Surrounded by three sides of water, this coastline is like no other.

To the north, the warm tranquil waters of Geographe Bay have created the best swimming beaches in Dunsborough and Busselton. Choose from secluded sheltered coves to long shallow beaches with fine white sand. Take the picturesque tourist drive, regional park walking track or even go by kayak to discover your special spot. Beach accommodation is available in Busselton, Dunsborough and Bunker Bay.

On the west coast, the might and power of the Indian Ocean is incredible to watch. Stretching 120km, this coastline has areas calmed by limestone reefs, lagoons and curving headlands. World famous for its surf, this section of coastline also offers great designated swimming beaches. Scenic lookouts, small coastal towns of Yallingup and Gracetown and tourist resorts are dotted along this coastline and provide beach accommodation.

Top Swimming Beaches

Busselton Foreshore

This beach is very popular for its safe swimming under normal conditions. A new seasonal swimming enclosure is now in place, which is accompanied by the permanent swim jetty, located just west of the main Busselton Jetty. The calm waters and nearby playground make it a great place for families and people wanting a relaxing beach experience.

Dunsborough Foreshore and Old Boat Ramp

The pristine Dunsborough Foreshore is an idyllic place for a beach day, with extremely calm waters protected by sand banks close to the shore. Stand up paddle boarding is perfect for these sheltered waters, and equipment is available to purchase or hire during the warmer months. The old boat ramp is a hive of fun in summer, as families flock to enjoy the large swimming enclosure and pontoon (seasonal).


No visit to the region is complete without a visit to this beautiful beach.  Located near Dunsborough, Meelup is also protected by Geographe Bay and its serene waters attract many visitors. The beach provides the perfect setting for a family picnic with plenty of shade in the form of beautiful native trees.  Facilities include excellent public change rooms, toilets and showers. There is also a coastal track which winds its way along the coast, allowing an exquisite view of the bay from a multitude of different vantage points.

Meelup Beach - Photo Elements Margaret River

Eagle Bay

The opal colours of vivid turquoise water, bright green vegetation and blazing red rocks give way to the dazzling white sandy beach. Facing north, this is one of the best swimming beaches with its sweeping wide beach and shallow calm water. It is also great for kayaking, snorkelling, photography and picnicking with a shady spot near Point Piquet.

Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay is a calm watered beach where you can swim, fish, paddle out to the surf break that the locals call ‘The Farm’ and snorkelers can check out some fantastic marine life in the bay. Whales are regularly from the shore during spring. At the northern end of the bay there is a walk trail leading to Cape Naturaliste.


Yallingup Beach provides a protected lagoon that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You may also like to try your luck at some fishing, soak up some rays while you read a book, or build sand castles with the kids. Yallingup is also a great place to watch surfers catching breaks at the back of the reef.

Smiths Beach

Smiths Beach is a long, spacious beach of clean white sand, big waves and crystal-clear blue water, making it one of the most popular beaches in The Margaret River Region. Smiths is a fantastic spot for all sorts of big-wave beach activities, including swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, long walks and sunbathing. Smiths is also great year-round for walking and beach combing.

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Cowaramup Bay

Cowaramup Bay is located at Gracetown and faces north, bringing shelter from the strong winds of summer, and making it popular with holidaymakers and surfers.


This is one of the best swimming beaches just 10 kilometres away from Margaret River town and nearby to Prevelly. The turquoise waters are tempered by the warm Leeuwin Current, sheltered by an outlying limestone reef and southern headland. The facilities are fantastic with beach accommodation, beachside restaurant, bar and café, coastal path and boat ramp. Make sure you swim between the flags. Beachcombing is a must, particularly near the little cove at the southern end of the beach.

Hamelin Bay

Old timber jetty remnants, a tiny island and friendly stingrays add to the interest of this tranquil sheltered bay. The pristine fine white sandy beach is only surpassed by the colour of the shallow turquoise water. One of the best beaches for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and photography, this beach has added facilities of a boat ramp and nearby holiday park with a kiosk.

(Image: Margaret River Discovery Co.)

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Beach-Side Accommodation

Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean, with a big decision to make. Do you go for an early morning walk along the beach or do you just lay there and listen to the waves rolling in?

Your Margaret River Region has stunning coastal resorts that have such opulence at a location so special that they could be considered a once in a lifetime experience. Some properties are devilishly private, fantastic for couples to get away from it all. Some beach accommodation is designed with fun, friends and family in mind, making holidays easy especially when you have a few kids in tow. Others are great places to meet other people who are travelling. Many have way more space than you need, so holidaying with the entire clan is actually possible.

There are properties that sit remotely, high on a ridge with views that go forever. Others are on the beachfront, so close that you’re nearly getting wet. Choose from resorts, retreats, luxury hotels, beach houses, chalets, villas, apartments, caravan parks, camping and backpackers.

One thing’s  for certain. When the coastline is as beautiful as ours, you just can’t beat staying at the beach.

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Whether it’s beach, bay, jetty or game fishing you prefer, you’ll have no trouble finding a sweet spot to cast a line.

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