Meelup Beach – Discover This Family Friendly Beach

Meelup Beach is a popular beach near Dunsborough in Western Australia’s South West. Why go there? Well, it has to be one of the most picturesque beaches in this region. The white sand and turquoise water make a stunning combination.

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people realxing on meelup beach in summer
Meelup Beach in summer

Location of Meelup Beach

Meelup Beach is in Meelup Regional Park, Western Australia’s South West, off Cape Naturaliste Road. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from Dunsborough and 15 minutes from Yallingup.

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Meelup Beach - Discover This Family Friendly Beach
Meelup Beach in spring

Meelup Beach

Meelup Beach is protected by Geographe Bay which means that the water is calm a lot of the time. This makes it the ideal place for kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

Lifeguards patrol during the summer months so it is a very safe beach for young children. There are clean public changing rooms with showers and toilets too if you want to get changed before or after visiting the beach. The grassed area adjacent to the beach is shaded by trees so it is a great spot for a family picnic. Free BBQs and picnic tables are also scattered around.

Meelup Beach is surrounded by bushland and there are coastal trails through Meelup Regional Park which will provide you with stunning ocean views. The tracks are easy and suitable for families too.

We have seen whales from this beach during their annual migration. Both times it has been around the end of September, so bring a pair of binoculars if you are here during whale watching season.

This beach is a perfect addition to your family holiday. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed though.

children playing on meelup beach
Children playing on an empty beach in spring

Weather near Meelup Beach

The driest month is January and the wettest is June.

February is the hottest month with an average of 21.6 °C while July is the coolest when it’s around 13.2 °C.

The average for the water temperature is 19.7°C with the highest being 21.8°C in February. The lowest is around 17.30°C in September.

The best time to visit Meelup Beach is late December to late March if you are there for water-based activities. However, winter can be lovely for coastal walks and you may see whales close to shore in spring.

people in the ocean and doing water activities at meelup beach
Summer is a popular time for water activities at Meelup Beach

Fishing at Meelup Beach

Meelup Beach is a fantastic place to fish. You can catch salmon, herring, whiting, skipjack, and blue swimmer crabs from the beaches of Geographe Bay at various times of the year.

However, you do need to be aware of the bag limit, sizes, and where you can fish within Meelup Regional Park.

You can find out more by reading the  ‘Department of Fisheries Recreational Fishing Guide.’

fishing boat off meelup beach western australia

Surfing at Meelup Beach

Surfing is best left to the winter months when there’s a big swell. There are several surfing spots including Rocky Point, Point Piquet and Castle Bay.

Safety at Meelup Beach

Despite what you might think, shark attacks are rare in Australia. To minimise your risk, swim at patrolled beaches, avoid cloudy days and dusk/evening time, and don’t swim a long way offshore or near deep water drop-offs. I would avoid spearfishing too. More information can be found on the Surf Lifesaving site.

Swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags. Try to swim with a buddy so you can keep a look out for each other and signal for help if needed. Also, check the boards on the entrance to the beach as they will give you any important and up to date safety information.

Marine stingers are a part of life for us in Perth. The two most common types are the bluebottle (physalia) and hair jelly (cyanea). Most of the time, they cause discomfort but they can also be very painful. These are non-tropical stingers and aren’t fatal. Again, check with the Surf Lifeguards to see if any are present and they can advise you what to do if you get stung.

Mosquitos can transmit Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) in Western Australia. The best act of defense is to avoid being bitten by applying repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and avoiding peak biting times (dusk). Fight the Bite have a good article if you want more information.

When going to the beach, ALWAYS apply sunscreen. The Australian sun is brutal and you can burn in 15 minutes without it. It’s also good to wear a hat, long sleeve top, sunglasses and seek shade.

surf lifesaving patrol at meelup beach western australia

Meelup Farmhouse

This Meelup Beach Cafe is on Sheens Road, just off Meelup Beach Road (please note that Sheens Road is unsealed and you may not be covered if you have a hire vehicle).

Meelup Farmhouse offers a brunch and lunch menu as well as picnic hampers. It is an outdoor venue, so make sure to bring something warm when the weather is cooler.

They are open Thursday – Monday 9 am – 5 pm but the kitchen closes at 4 pm.

the white gates of meelup farmhouse
Meelup Farmhouse by Tourism Western Australia

Tours

We use mainly Viator and Get Your Guide for all our tour bookings as they are competitively priced and often offer free cancellation.

Other Things To Do near Meelup Beach

For more ideas on the must-see places and attractions in the Margaret River region, please see the following guides:

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Western Australia’s South West Travel Guide

This detailed travel guide provides information on all the regions that make up Australia’s South West. Read about the destinations, including what to do and where to stay.

Western Australia Travel Guide

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17 thoughts on “Meelup Beach – Discover This Family Friendly Beach”

    • Unfortunately, sharks are risk anywhere around Western Australia. We just learn how to minimise the risk of an attack. Mozzies aren’t an issue until dusk and then you would only need some repellent.

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  1. The water looks so stunning!!! That blue color is just gorgeous. I’d love to have a picnic hamper made and sit under an umbrella soaking up that view!! Thanks for sharing a new place!

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  2. I’m getting serious beach withdrawal symptoms after reading this! Mosquitoes absolutely love me (the feeling’s not mutual) so repellent is always a must, as is SPF. I hope I get to visit Oz one day soon.

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  3. This beach looks amazing and would love to visit. Appreciate all the safety tips as well…don’t really think about sharks and haven’t heard of stingers. We don’t have those in our 10,000+ lakes…but we do have plenty of mosquitoes. We call them our second state bird. 😂

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    • Thank you Kevin. I feel blessed that we have still been able to go to the beach. I love the feel of sand between my toes too.

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  4. I am so envious of anyone who can go somewhere tropical with a nice beach right now. The sharks might be a bit nerving.

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