Top 25+ Western Australia Beaches

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  • 1. Turquoise Bay

    Turquoise Bay
    Dan Nevill

    The white sands and stunning aquamarine waters that Turquoise Bay is known for, make this one of the best places for relaxing in Western Australia. About 60 km northwest of Exmouth, it's part of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

    The clear waters make it is a top spot for snorkelling with an amazing diversity of corals, fish and marine life reasonably close to shore. The best time to snorkel on the… read more »

  • 2. Lucky Bay

    Lucky Bay
    Stan Feldman

    Lucky Bay is reputed to be Australia's whitest beach, making it an idyllic beach to visit with its pristine sand and aquamarine water. Views from the beach look out across the Recherche Archipelago, adding further to the natural beauty.

    Stretching for 5km, Lucky Bay is one of a series of beaches and coves along the Cape Le Grand National Park coastline. You'll usually have the beach almost to yourself, making it… read more »

  • 3. Little Salmon Bay // Rottnest Island

    Little Salmon Bay
    Sei F

    Situated on the southernmost tip of famous Rottnest Island, about 18km off the coast of Perth, Little Salmon Bay is a must for keen snorkellers. It has a wealth of colourful fish species milling around the bright Pocillopora coral in the bay waters.

    Serene Little Salmon Bay is popular with families as it offers soft white sand and calm, sheltered waters that are crystal clear. The beach descends quite steeply… read more »

  • 4. Cable Beach

    Cable Beach
    © Christopher Roe / 123rf

    Cable Beach in Broome is a long, flat, sandy beach, and by long we mean 22 kilometres (15 miles) long. It isn't just quantity over quality either; the beach here is beautiful white sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Much Cable beach backs on to gently sloping sand dunes, and in other places there are low cliffs of deep red sandstone.

    Given this vast expanse of sand… read more »

  • 5. Meelup Beach

    Meelup Beach
    David Jones

    Meelup Beach is a 400m long strip of sand at the mouth of the Meelup Brook situated in a small and secluded valley inlet.

    Getting to Meelup Beach is easy as it is just 10 minutes from the small town of Dunsborough, however it can be busy. There is road access to the car park and a grassy picnic area with benches and BBQs right beside the beach with shady… read more »

  • 6. Misery Beach

    Misery Beach
    David Jones

    Don't be put off by the name, for Misery Beach is anything but a misery. Looking north over Frenchman Bay from a southern slither of land, Misery Beach is largely sheltered from the region's prevailing winds, making it a good choice whatever the weather.

    Close to Torndirrup, its white sands run for 200 metres, and are met by a granite headland at one end, and a rocky point at the other.… read more »

  • 7. Swanbourne Beach

    Swanbourne Beach
    Mark Pegrum

    Located roughly 20 minutes from Perth by road, Swanbourne North Beach is part of a long ribbon of soft white sand which stretches for 12 kilometres.

    One of only two officially-recognised nudist beaches in the Perth area, this clothing-optional section of the larger Swanbourne Beach can be found around 300 m north of the car park, where dunes 10-20 m high begin to form. The dunes are fenced off to protect… read more »

  • 8. Warnbro Beach

    Warnbro Beach

    The white sands of Warnbro Beach arc for almost the entire 8.5 kilometre length of its bay. Pointing west towards The Sisters tree-topped offshore rocks, it lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Western Australia in the southern Port Kennedy suburb of Perth.

    A dog-friendly beach, there is a 900 metre section about midway which has also been designated a "Free Beach", making it one of just six officially-sanctioned read more »

  • 9. Cottesloe Beach

    Cottesloe Beach
    © Richard Majlinder

    Cottesloe is a true city beach in the best possible sense. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Perth, Cottesloe still manages to remain the quintessential laid-back Australian beach. This mile long strip of golden sand is Perth's answer to Bondi beach yet there are as many differences as similarities.

    Despite being on the edge of one of Australia's major cities Cottesloe still manages to retain a slower pace of… read more »

  • 10. Margaret River

    Margaret River
    © Chris Putnam / 123RF

    The beaches of Margaret River in Western Australia are not only beautiful but also home to some of Australia's biggest and best surf. Margaret River is not just one beach but a stretch of coast bursting with fantastic beaches. Whilst the backdrop varies from beach to beach you'll find white sand and turquoise waters the length of this coastline. As an added bonus, Margaret River is also a renown for… read more »

  • 11. Little Beach (Two Peoples Bay)

    Little Beach (Two Peoples Bay)

    Little Beach is a gorgeous white sandy beach within the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, about 35 km east of Albany in WA. Arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on the southwest coast, it has dazzling white sand, turquoise waves and is backed by tree-covered hills.

    Access is along Valiant Road to the small beach car park and then down steps or the ramp to the north… read more »

  • 12. Gnaraloo

    © Dougierem

    Well off the beaten track, Gnaraloo is on the stunning Coral Coast, reached along a lonely dirt track road 150km north of Carnarvon. A 4WD vehicle is recommended if you want to get here in one piece. The nearest landmark is the 90,000 hectare Gnaraloo Homestead and Sheep Station.

    The dramatic location and unspoilt natural beauty is what appeals to those who make the journey to Gnaraloo, where the sandy desert… read more »

  • 13. Geordie Bay // Rottnest Island

    Geordie Bay

    Lying on its northern coast facing out into nothing but the deep blue, Geordie Bay boasts one of the largest beaches on Rottnest Island. Its proximity to those lucky enough to be resident on the island all year round means that there are plenty of close amenities and accommodation options, as well as a café, store, and public toilets on the beach itself.

    The popularity of Geordie Bay doesn't just lie… read more »

  • 14. Pinky Beach // Rottnest Island

    Pinky Beach
    © Eva Tillmann

    One of Rottnest Island's north facing beaches, Pinky Beach is known for its tranquil atmosphere. Located close to Thomson Bay, the island's primary settlement, its white sands are a good length, alongside shallows that gleam in the sunlight like jewels.

    Backed by grassy dunes, Pinky Beach offers views of the historic Bathurst Lighthouse. One of two such structures on the island, it was built in 1899. From its elevated position it… read more »

  • 15. The Basin // Rottnest Island

    The Basin
    Brian Carlson

    Previously named Australia's top beach, an award not easy to come by in a country with 25,000 kilometres of coast, The Basin is just ten minutes from the main settlement of Thomson Bay.

    Edged by rocks and a fragile dune system, The Basin's sparkling sands slip into shallows that have long attracted swimmers, while its less-sheltered offshore reaches are a major attraction for surfers.

    At the peak of the surfing season, during… read more »