With sheltered waters, fine white sand, shady trees and free-for-use barbecues and picnic benches, this beach is a firm family favorite.
Meelup Beach is a wide, spacious stretch of sand lapped by calm transparent waters and equipped with facilities for a fun day out. Find shade under the branches of the trees that line the shore, take a dip in the sheltered waters and enjoy a feast cooked up on the beach’s public barbecues.
Though Meelup Beach isn’t typically crowded, it’s still wise to arrive early to get a good spot on the sand, particularly if it’s a weekend or a day during school vacations Roll out your towel in the sandy center and soak up the warm sun. Or, look for a shaded spot around the beach’s inland curve where the overhanging branches of tall jarrah trees shield you from the sun.
Head to the public change rooms, which have toilets and showers, to put on your swimsuit. Then venture into the waters for a swim. Snorkeling is also popular both on the beach itself and at the nearby Castle Rock. Because of the beach’s setting behind Geographe Bay, the waters are generally calm and thus suitable for weaker swimmers. Look out to the water to spot bobbing yachts; boats often drop anchor here so passengers can swim.
Take a walk along one of the coastal paths that wind throughout Meelup Park. A gentle route suitable for families extends along the coast offering gorgeous ocean vistas. Follow the path in spring to see colorful wildflowers in bloom in the surrounding bushland.
Back at the beach, light one of the gas barbecues, which are available for visitors to use. Enjoy lunch by the picnic tables or on the grass. If you happen to visit the beach in late winter or spring, look out at the sea for whales, which can often be spotted breaching the waves during their coastal migration.
Find Meelup Beach in Meelup Park, about a 10-minute drive from Dunsborough. It’s also possible to cycle to Meelup Beach from Dunsborough. A large car park is located next to the beach.