Find the best beaches in Albany WA

Walk on a pristine beach with turquoise waters and crunchy white sand.

Beaches that stretch forever with huge iconic granite rocks and amazing skies.

Check best beaches for protection during Summer or Winter winds.

 

Discover the beaches around Albany.

  

Best time to swim at Albany's many beaches is early mornings before the wind starts blowing. Winter winds originate mostly in the West & South, Summer winds originate in the East & North. There are beaches that work well during the summer and winter months. See list below for your best options.


Swim, surf or dive into the crystal clear waters and always take care at our beaches.Be aware of surges and strong currents at some locations.Children should be carefully supervised at all beaches, especially at our many isolated beaches without surf-lifesaving on hand. Best beaches for children are Emu Point near the swimming lanes 
& Gull Rock (when there is an easterly) in the corner with supervision.

  

wind direction (summer)

EAST-NORTH EAST

 

Most protected beaches:
Gull Rock (protected with Easterly)
Frenchmans Bay (grass corner - picnics),
Mutton Bird Beach
Greens Pool Denmark.

 

 

wind direction (winter)

WEST-SOUTH WEST

 

Most protected beaches:
Middleton Beach (Ellen Cove Corner)
Frenchmans Bay (grassed corner)
Fisheries (some corners under shelter)
Emu Point near swimming lanes
Nanarup Lagoon, Little Beach, Betty's Beach
Waychinicup, Cosy Corner, Shelley Beach, Ocean Beach & Waterfall Beach, Denmark.

Early Middleton Beach

Early Middleton Beach

Verna Goodman recalls her memories of the bathing booths on Middleton beach – the main town beach of Albany. This is accompanied by some very old film footage of activities on the beach back in the 1930’s.

Little Beach

Little Beach

Little Beach is a white sand beach with granite rocks & turquoise waters. Unique flora & fauna. Toilets available. Stairs or ramp from carpark directly to north end of beach. Easy climb over rocks to explore both ends of this secluded swimming spot. Directions: From Albany town: Collingwood Rd, Lower King Rd, Nanarup Rd, Two Peoples Bay Rd. approx. 30km (30 mins) north east of Albany. photo: Albany Aerial Imagery PH 0419415093

Middleton Beach

Middleton Beach

A family beach close to town. Swimming ,a surf break, Cafe, bbq's, seafaring fantasy childrens play area, surf club rooms, protected picnic area, boardwalk around Mt Adelaide. Swim from the beach or jetty to the pontoon in the protected bay behind the shark barrier in complete safety. Its a mega olympic pool in the ocean. Enjoy! Directions: Drive 5 mins. from town along Middleton Road to the beach car park or caravan park.

Emu Point Beach

Emu Point Beach

An iconic Albany beach with a protected bay when the easterly wind is blowing. Luxurious grassed shaded area perfect for summer picnics & swimming. BBq's available. Boat ramp available to the west of the beach. Easy access directly to the beach. Cafe with great breakfast, lunch & coffee. Directions: From Albany town, drive 3 mins. along Middleton Rd, left Golf Links Rd, 5 mins to Emu Point. photo: Carol Duncan http://www.carolduncanphotography.com.au/

Cosy Corner Beach

Cosy Corner Beach

Cosy Corner is a stunning white sandy beach with turquoise water overlooking Migo Island. There is a protected camping area, behind the beach, surrounded by Peppermint trees, with good swimming and fishing. Directions: From Albany town, take Lower Denmark Rd West for 15mins, Cosy Corner road (left) turn.

Albany's Whale Story

Albany's Whale Story

TOUR AVAILABLE DAILY ‘Celebrate the future through the past’. Imagine for a moment the spume of spray and the playful leap of a whale as it makes its way along The Amazing South Coast. Today it travels on undisturbed. Take a private guided tour of Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, the only station in the world open for viewing. Duration: 4 Hours (approx)

Mutton Bird Beach

Mutton Bird Beach

A stunning swimming & surfing beach. Walk to the west past the river mouth (1.25 hour return). Walk 5 minutes east along the beach to a secluded lagoon for swimming. Directions: Take the Lower Denmark Rd out of Albany, turn left on the Elleker Grasmere Rd, then left into Mutton Bird Rd.

Lights Beach Denmark

Lights Beach Denmark

Park in the carpark & walk along the track to the left. The rocks in the corner of the beach collect waves and form a stunning waterfall. Its possible to bathe in the safe waters of the little waterfall. Very amazing experience. Make a memory! Directions: Drive to Denmark from Albany (35 mins). Drive straight through town on Southcoast Highway then turn left into Ocean Beach Rd, Right into Lights Rd.

Nanarup Beach

Nanarup Beach

Park near the riverbank on arrival (toilets nearby) or drive out onto the beach & park near the river mouth. Walk to the right for surfing or continue on to the lagoon lagoon below the headland where conditions are ideal for swimming & family fun. Directions: From Albany take Lockyer Ave which becomes Ulster Rd after the roundabout. Follow to the end and you will arrive at Nanarup Beach.

Frenchmans Bay

Frenchmans Bay

An iconic Albany beach with a protected bay in easterly winds. Luxurious grassed shaded area perfect for summer picnics & swimming. BBq's available. Boat ramp available to the west of the beach. Easy access directly to the beach. Directions: Take Frenchmans Bay Road out of Albany. Say on Frenchmans Bay Rd right to the end, past the Gap, Salmon Holes & whaling station turnoffs.

Book a Tour Today

Book a Tour Today

The Busy Blue Bus offers tours of Albany & the Great Southern in Western Australia. Experience a wide range of unique tours from the Killer Whale expedition to our breweries, wineries and fresh local produce. Step into an ancient forest or walk the way of the Anzacs and discover our history and traditions.

Boiler Bay near Gull Rock

Boiler Bay near Gull Rock

Park in the bush carpark and walk 5 minutes down a sloping path to the beach. When the Easterly wind is blowing you’ll find perfect protection in the corner of the beach. Swim out and dive from the sunken relic in the turquoise bay, its paradise on earth. Directions: From Albany, take Lockyer Ave which becomes Ulster Rd, Lower King Rd, Nanarup Rd. Turn right at Gull Rock Rd (unsealed). Take this gravel road almost to the end, you will see a small turnoff to the right where there is a carpark.

Shelley Beach

Shelley Beach

A great place for a picnic or fishing. Hang gliding from hill above beach. From there, visit West Cape Howe National Park. Directions: Take the Lower Denmark Road from Albany. Turn left into Cosy Corner Rd, turn right into Coombes Rd, left into Shelley Beach Rd.

Fisheries Beach

Fisheries Beach

Turquoise water and huge granite boulders, (usually with large lizards basking in the sunshine) and fishing from the beach or rocks with a nudist beach to the North. Directions: From Frenchman’s Bay Rd take Quaranup Rd on the left out along Vancouver Penisular past a hairpin bend and the Mistaken Island sign to the next right hand turn which takes you into the car park. From there a bush path leads to a magnificent beach.

Greens Pool Denmark

Greens Pool Denmark

Greens Pool is definitely a “not to be missed” location. World class beach, boulders and lagoon in an unbelievable setting, all surrounded by crystal clear, calm turquoise water. Change rooms and toilets included. This beach alone will make your trip down South a winner. And don’t forget your camera. Directions: 35 mins from Albany on Southcoast Hwy. Through Denmark and continue on same road. Turn left at William Bay road (15 minutes drive). You will find Greens Pool & Madfish Bay.

Ocean Beach Denmark

Ocean Beach Denmark

This is a popular surfing beach with grassed picnic areas, lifesavers and toilets and change rooms. A popular beach for long walks to rock pools and/or birdwatching at the river mouth. Also fishing from beach and rocks. Directions: Drive 35 minutes to Denmark from Albany on the Southcoast Hwy. On arrival in Denmark, carry on over the bridge and through town, turn left into Ocean Beach Road at the top service station.

 
When you come to Albany, allow some time to visit our many attractions

Our restaurant guide is comprehensive and easy to navigate. Also visit our Gluten Free page if you need to find a loaf of bread or GF restaurant.  Our list of the best attractions available in Albany WA will give you a quick overview.