shore. It gently curves to the east from the Siesta Park groyne past the iconic Busselton jetty to the rock groynes of the Port Geographe development.

The Busselton Surf Life Saving Club patrols Busselton Foreshore over weekends and public holidays between October and April each year, ensuring visitors can enjoy the beach with peace of mind.

The beach is situated in the apex of north-facing Geographe Bay, which provides protection from Cape Naturaliste and results in very low swell and only small local wind waves during northerly wind conditions.

Location: Busselton 

Locals Tip: We’ve seen stingrays here, so keep a lookout!

21. Cottesloe Beach

view from the ocean of the long white sandy cottesloe beach with a sandstone buildings with people on the beach and swimming in the ocean
Cottesloe Beach

With its pristine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and breathtaking sunsets, Cottesloe Beach offers a stunning setting to relax, take a refreshing swim, or catch some waves.

Visitors can also explore the town of Cottesloe, which has a charming atmosphere, trendy cafes, and boutique shops.

For those interested in the arts, the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition showcases captivating art installations along the beach, creating a unique cultural experience.

Cottesloe Beach is the most iconic and one of the best beaches in Perth.

Location: Cottesloe

Locals Tip: Weekends and public holidays are busy, so try and visit during the week.

22. Little Salmon Bay Rottnest Island

the beautiful little salmon bay with cystal clear water showing reef and rocks with people swimming and snorkelling
Little Salmon Bay Rottnest Island

It’s hard to choose a favourite beach on Rottnest Island as they are all stunning and offer different things. However, my personal favourite is Little Salmon Bay.

This secluded bay is ideal for swimming and snorkelling, with a 700-metre snorkel trail starting and ending at the shoreline.

Location: Rottnest Island 

Locals Tip: This beach is popular with families due to the calm conditions.

🤩 Book Ferry Tickets here

23. Jurien Bay

white sand beach with bright green water
Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay, located along the stunning Coral Coast, is a coastal paradise with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect destination for a tranquil beach getaway.

The bay is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering fantastic opportunities for snorkelling, diving, fishing, and boating. Join a sea lion tour to interact with the Australian sea lions and snorkel amongst fish and other marine life.

The town has a range of amenities, including excellent accommodation options, cafes, and restaurants.

Location: Jurien Bay

Locals Tip: Combine a visit to the Pinnacles.

24. Dynamite Bay

a stunning sandy bay with sparkling blue ocean
Dynamite Bay

Dynamite Bay, a stunning bay in Green Head, is sheltered from the strong winds off the coast by a low-lying rocky cliff, providing calm waters.

Swim in the inviting turquoise ocean or relax on the soft sandy beach, soaking up the sun. To make the most of your day, pack a delicious picnic that can be enjoyed either on the sand or on the grassed area overlooking the beach.

Dynamite Bay’s still and clear waters make it an ideal spot for snorkelling. Dive beneath the surface and witness the diverse range of fish species and the stunning hard and soft corals.

Green Head is a charming coastal town located approximately 3.5 hours’ drive northwest of Perth. Visitors can park at the designated car park at the bay.

Location: Green Head

Locals Tip: For a scenic walk and breathtaking views, walk south along the Three Bays Walkway to South Bay.

25. Kalbarri National Park (coast)

view of beach and rocky coastline from red bluff lookout kalbarri
Red Bluff Kalbarri

Kalbarri National Park’s coastal region is a stunning mixture of rugged sea cliffs and serene sandy beaches, providing spectacular views of natural beauty.

Shellhouse Grandstand and Island Rock are some of the magnificent natural rock formations you’ll encounter. However, Red Bluff Beach is the best in the park for a beach visit. It’s a peaceful retreat with sweeping views and a great place to spot humpback whales during migration season.

Location: Kalbarri

Locals Tip: While Kalbarri’s more popular beaches, like Red Bluff Beach, are undeniably beautiful, Chinaman’s Beach is typically less crowded and perfect for a leisurely walk, a beach picnic, or a swim. The water here is generally calmer, which makes it great for families with children.

The proximity to the town also makes it an ideal spot for an impromptu sunset viewing after a day exploring the rest of the park.

🤩 Book a scenic flight over the coast for spectacular views

26. Shell Beach, Shark Bay

a beach made up entirely of cockle shells
Shell Beach, Shark Bay

Shell Beach in Shark Bay is a unique beach and a must-visit for anyone touring the Coral Coast of Western Australia. What makes it truly special is its composition – it’s one of only two places in the world where the beach is entirely made up of shells, specifically a type of bivalve called Fragum erugatum.

Over thousands of years, these tiny white shells have accumulated, forming a layer up to 10 meters deep and stretching for 15 km. The result is a surreal, almost otherworldly landscape that shimmers brilliantly under the sun.

As the water here is twice as salty as regular seawater, you’ll float better but will immerge with a layer of salt on you.

Location: Shark Bay

Locals Tip: Be prepared for a different beach experience than usual. The shell composition of the beach can make it quite sharp underfoot, so wear water shoes or thongs for comfort.

The beach has no shade, so bring sun protection, such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

27. Bills Bay, Coral Bay

sun shining on a small bay with grass in front
Bills Bay, Coral Bay

Bills Bay in Coral Bay is a must-visit beach for anyone who has a passion for snorkelling or appreciates the beauty of marine life. What sets Bills Bay apart is its proximity to Ningaloo Reef, one of the largest fringing coral reefs in the world.

The reef is just a short swim from the beach, offering a fantastic snorkelling experience where you can immerse yourself in a colourful and diverse ecosystem bustling with tropical fish, manta rays, and even sea turtles.

The bay is protected and generally calm, making it ideal for swimmers of all levels, but always be mindful of currents, particularly if you’re snorkelling.

Between March and July, you can swim with the majestic whale sharks that migrate through these waters.

Location: Coral Bay

Locals Tip: If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, several shops in Coral Bay rent it out.

The best times to snorkel are usually in the mornings when the wind is low, and visibility is at its highest.

🤩 Book a snorkel tour with Coral Bay Eco Tours here

28. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth

beach with calm water
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth

Turquoise Bay, in Exmouth, is a beach lover’s paradise and a dream come true for snorkelling enthusiasts. Renowned for its vibrant underwater life and crystal clear, warm waters, Turquoise Bay lives up to its name with a brilliant palette of blues that will leave you in awe.

Just a few meters from the sandy shores lies the world-heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, teeming with marine life.

Turquoise Bay is known for its unique “drift snorkel” experience. Enter from the southern end of the beach and allow the gentle current to carry you over the reef to the sandbar near the beach’s northern end.

Location: Exmouth

Locals Tip: If you’re planning to enjoy the ‘drift snorkel’ experience, be mindful of the currents – read all the safety notices as you enter the beach first. This snorkel is only recommended for swimmers with a moderate to high level of capability. 

🤩 Book Exmouth Tours Direct here

29. Eighty Mile Beach

view of a long stretch of white soft sand and turquoise ocean at eighty mile beach near broome western australia
Eighty Mile Beach

Eighty Mile Beach, between Port Hedland and Broome, stretches for an impressive 220 kilometres along the Indian Ocean. This untouched and vast expanse of pristine white sand, dunes, and turquoise waters seems to stretch into eternity.

The beach is renowned for its spectacular tidal movements, creating mesmerising patterns and revealing marine life, including crabs and shellfish. It is also a vital nesting ground for flatback turtles, offering a rare opportunity to witness the magical sight of hatchlings making their way to the ocean.

Eighty Mile Beach is also renowned for its rich birdlife and is considered a significant site for shorebirds. It is recognised as one of the most important areas for migratory shorebirds in the entire East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which stretches from Siberia to Australia.

The shorebirds visiting Eighty Mile Beach are primarily migratory species, travelling thousands of kilometres yearly to breed, rest, and feed. These birds undertake an incredible journey from their breeding grounds in the Northern Hemisphere to the shores of Western Australia.

Please respect the natural surroundings and avoid disturbing wildlife or leaving any trace behind.

Location: Broome

Locals Tip: When visiting Eighty Mile Beach, plan your visit around the tides. During low tide, the beach expands dramatically, revealing expansive sand flats perfect for beachcombing and exploring the fascinating tidal pools.

30. Cable Beach, Broome

camel rides at sunset on cable beach in broome
Camel rides on Cable Beach Broome

Cable Beach Broome captivates visitors with its stunning beauty and breathtaking sunsets. This iconic beach, like Eighty Mile Beach, is renowned for its huge tidal movements.

The opportunity to experience a famous camel ride along the beach is a highlight.

Swimming is not recommended in the wet season (from November to May/June) as the northern oceans are inhabited by Chironex box jellyfish and Irukandji. Check with local authorities or lifeguards about the current conditions and follow any safety recommendations.

Location: Broome

Locals Tip: If you’re looking to capture the stunning sunset views that Cable Beach is famous for, arrive early and secure a good vantage point along the beach.

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FAQs About the Best Beaches in Western Australia

Are the beaches in Western Australia safe for swimming?

While most beaches in Western Australia are safe for swimming, it’s important to be cautious and mindful of any warnings or signs. Some beaches have strong currents or marine hazards, so it’s advisable to swim in patrolled areas and follow any instructions provided by lifeguards or local authorities.

Are there any secluded or hidden beaches in Western Australia?

Western Australia is known for its pristine beaches. Some lesser-known ones include Wedge Island, Peppermint Grove Beach, and Point Picquet. These beaches offer a more secluded experience.

Can you participate in water sports at Western Australian beaches?

Western Australia’s beaches offer great opportunities for water sports. Surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, and fishing are popular activities. Some beaches, such as Margaret River and Yallingup, are particularly well-known for their surf breaks.

Are there any family-friendly beaches in Western Australia?

Many family-friendly beaches in Western Australia have facilities and amenities suitable for children. Some examples include Hillary’s Harbour, Scarborough Beach, Meelup Bay, and Busselton Beach. These beaches often have playgrounds, picnic areas, and calm swimming areas for families to enjoy.

Read Next: Best Beaches in Perth

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