When it comes to incredible swimming spots, you’re spoilt for choice in the Margaret River Region.

Whether soaking up the sun, diving into crystal clear waters, snorkeling our underground playground, having a paddle on a SUP, or trying something a little more adventurous is your jam, you’re guaranteed to find your own piece of paradise along our 200-kilometre coastline.

Like anywhere in Australia, swimming safety and accessibility is weather dependent, so be sure to check the conditions on the day and stay informed with SLS Beachsafe.

Read on for some of the region’s most amazing swimming spots from north to south, including patrolled, accessible and dog-friendly beach options.

(And yes, the water really is that blue!)

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Geographe Bay, Margaret River Region. Photo: Jinna Yang

Geographe Bay

Geographe Bay is an expansive stretch of coastline featuring turquoise waters and soft white sand. It spans from roughly Busselton to the tip of the continent at Cape Naturaliste, and more often than not, the bay serves up calm, glassy conditions.

You might’ve heard about some of the area’s infamous swimming spots at Busselton Jetty and Meelup Beach, but it’s well worth exploring some of these lesser-known swimming beaches.

Abbey Beach, Busselton

Head further south along the beach from Busselton Jetty and you’ll reach the outer areas of Busselton. The beaches along the suburbs of Broadwater and Abbey are usually a little quieter and are perfect spots for floating on your back and tuning out the world. Heaven.

Busselton, Abbey
Abbey Beach. Photo: Matt Deakin

Castle Rock, Dunsborough

This calm, turquoise bay is protected from the westerly winds and ocean swell. Castle Rock Bay is perfect for swimming, paddle boarding and relaxing, and a picturesque spot for a picnic with gas BBQs, picnic tables and toilets on offer.

Stand Up Paddle Board Castle Rock Beach
Castle Rock Bay. Photo: Elise Taylor

Point Piquet, Dunsborough

Park at Point Piquet and head slightly back to the right and you’ll find a small path taking you down to this glorious little stretch of heaven. Its striking, crystal-clear hues of blue wash\ up against white sand and red ochre rocks, and the little point to the left usually offers a small swell for surfing. During spring, this is arguably the spot for whale watching from the beach too, with thousands of migrating whales cruising so close you can hear them.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Point Piquet Credit Tim Campbell
Point Piquet. Photo: Tim Campbell

Eagle Bay Beach, Dunsborough

Eagle Bay Beach sits at the tip of Cape Naturaliste and is home to the HMAS Swan dive wreck. This is a lovely spot to explore abundant marine life, relax on the shore, or swim in tranquil calm, clear waters. The very left end of the beach is dog-friendly too (off Eagle Bay Boat Ramp, Fern Rd) – just be sure to adhere to signage and rules.

Meelup Running Trail - Credit Tourism WA
Eagle Bay coastline. Photo: Tourism WA

Bunker Bay, Dunsborough

Uncomplicated coastal landscapes like Bunker Bay have unique appeal. There is recognisable beauty in the long, long stretch of calm ocean kissing white sand. There’s a car park complete with showers and toilets, and a sensitively designed café that offers rescue from sand-filled sandwiches when long beach days collide with hunger. The northern part of Bunker Bay Beach is dog-friendly too.

Umbrella and sun loungers set up at Bunker Bay - Credit Matt Deakin Images
Bunker Bay. Photo: Matt Deakin

The West Coast

Yallingup Lagoon, Yallingup

To the left of the main beach staircase is the Yallingup Lagoon, a tranquil embrace of blue, surrounded by shallow reef. It’s free of the wild wash of ocean, and a slice of kid-friendly, summer-swimming bliss. A little to the right is a crash of beach break for strong swimmers. You’ll also find a playground, facilities, and ample parking.

Yallingup lagoon
Yallingup Lagoon. Photo: Ryan Murphy

Smiths Beach, Yallingup

The drive down the hill to Smiths Beach is almost as breathtaking as when you’re settled on its soft, white sand. Smiths is a long and wide beach, so there’s plenty of space to pitch an umbrella in relative seclusion before heading for a refreshing dip. It’s both a patrolled and dog-friendly beach during certain times over summer, and when the swell hits, it’s a popular surfing hub among the locals.

Smiths Beach
Smiths Beach. Photo: Elise Taylor

Gracetown Beach, Gracetown

Gracetown offers a section of coast exposed and shaped by the push of weather that funnels between North Point and South Point – two landmark surf breaks between the quieter Cowaramup Bay. Gracetown Beach is a small curve of sand crossed longitudinally by the Cape to Cape Track, and latitudinally by Cowaramup Brook, and is a beautiful spot for a swim and a surf.  Part of the beach is dog-friendly, and you’ll find a bakery a short walk up the road for a snack and a good coffee.

Gracetown Beach. Photo: Tim Campbell

Gnarabup Beach, Prevelly

The inlet cradled between Marmaduke Point and the jetty is an ocean lover’s nursery. This is the site of children’s summer ocean swim classes, after-school jetty jumps, and mid-morning coffees with vivid ocean views. Gnarabup Beach is protected by an outer reef that breaks the force of the swell, so it’s more often than not a perfect set up for calm swims and SUPing.

Gnarabup Beach
Gnarabup Beach. Credit: Jarrad Seng

Redgate, Margaret River

Nestled between rocky outcrops, Redgate Beach is renowned for its sandy beach and surf break of the same name. Redgate is in a special-purpose surfing zone, and is popular with locals and visitors alike. On a calm day, it’s a lovely spot for a swim too but note that an unpatrolled beach and rips occur, so please adhere to signage, weather and ocean conditions.

Redgate beach
Redgate Beach. Photo: Tim Campbell

Boranup Beach, Boranup

The sense of remote magic is on offer at Boranup Beach with an uninterrupted view of endless coastline and powdery white sand. If you’ve got a suitable car (read: we wouldn’t take a rental car here), there’s two-wheel drive access down a rough track off Boranup Drive leading to a small car park. Even though the beach is huge, the car park is relatively small, so we’d recommend having a backup beach in mind when adventuring here.

Boranup Beach, two people standing at the beach looking out over the ocean
Boranup Beach. Photo: Jinna Yang

Hamelin Bay Beach, Hamelin Bay

A visit to stunning Hamelin Bay is a must-do on any holiday schedule in the region. A vast expanse of bright white sand, turquoise waters filled with marine life, and spectacular coastal cliff walks. The sheltered bay is great for swimming, snorkelling and fishing, and divers can explore the nearby shipwreck.

Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay. Photo: Russell Ord

Cosy Corner, Augusta

The beach at Cosy Corner is generally sheltered and is popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving. The limestone platform on the beach to the south of the car park contains blowholes that can spurt water up to 6m high on rough days.

Cosy Corner. Photo: Tim Campbell

Granny's Pool, Augusta

At Granny’s Pool, an ocean outcrop of rock rings around the pool breaks the southerly swells and creates a swathe of calm blue. Stillness in the midst of stunning coastal ferocity. Family-friendly is a theme along this coastline, and the landscape surrounding Granny’s Pool is no exception. Granny’s Pool is safe harbour for the intrepid, and a wonderful launch pad of adventure for kids.

Granny's Pool Augusta
Granny's Pool. Photo: Tim Campbell

Flinders Bay, Augusta

The tranquil lagoon of Flinders Bay is crystal clear and has a small jetty with stairs that take you directly into shallow water. It’s not only a fantastic place for kids to go swimming, but you’ll often see people swimming laps and stand-up paddle boarding here too. It’s dog-friendly, and there’s a playground, toilet block, barbeques and a grassy foreshore.

Flinders Bay, Augusta
Flinders Bay. Photo: Tim Campbell