A beach usually features heavily in most holiday plans. Luckily, Albany has many great and unique beaches that offer something for everyone all year round. It’s also handy that many Albany beaches are a short drive from most holiday accommodation, making a morning walk or afternoon fishing trip easy.
Here are some of the many beaches near Albany and also some that are a little further from the city if you’re feeling like a drive.
Named after Captain Middleton who arrived in 1834, bringing Governor James Stirling, the man who started the settlement at the Swan now Perth and Fremantle.
Middleton Beach is the main swimming beach of Albany. The beautiful waters attracting both visitors and locals alike. Plus it’s only a short distance from Albany City.
Frenchman Bay Beach
Frenchmans Bay so named because the French explorer Nicholas Baudin landed there in 1803 in the Geographe. A short scenic drives from Albany, good for swimming and has BBQS. Very close to Whale World the Gap and the Natural Rock Bridge. So make a day of it.
Emu Point Beach
Emu Point named after the Vessel Emu that stopped there on their return to England in 1815. William Charles Wentworth who was the first person to find his way through the Blue Mountains near Sydney was on board. Emu Point Beach has sea swimming baths and is therefore one of the best place to swim if you are looking for protected waters. There are BBQ’S, a Cafe, and Japanese Restaurant but of course the most important feature is the Kalgan Queen goes by every day and if you book you could be on her.
Nanarup Beach is 30k East of Albany, [SEE MAP] if you’re not in a 4WD stop in the car park beside the toilets and walk the last 250m to the Beach, which can be good Salmon fishing. For swimming turn right on the beach and walk 400m to the pool in the Rocks. The meaning of Nanarup is unclear although some people believe it is the place where on April the 1 st 2011 in the morning Jack Jones was told his Mothers Mother was at the far end.
Gull Rock Beach
Gull Rock Beach named of course because of the large number of Gulls found on the rock just off shore, one of whom Captain Kalgan thinks might have been Jonathan Livingstone! Gull Rock is 26k East of Albany. Take the two peoples Bay road and turn right about 2k after the Kalgan Bridge. It’s a great bird watching area and can be good fishing.
Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe is a beautiful and powerful beach along the waters of Torbay. The turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination.
The beach and lookout are located just south ofCosy Corner along Coombes and Shelley Beach Roads, Shelley Beach has a large car park set just behind the beach.
Above, the Shelley Beach Lookout is worth a visit for it’s views across Torbay and Torbay Head to the south, and of Torndirrup Peninsula, the Albany Wind Farm and The Gap across the water to the west.
Flinders Isthmus Beaches
Ledge Beach or Boiler Bay Beach
Ledge Beach is a place which despite being quiet very quiet has its own attractions. If you want history then go to the southern end which is often called Boiler Bay. Here you will find what’s left of a ship that was wrecked there in 1936. Not a ship wreck as it was towed here from the town jetty after as much as was of value was taken! Walk the very quiet beach taking in the wild life and views across King George Sound to Breaksea Island and Michaelmas Island. Fish from the beach or rocks at Boiler Bay end, with caution, it’s a great spot to go when you don’t want a lot of noise save the breaking of the waves. Oh yes there is one other thing did I mention, it is quiet?
I have lived in Albany for 19 years and if I found a beach like Goode Beach anywhere else in the World it would be full of people swimming fishing BBQ’S and having fun. But in Albany Goode beach is mostly quiet, why! Because it’s a little way out and Albany is spoilt, as you will know looking through our Albany Beaches page for beaches and things to do. So if you want a World class beach, sometimes to yourself take a walk and ‘Welcome to Goode Beach”.
Betty’s Beach is or was a professional Salmon fishing beach. You will find a camping area and toilets. A small bay beach which can be OK fishing and walking is good in the area with caution on the rocks.
Lowlands Beach is located 35km west of Albany along the Lower Denmark Road or 25km east of Denmark along the Lower Denmark Road. Lowlands Beach is remote but incredible.
Lowlands Beach lies between West Cape Howe and the Wilson Inlet (and the Town of Denmark) in the ‘Torbay’ and ‘Lowlands’ area of coastline. It’s a beautiful beach, tucked between towering limestone cliffs.
The descent from the carpark onto the beach winds down through the bushland onto a gently sloping boulder overlooking the beach.
Little Beach is a beautiful white beach in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, 35 kilometres east of Albany. View a map of Two Peoples Bay National Park to get your bearings.
Little Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the south-west coast. Beautiful turquoise waters, white sand and large waves make Little Beach a must-see for travellers to the region.
The stairs or ramp from the car park lead directly on to the northern side of the beach.
It is a beautiful walk along the beach to where a giant stone stands alone against the sea. Little Beach is somewhat sheltered by the headland and, as we said, is blessed with bright turquoise waters.