Enjoy the coastline scenery at the best beaches in Albany and the Great Southern region
Renowned for its long stretches of bright white sand, clear turquoise waters and smooth granite headlands, the beaches of Albany and the south coast are undoubtedly some of- if not the – best in the world.
Considering one such beach was just crowned the best of the best in the whole of Australia, it’s safe to say a road trip south is on the cards to soak in a few of WA’s most stunning coastline hideaways.
Load up the car, fetch the beach towels and grab your fave bathers- we’re taking you to some of our favourite beaches in the Great Southern region.
I’m sure you’ve heard, but very recently Albany’s very own Misery Beach was named the best beach in the country by Tourism Australia – so naturally, it earns the top spot on our must-visit list.
You can find the now-famous little spot about 20 km’s out of Albany along Frenchman’s Bay Road. It’s peaceful, secluded, and sat on a stretch of white-as sand that leads over to an impressive granite headland. You should probably make a trip ASAP before the whole of Australia flocks to its shores.
Location: Torndirrup, Western Australia
One word to describe Greens Pool? Magical.
Pretty much completely sheltered by rounded rock boulders, this is pretty close to what one might call paradise in our own backyard. The turquoise water, pristine sands and crystal clear conditions are nothing short of breathtaking. As soon as you see it, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most popular beaches in the area.
Location: Edge of William Bay National Park, Denmark
Also a very well known little slice of Albany heaven, Little Beach scores points on all fronts.
Small, picture-perfect and seemingly blessed with the bluest of oceans, it’s not just the dazzling waterfront that draws visitors to its edge, but the also famous rock formation right in the middle of the beach that has made many Insta shots.
Location: Nanarup, Western Australia
Two People’s Bay
Not to be confused with Little Beach, which is a part of Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, this entire spot deserves its very own mention.
It’s a much longer space if you find Little Beach a bit to, well, little, and still highlights the amazing coastal scenery of the great South. It’s all part of a secluded nature reserve that also features a great hike along the Baie des Deux Peuples Heritage Trail if you’re up for a bit of leisurely exercise.
Location: 35 kilometres east of Albany, Western Australia.
Another sheltered little gem, Whaling Cove is among our favourites for its amazing scenery and views across King George Sound.
It’s just a bit of a drive out towards Torndirrup National Park and is usually quite popular. The views alone make it an amazing spot to sit and soak in the coastline or grab some nice snaps, and if conditions are good you won’t be able to resist a cheeky dip.
Location: Albany, Western Australia
This stretch of gorgeous beach in Denmark has earned its iconic name from the stunning rock formation that resembles a herd of elephants playing in the water.
It’s just next to Greens Pool, and a fabulous sight to behold. It is a bit more exposed to the elements, so it’s not the greatest spot for a swim- but it doesn’t have to be when it looks this good.
Location: William Bay National Park, Denmark
Super popular among families, a trip to Bremer Bay calls for a necessary visit to Blossoms beach.
It’s pretty much good for any form of beach activity your heart desires, and the shallow conditions make it perfect for little ones. It’s got vehicle access and crystal clear waters to enjoy all day long.
Location: Bremer Bay, Western Australia
Yet again, a stunning seascape in Albany is calling our name.
Popular for swimming, windsurfing and picnicking, Middleton Beach does it all with 5 kilometres of squeaky white sand and barbecue facilities for a full day of beach fun. There’s also a jetty you can fish off if you’re up for that kind of thing, and the sunsets are pretty gorgeous from here.
Location: Albany, Western Australia
Appropriately named, you can’t help but instantly relax when you hit the shores of Peaceful Bay.
Located about 45km’s west of Denmark, it’s a great spot for swimming, snorkelling, kite surfing or simply sitting back and enjoying the view. The little known spot is usually quiet, and you can be sure vacation mode will be instantly switched on when you arrive.
Location: Between Walpole and Denmark
A 20-minute drive from Albany’s centre, Frenchman Bay’s shallow turquoise waters are divine for swimming and snorkelling, with the HMAS Perth dive wreck below the surface providing a great space for keen explorers.
If you visit between June and October you might find yourself lucky enough to catch the humpback and southern right whales frolicking out at sea in the annual migration.
Location: Frenchman Bay, Western Australia
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