Western Australia is known for its amazing beaches. From Broome to Esperance we have thousands of kilometres of coastline. Some beaches are good for swimming, some for snorkelling, some for fishing, some for walking and some for the amazing views. Here are five of the best from the South West region of our state.
1. The first as you head south is in Bunbury: Koombana Bay and around to The Cut. The Cut is where the Leschenault Estuary pours into the Indian Ocean and is famous for it's friendly dolphins. If you have a boat you can cruise around the bay and have the dolphins come right up to your boat to say hello. If not, simply walk the beach along Koombana Bay around to the boardwalk and restaurants to the west and you'll often see the dolphins from there. You can also visit the Dolphin Discover Centre. It's open from 8am - 4pm (October to May) and 9am - 2pm (June to September) and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children.
2. Further south the next beach to visit is Busselton Beach. The water here is shallow a long way out, as is evident in the length of the Busselton Jetty - at 1.8km it is the longest jetty in Australia. There's a park, shady trees, a couple of cafes and, of course, the jetty to explore. You can get a day pass to walk along the jetty for $2.50 for adults (free for those under 17 years). If you have more money in your budget you could take the train to the end of the jetty and even visit the underwater observatory.
There is a cafe here as well as toilets and outdoor showers. Great for swimming in summer (or winter even - some brave souls have been seen swimming here on a sunny winter's day!), sandcastle making all through the year, as well as walking and exploring the coast. For those who enjoy photography there's such a range of subjects from the beach itself, to the vegetation and birdlife in all seasons.
4. Canal Rocks
Further south from Dunsborough down Caves Rd you'll see the turn off at Canal Rocks Road. This is a very popular spot for visitors because of the bay on one side and ocean on the other. You often see the waves crashing on the rocks and the more adventurous souls can be seen clamouring over the rocks themselves. There is a decked walkway along one side and over a small canal. Once the deck ends you can choose to walk on the rocks a little further or turn around and return to the carpark. It can be windy and cold in the winter months so if you're going June-September be sure to take your jacket.
5. Injidup Beach
I was looking for somewhere different to go on our last trip down south and as we were lunching at Swings and Roundabouts I thought a trip down the road to Injidup Beach might be a good idea. Injidup Spa Retreat is located nearby and boasts fantastic views so it sounded like a great spot to visit. Being July, we had the entire beach to ourselves on a glorious day when the temperature reached mid twenties. We did see a couple of surfers catching waves, but otherwise not a soul in sight. The view from the gravel carpark was definitely worth the short drive.
We headed down to the beach where we clambered over the rocks looking for crabs, shells, etc. Then we went down on the sand where the kids played in little water puddles and even paddled in the ocean while we sat and enjoyed the unusually warm (for July) sunshine. There are no facilities here - no cafe, no showers, no toilets but if you're looking for somewhere not as popular as the beaches mentioned above, then this could be the beach for you.