Baird Bay (David Edgar)



Want it bigger and wilder? Head west. Here’s where you’ll swim with dolphins and sea lions, fish for champion salmon and discover the joys of Streaky Bay.

There are plenty of hidden gems along this stretch of coastline, so embrace your inner wanderer and get exploring. And when you’re in search of a little civilisation? Stop at one of the gorgeous beach towns and embrace the lifestyle, meet the locals and taste some delicious food.


Set on the shores of the spectacular Waterloo Bay, Elliston is famed for its beautiful sunsets, breathtaking scenery, surfing, fishing and wildlife. We mean it when we say it’s the embodiment of a seaside town! Swim, surf, dive and float your way to paradise – there’s plenty of fishing opportunities, including the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship every year, and keep an eye out for sea lions and Southern Right Whales in the winter.


Tranquil Venus Bay is the ultimate holiday destination. Incredibly popular with locals, Venus Bay – with its island dotted bay on one side and rugged clifftops on the other – is a favourite holiday destination for generations of people. The calm bay is excellent for water activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, kayaking and swimming, as well as a reliable place to catch a feed. Anchor near the sandbar and swim away from the beach, or visit Fox Island and search for cockles. Tackle the South Head walking trail, there is no need to rush this 2.2km loop walk, in fact we suggest you take your time - you never know who you may run into!


Home to some of the very best prawns around (in our opinion), Port Kenny might be small, but its seafood is out of this world. Close to some of the best experiences along the West Coast, Port Kenny is a fantastic place to either base yourself or make a stopover. The sea lions at Point Labatt, Murphy’s Haystacks, Mount Camel beach and Talia Caves are all just a short drive away.


Stunning coastal scenery, fantastic local seafood, and all the beach activities you could ask for – that’s Streaky Bay. It’s an ideal base to explore this rugged coastline, while also relaxing in the sheltered waters of the bay and enjoying the beach lifestyle. Walk, swim, cycle and snorkel your way around this epic environment as you taste delicious seafood – catch your own, or buy it freshly caught at a local store – and then when you need a break, head to a local café, bakery or the hotel and let someone else do the cooking.
There’s plenty of accommodation options, from two caravan parks to holiday houses and hotels to eco villas. And there’s so much to explore – Murphy’s Haystacks, Tractor Beach, Granites, Perlubie and several coastal drives. And we’ve still left a lot of stuff out!


Swim with the sea lions and dolphins at the home of the original tour. This is a must-do experience if you’re on the West Coast, the dolphins and sea lions really do play with you in the water! Don’t forget to drop a line in the water, too. Fishermen are rarely disappointed in this part of the world, with its 3000ha of protected bay teeming with wildlife. There are facilities to launch your boat, too!


A short drive from Streaky Bay, you will find Sceale Bay (pronounced scale) a popular destination for fishing, swimming and surfing. 

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