Elle travels, takes photographs and explores ideas for new things to write about.
Published January 23rd 2015
comfort away from home
Gracetown is 270 kilometres south of Perth, hidden amongst the bushland and endless stretch of coast line in the South West. This small country town encompasses both the beach life style and the layback country attitude.
With great surf on its doorstep, this town hugs the beautiful south west coast bringing to it a friendly and local vibe. The people are welcoming and not afraid to pass you with a pleasant "g'day", and the surfers are keen to share their knowledge of the local breaks.
Only 18 kilometres from the main town of Margaret River, Gracetown is the perfect place to escape. It has two cafes and a general store. It is in the heart of the South West wine region making it the ideal spot to start and end a wine tour. In addition it holds an ideal bay for stand up paddle boarders, and a surf break to the left and right of the bay. The town sits high on a hill and overlooks the bay making it an extremely desirable destination for tourists.
However, in 1996 Gracetown saw the tragic cliff fall which killed nine of its locals as they watch a junior surfing competition. A shrine exists on the left side of the bay with victims' names and ages, and kind words printed on a plaque of remembrance.
The town seems to exude a strong community feel, and whilst visiting, one cannot help to feel a part of it. The beachside tracks make up some of the 'Cape to Cape' trail and once at the top of the cliff edge on the left hand side of the bay there is an amazing view which helps you to understand the vast coast line in this beautiful part of Western Australia.