Must See Beaches in Western Australia

The land of the free. Where the great Australian outback meets the sweeping ocean shores. The blazing red sun, melodic ocean waves and breathtaking natural beauty. Western Australia truly is blessed with some incredible natural wonders. With over 2000 beaches dotted throughout the endless WA coastline. From the north to the south and everything in between, it can be hard to separate the best from the BETTER. Creamy white sands, sparkling turquoise waters and luxurious evening sunsets dominate proceedings as we present you with some of the most magical ocean paradises across WA. Spend your day being blown away with this bucket worthy list of beaches you just HAVE to visit on your next trip out west to the land down under.

Misery Beach, Albany

Misery by name, not by nature, this spellbinding cove once told a story of a dark and sinister past doused in blood, sweat and tears. Fast-forward 100 years and this secluded Albany Bay no more than 200m long was crowned Australia’s best beach for 2022 by Tourism Australia. Framed by a grandiose rocky outcrop and lush green shrubbery, this gorgeous ocean paradise offers the perfect setting for some well earnt RnR. Go in for a dip, snorkel, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard with the strong southerly winds sheltered by the imposing rocky peninsula. A great place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, this hidden gem is one place you won’t want to miss on your next trip to Australia’s southwest.

Greens Pool, Denmark

One of WA’s most beloved South-West beaches, Greens Pool is a magical secluded cove nestled in the heart of Williams Bay National Park. Only a short stroll from the Greens Pool car park (15kms west of Denmark), this stunning stretch of coastline, a melange of shallow crystal clear waters and large pink-hued granite boulders, present the perfect backdrop to this truly wondrous bay. A place of peace and tranquillity, cool off with a swim, snorkel, or sunbathe on the beach. The calming waters in this sheltered cove are a great place for the whole family to explore.

Turquoise Bay, Coral Coast

With a name like Turquoise Bay, you can only imagine how epic this place must be. Rated one of the world’s best beaches by TripAdvisor for 2022, this radiant stretch of coastline along WAs Coral Coast is out of this world. Brimming with life and colour, spend the afternoon relaxing along the silky white shoreline, admiring the gorgeous turquoise waters, or snorkelling amongst the vibrant coral reef gardens. Forming part of the world’s largest fringing reef (Ningaloo Reef) in the Cape Range National Park, this idyllic bay is home to various sea turtles, mana rays, squid, dolphins and more than 500 species of colourful fish. This is the ideal spot for a seaside picnic before some underwater exploration, take things up a notch by trying your hand at drift snorkelling, allowing the ocean current to guide you over the reef for an unbelievable snorkelling experience.

Lucky Bay, Esperance

An enchanting turquoise coastline, a beautiful contrast against the shiny white sands and emerald-green shrubbery. Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park, a 45-minute drive Southeast of Esperance is recognised as Australia’s whitest sandy beach and home to various furry friends. A great place for a swim, fish, snorkel or walk, keep your eyes peeled for the resident kangaroos often spotted sunbathing along the shoreline. Chuck a snag on the barbie, explore the coastal walk trails and set up camp for the evening to get the full Lucky Bay experience.

Cable Beach, Broome

An iconic WA beach etched with 22kms of white sands, fiery red cliffs, and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Draped in pure elegance and natural beauty, this little slice of heaven lies in the heart of Broome, only a 5-minute drive from the city centre. Soak up the sunshine with a swim, surf, fish, kayak, or a light stroll along the tranquil shoreline. Famous for its breathtaking scenery and sunset camel rides, marvel as the evening sun paints a sea of colour, all the shades of a Manhattan over this epic Kimberley coastline.

Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe

A fan favourite amongst the locals, Cottesloe Beach oozes charm with its crystalline seascape, soft white sand, beautiful array of Norfolk Pines and lush green grasses. Only a 20-minute drive from the city centre, this popular urban beach is the perfect place for a swim, surf, and snorkel. Lined with numerous bars, cafes and ice-cream parlours, this quintessential Perth beach caters for the masses with ample dine-in and takeaway options. Tuck into some local fish n chips along the alluring city foreshore before wrapping up the evening with delicious gelato.

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