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Published March 19th 2018
Find a surfing spot to suit your level of expertise
Western Australia is famous for some of the most spectacular high surfs, and we have the longest coastline of any Australian State. This coastline stretches about 12,000 kilometres, and because of this, there are plenty of reefs and breaks for all levels of surfing.
This is a list of those iconic surfing beaches in and around the Margaret River region and includes some of the not so well known surfing spots.
1. BORANUP BEACH - MARGARET RIVER
This is only accessible with a 4WD drive track to Boranup Beach, which is off Boranup Drive but well worth the bumpy trip!
Waves can get over head height, and even the smaller waves are still fun.
This region is by far the best and renown world wide for its large surf, and there are several areas here where you can surf. Injidup is great for surfing, and snorkelling, sliding down massive sand dunes and is located a short drive from Yallingup.
3. YALLINGUP BEACH This beach is famous for its fantastic surfing, and it also has a lagoon, which makes it the perfect place to explore the reef and shallow waters.
4. LEFT HANDERS - GRACETOWN This is south of Gracetown, and quite a lengthy walk along the coast known as Ellensbrook, and here there are breaks requiring varying skills such as Ulus, Noisies and Lefties. This lot are fairly easy though the next one along, Umbies is quite rough.
5. OCEAN BEACH - DENMARK Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the best surfing beach near Denmark. It is easily accessed, and only a few kilometres outside Denmark along Ocean Beach Road.
The beach is a very popular surfing spot and a great place to learn to surf.
11. THE BOX - PREVELLY
The Box has waves that break on a shallow reef and is best when there is an easterly wind.
12. WINDMILLS - SUGARLOAF ROCK, NATURALISTE
Windmills is a great spot in summer, and waves are fairly consistent and break over patches of reef. It has both left and right handers, and you need to climb over rocks to get there.
13. REDGATE BEACH - MARGARET RIVER
This is in Redgate Road and is an easy beach to surf. It is great for beginners, however, it can have rips, and its location offers some protection.
14. BOODJIDUP - GNARABUP
Boodjidup is the long stretch of beach south of Grunters, (see 7 above). This beach is quite popular and can get crowded, though the further you walk, the less crowded it gets.
15. SMITH'S BEACH - YALLINGUP
Smiths Beach has waves of varying difficulty, and the most difficult are "Super Tubes" at the far northern end of the beach. "Super Tubes" is a full-on wave that breaks over a sharp reef in shallow water.
16. GUILLOTINE & GALLOWS - WILYUBRUP
Gallows and Guillotines used to be 4WD accessible only, and now any car can go down this track. These two spots are best in west swells and when easterly winds break over the reef, however possibly not a spot for a beginner.
17. SURFERS POINT - PREVELLY
Surfers Point is an ideal place to surf. It is home to the international Margaret River Drug Aware Pro, where you can watch the best surfers in the world compete.
Surfers Point is very consistent and made up of two waves, Mainbreak and Southsides, which are both left and right handers. Mainbreak can often reach 20-foot waves, so is definitely for the experienced.