The Margaret River region has an incredible number of beaches, and we did our best to visit as many of these as possible during our short visit.
We started off in Dunsborough, a very nice little town just 30km along the coast from Busselton. Our visit was timed with the Easter holidays, and its clearly a popular holiday destination, with the town centre full of people. However it was early, and the beach itself was still quiet with just a few paddle boarders.
Not far from this is Meelup beach where we also made a quick stop. This was very secluded and again there was beautiful white sand and clear blue sea, with lots of families swimming and sunbathing.
Perhaps the most impressive waves we have seen so far were at Canal Rocks, where we sat and watched as they came crashing over the huge rock formations – great fun from a distance, and a complete contrast from some of the more secluded beaches we had visited earlier.
Another of the regions most famous beaches is Surfers Point at Preverly, where the more adventurous surfers travel to attempt the ‘legend’ difficulty waves. It was fairly quiet while we were there with more surfers in the car park than the water, but the waves and views were impressive nonetheless.
Not far from Cape Leeuwin is Hamelin Bay. The beach is a stingray conservation area and they are often seen in the shallow waters. As we walked onto the beach we saw a crowd gathering and quickly made our way over just in time to see at least five huge stingrays. Mindful of what happened to Steve Irwin, we didn’t venture as close as some of the locals, who were feeding and stroking them, but we did at least manage to get some photos.
Just a few moments later we were even more amazed to see several dolphins swimming past, almost as close to the shore as the stingrays. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, these proved a lot more difficult to photograph. This incredible experience meant Hamelin Bay was by far our favourite beach in the region.