Western Australia is often overlooked by travellers heading Down Under. In comparison to the ever popular East Coast of Australia, the West is isolated, rugged and scarcely populated.
For those who do venture West, the South-West corner of the state is often on the top of their to-do list. The SW is the most accessible region in the West and potentially the most beautiful.
Take the four-hour drive south from Perth and tick off these amazing beaches in this stunning pocket of Australia.
Redgate is the perfect Aussie beach. Fish from the rocks, test your nerve in the surf or relax on crisp white sand.
If you are after a BBQ with a view then Meelup is your place. Paddle off the sausage sizzle in crystal clear waters or snooze on the grass in the shade. This sheltered bay is perfection.
It’s surprisingly rare to find beaches with their own bars in the SW, but Bunker Bay is an exception. Grab a delicious meal or flute of bubbly whilst enjoying the incredible view before hitting the beach.
Thought that Australia’s kangaroos live in the bush? When roos aren’t bouncing on red sand, they are kicking up the white sand of Lucky Bay. If you don’t spot a kangaroo straight away, don’t fret! Stay in the camping ground above the beach and take your time enjoying this piece of paradise.
One of Albany’s most spectacular offerings, Green Pools is heaven. Sheltered swimming holes offer the most picturesque place to relax, swim and snorkel. Bring a picnic and spread out on the rocks, you won’t want to move for a while.
The local beach of surf-mad town Margaret River, Prevelly is a great place to BBQ with friends, watch the sunset or tackle the world-class surf at the eponymous Surfer’s Point.
The best sunset spot in the SW. Head to the cliffs above Yallingup and watch the sun sink into the sea. Bringing a fancy picnic is mandatory.
You know how I said that it’s rare for SW beaches to have their own bar? Gnarabup is the other glorious exception. You would be hard-pushed to find a lunch with a view equal to The White Elephant’s. People watch, SUP or check out the surf at this family friendly spot.
This list could go on and on. Every road seems to lead to a secluded sandy paradise and there have been equally as many nameless beaches that I have fallen in love with too. So my advice? Use these fantastic beaches as your starting point and get cracking finding your own secret slice of beach-side bliss!
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