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Just 10 of WA’s best remote beaches

Voting has once again opened for one of the many ‘world’s best beaches’ lists which regularly bless our social feeds with ocean envy.

Beaches from all over the world are eligible for entry, but truth be told these competitions are only trying to be fair to everyone. If they were being honest, every beach on these lists would be West Australian.

From the forest-fringed white sand beaches of the south to the striking contrast of red cliffs and turquoise waters in the north, WA has the best coastline in the world and we know it, so we figured we’d do it ourselves.

Perth beaches were not included because there are too many people on them and honestly parking is a nightmare.

So without further ado, here are our picks for WA’s 10 best remote beaches. Oh, and if you want to vote in the world’s best beach list, click here.

10. Wedge Island

It is easy to see why the shack owners of Wedge Island are keen to hold onto their premises. This coastline seems to stretch on forever.

Drive along this beach and you find good spots to swim, surf and fish, or just cruise along slowly, enjoying the sand driving experience.

The good highway. Wedge Island Beach north of Lancelin.The good highway. Wedge Island Beach north of Lancelin.
Camera IconThe good highway. Wedge Island Beach north of Lancelin.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr.

The impressive sand dune just north of the settlement is a heap of fun for drivers wanting to test their fourbies, take in the scenery or trial their hand and sand boarding.

Oh and did we forget to mention emus are a regular sight? Everyone loves emus.

9. Lucky Bay, Esperance

The whitest sand in the land is how Lucky Bay is billed, and those lucky enough to have been will probably agree.

It’s not just people who like this beach, the local kangaroo population seems to love it too. This makes for some pretty stereotypical Australian scenes.

Grey kangaroo. Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance.Grey kangaroo. Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance.
Camera IconGrey kangaroo. Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance.Picture: The West Australian

It is a fairly normal sight to see greys lazing at Lucky Bay in the morning, and they rarely seem to fazed with humans getting up close.

Luck Bay is on the Southern Ocean so yes, the water is cold, but the beauty of the bay and surrounding national park should not dissuade you from taking the long road to Esperance.

8. Madfish Bay, Denmark

This is a remarkable little corner of the world. You have the well-known Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks which have become tourist magnets, but just a few minutes’ further down a dirt track you can find two spots with smaller crowds.

One is Waterfall Beach, no prizes for guessing why it is called that, and the other is Madfish Bay.

Madfish Bay is just around the corner from Greens Pool. near Denmark.Madfish Bay is just around the corner from Greens Pool. near Denmark.
Camera IconMadfish Bay is just around the corner from Greens Pool. near Denmark.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr

Striking rock formations dominate the landscape here. Big boulders rise from the clear blue waters and up into the forest. It is a calm bay most days, and if the white sand beach doesn’t take your fancy there are plenty of warm pools between the rocks to sit down and relax in.

7. Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo Coast

These days Turquoise Bay needs no introduction. It seems to feature right up the top of almost every best beach list published.

There are plenty of tourist traps which get similar love on must-do lists, but we can assure you this is not one of them.

The clean and pristine Ningaloo Coast.The clean and pristine Ningaloo Coast.
Camera IconThe clean and pristine Ningaloo Coast.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr.

Despite the worldwide acclaim Turquoise Bay is pretty quiet even on it’s busiest days. It is a big, winding beach capable of holding a lot of people without seeming crowded.

It is one of the cleanest beaches in the world too, almost entirely free of rubbish. The significant shallow coral system is a haven for fish, rays and turtles big and small just begging to be explored.

6. Todd Bay, Dampier Archipelago

We could have picked any beach on this under-appreciated Pilbara island chain, but West Lewis Island’s Todd Bay takes the cake today.

Take a boat ride out here and you will be met with a pristine sandy beach sitting in front of, shrub-covered dunes.

Todd Bay on West Lewis Island, Dampier Archipelago.Todd Bay on West Lewis Island, Dampier Archipelago.
Camera IconTodd Bay on West Lewis Island, Dampier Archipelago.Picture: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr.

To the north is a mangrove-lined creek, making this a great place to cast a line in an already brilliant fishing destination. The rocky hills around the bay house rare Rothschild rock wallabies.

The Pilbara’s beaches have a calming nature. There are no waves, just gentle, crystal clear waters lapping in and out with the tides. It helps that you can always find a beach all to yourself too.

5. Whalebone Point, Bremer Bay

This is a relatively undiscovered corner of WA, possibly due to being one of the few places left on earth with minimal information about it on Google.

Take your fourbie east of Bremer Bay and navigate your way through the maze of sandy tracks and you will eventually find yourself at the tip of the cape below Fitzgerald River National Park.

Whalebone Point is home to perhaps the best seat in Australia.Whalebone Point is home to perhaps the best seat in Australia.
Camera IconWhalebone Point is home to perhaps the best seat in Australia.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr.

This is not part of the national park so there are no entry fees which is a bonus. There are seasonal salmon fishing shacks dotted along the beaches here and common sense should tell you not to touch other people’s property.

Whalebone Point is one of those places which makes you feel like you are at the end of the world. As the name implies there are plenty of whales, and a seat up behind one of the shacks makes for a perfect viewing spot.

4. Shelley Beach, West Cape Howe

The best thing about Shelley Beach is the drive in. That is not to take away from the beach itself, but the scenery coming through the forest and down the hill is just so dramatic.

Shelley Beach is tucked away on a winding unsealed road in West Cape Howe National Park.Shelley Beach is tucked away on a winding unsealed road in West Cape Howe National Park.
Camera IconShelley Beach is tucked away on a winding unsealed road in West Cape Howe National Park.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr.

Shelley Beach is tucked away at the end of a peninsula with no established towns nearby so isn’t too well-known in tourism circles yet, but it is a very popular local haunt for beachgoers from Albany, Denmark and surrounds.

The rocky outcrop to the east is quite striking if you’re into photography and an occasional fresh water stream coming down from the forest above gives it a unique touch.

3. James Price Point, Dampier Peninsula

It may not be an ideal swimming beach, but anyone who has visited James Price Point will attest to the connection you feel to the land upon driving down through the striking red cliffs.

There is something ancient about this place which fills your soul, forever calling for you to return.

James Price Point cliffs.James Price Point cliffs.
Camera IconJames Price Point cliffs.Picture: WA News

You can swim here, but this beach is much better known for being one of the best free camping spots in Australia. Just set up beneath the cliffs and watch the whales play out on the horizon. Wait until dark and stare in wonder as the night sky comes alive.

This place stays with you for life.

2. Meelup Beach, Dunsborough

Another one of those beaut’ southern beaches tucked away in the forest, Meelup is a sight for sore eyes.

Situated just south of Dunsborough, Meelup is a popular haunt for WA travellers in the know and can get quite busy over summer.

Meelup Beach on a still summer morning.Meelup Beach on a still summer morning.
Camera IconMeelup Beach on a still summer morning.Picture: The West Australian

The picnic area among the trees is just perfect for a lazy afternoon. Meelup Beach is a photographer’s dream too. Rocky outcrops, white sand, lines of trees and at sunrise a stunning orange hue. It’s enough to make any keen shutterbug weak at the knees.

1. Turtle Bay, Dirk Hartog Island

Wow is this beach an effort to get to! First you have to get to Shark Bay. From there it is a three-hour drive up to Steep Point, followed by an expensive ten minute barge trip, then another few hours on a dirt track to get to the tip of Dirk Hartog Island. Even at that point you are not quite there.

From the top of the cliffs you peer out over a beautiful white sand bay sandwiched between coral-filled waters and towering cliffs.

Turtle Bay on the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island.Turtle Bay on the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island.
Camera IconTurtle Bay on the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island.Picture: Tom Zaunmayr.

Make your way down and you can pretty much have this remote corner of the world all to yourself. Of course you are not alone though, it is called Turtle Bay for a reason.

During the warmer months hundreds of turtles come here to lay their nests, and soon after the baby turtles make their dash to the sea.

This bay has a peacefulness about it. If you’re on the hunt for WA’s best beach, you simply must take this adventure out to the end of WA.

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