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WA south coast

Below is a list of all the pages on this website which are concerned with places on and near the south coast of Western Australia (from the Walpole region eastwards). See map at bottom of page for locations.


Misery Beach, near Albany

Beautiful Misery Beach

Western Australia's south coast has some beautiful beaches, and Misery Beach is one of my favourites despite its completely inappropriate name. It is a delightful sheltered beach near Albany on WA's south coast. It faces north and has great views, yet is little-used.

 

Conspicuous Beach, Western Australia - east end

Conspicuous Beach

Much of the coastline around Walpole in Western Australia's south is georgeously rugged, but difficult to get to. One of the few beaches in the area accessible to normal two-wheel-drive vehicles is Conspicuous Beach. As an example of the state's wild and isolated coastal splendor it is hard to beat.

 

Elephant Rocks, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks, WA

Having visited Elephant Rocks in New Zealand, I was keen to also check out Elephant Rocks in Western Australia to compare them, and see which ones look most like elephants.

 

Fernhook Falls and Beardmore Rd bridge, Western Australia

Fernhook Falls

Fernhook Falls is more a series of cascades than a single waterfall, and is a lovely spot to visit in the rainy season. In a remote patch of native forest, the Deep River tumbles over rocks through a number of lush pools, providing a scenic side trip for those travelling between Manjimup and Walpole.

 

Kukenarup memorial, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia

Kukenarup - memorial to a massacre

On a long road trip it can be easy to just keep driving past small historic sites that appear unexpectedly. The Kukenarup memorial, near Ravensthorpe in WA, is a good example of why it can be worth making the time to stop. It combines the sad and the positive in a memorial which is unique in Australia.

 

Lucky Bay, Western Australia, from east end

Lucky Bay - the far side

Anyone visiting Esperance in Western Australia would know of Lucky Bay - one of the more popular highlights of a stunning stretch of coast. The access point is at the west end of the bay, but not all visitors get to experience the different landscapes and ambience at the far east end. The lure of a slightly less travelled path compelled me to go and have a look.

 

Looking west from the summit of Mt Frankland, Western Australia

Mt Frankland

Mt Frankland is a granite dome looming large over the forest north of Walpole in Western Australia. At 411m above sea level it is not big even by Australian standards, but it is enough for some great views over vast tracts of barely disturbed karri and jarrah forest. It is also accessible to anyone able to walk up a steep path with lots of steps.

 

Nuyts wilderness track, Western Australia

Nuyts wilderness track

Back in the old days before the Bibbulmun Track, one of the main south coast walks near Walpole was the Nuyts wilderness track. With the Bibbulmun now getting most attention, the Nuyts track has become less used and overgrown, in keeping with its wilderness status. For anyone prepared for a little scrub bashing and happy to look out for snakes, this track is a rewarding way to access secluded coves and some awesome coastline on a long day-walk.

 

Bluff Knoll from the airstrip with glimpses of accommodation through the trees below. Stirling Range Retreat, Western Australia

Stirling Range Retreat

The Stirling Range in the south of WA is an impressive collection of mountains rising abruptly from the surrounding flatness. It can be visited in day trips from Albany, or smaller towns within an hour drive. But to really soak in the environment I can recommend staying at the Stirling Range Retreat, near the highest peak in southern WA.

 

Wildflowers on Frenchmans Peak near Esperance, Western Australia

Stopping to smell the flowers on Frenchmans Peak

“Stop and smell the roses (or flowers)” - an old piece of wisdom, urging us to pause and appreciate the beauty all around us. It may be wise, but can be easily forgotten when travelling. So much to see, and so little time! On a climb up Frenchman's Peak in Western Australia I took the old saying literally, and was very impressed with what I saw ... once I stopped long enough to really see it.

 

Turbines at the Albany Wind Farm, Western Australia

Sunsets at the Albany Wind Farm

The coastal wind farm near Albany attracts visitors; mainly to view the turbines. If you time your visit right, it can also be an excellent spot to view and photograph the sunset over a great stretch of unspoiled coastline.

 

Creek crossing the main beach at Thistle Cove, Esperance, Western Australia

Thistle Cove

When I first visited the Esperance area of Western Australia in the 1990s, I thought Thistle Cove was close to perfection. That is, if you like charming secluded bays with gorgeous beaches and picturesque rocky backdrops. All unspoiled by humans. I returned more recently for a closer look, to see if it really is as lovely as I remembered it.

 

The WOW Wilderness Ecocruise boat in the channel between the Walpole and Nornalup inlets

Walpole wilderness by boat

Fancy an interpretive eco-cruise into the Walpole wilderness area and marine park? That's how the brochure describes this small boat trip in one of the most unspoiled inlets on the Australian coast, and it really is a beauty. The guide is pretty amazing too.

 

Whaling Cove beach, Albany, Western Australia

Whaling Cove beach

Albany on the WA south coast is known for its gorgeous coastline, but many of its beaches are exposed to boisterous seas and winds. One beach which is reasonably sheltered and safe in the right conditions is Whaling Cove - its scenery and views across one of the world’s great natural harbours put it among my favourites.

 

The platform above Mandalay beach

Wild solitude at Mandalay Beach

Between Walpole and Augusta in Western Australia lies nearly 200km of unpopulated and undeveloped southern coastline. Only two points on this remote stretch can be reached by normal car - one of them is the ruggedly handsome Mandalay Beach.

 

Dusk at Conspicuous Beach, Western Australia

Winter on the WA south coast

Cold, wet, miserable ... words used by some people to express their reluctance to visit Western Australia's south coast in winter. But is it really that bad? I don’t think so. With words and pictures I illustrate some of the positive things about winter on the WA south coast.

 

Location map - WA south coast

The symbols on this map mark the locations of places I've written about.


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