Four of Western Australia's best beaches are hidden away down south within a minutes drive of each other in a park where the stark contrast of deep green forest and black rock collides with the bright turquoise waters of the Southern Ocean.
The place? William Bay National Park just a few kilometres west of Denmark in WA's Great Southern. It is a five hour drive from Perth and well worth the trip because these beaches are spectacular and each is very unique.
Green's Pool is the one which needs no introduction. It regularly appears in state, national and world lists for the best beaches and it is hard to argue against it.
Like all the beaches here, it is calm and protected by a ring of rocks which form a picturesque backdrop to the pristine white sands and green fringing forest.
The only downside? In the warmer months it is bloody busy. On a recent trip around Christmas you could barely see the sand beneath the hundreds of locals and tourists packed in trying to experience the beauty promised in the pictures.
Madfish Cove This is my favourite of the four. On the same trip as mentioned above Madfish Cove was all but empty less a few (presumably) locals in the know. This is amazing considering it is a 30 second drive from Green's Pool and the trail of parked cars pretty much lined all the way back to Madfish Cove.
It looks similar to Green's Pool, it has the crystal clear waters, forest and rocks, but it is more wide open and features a very cool sandbar which you can walk across to get to the outside rocks.
There are also some nice warm rock pools on the large, flat formation to the east of the bay which I would imagine are perfect for sitting in all day with mates and a few beers.
Just a two minutes walk or five second drive from Green's Pool is Elephant Rocks, so called because apparently the rocks look like elephants (I can't see it). This is a tiny beach at the end of an inlet and is perfect for thrill seekers.
Roads like this are everywhere in the Great Southern
Why? The rocks jutting out from the calm, clear water and perfect for cliff jumping. The bay is shallow but at the base of the rocks there are deep pools making this an almost perfect spot for the controversial but fun past time.
There are two main rocks to jump from - a small four metre one in the middle of the inlet and a large 10m plus one which requires a bit of climbing skill and courage to get up. Not a fan of cliff jumping? It is quite a lot of fun hopping around the rocks surrounding the inlet too.
This is the furthest away - a whopping minutes' drive from Green's Pool - and most unique of the four beaches. Not only is it unique locally, it is unique globally. If you haven't guessed from its name it has a real, permanent, fresh water waterfall flowing onto the beach into the ocean.
The waterfall is only about two metres high but the flow of water is pretty solid and makes for great photo opportunities. A walk along the beach where it meets the forest will reveal that in fact there is fresh water seeping from the length of the beach onto the rocks which is absolutely fascinating.
The beach itself is no slouch either. It is less protected so you get a few waves - though they are still pretty small and it is fringed on either side by nice rock formations hiding isolated bays.