Swimming at Horrocks Beach, Western Australia
Horrocks Beach is one of those rare places that will take your breath away at first glance. A mix of soft sand, crystal clear water, stunning scenery and serene atmosphere, this amazing beach is a perfect getaway with plenty of things to do for every type of traveler. So, if you ever wondered if you should put it on your bucket list, keep reading.
When and why visit Horrocks Beach?
This little piece of heaven, located only 20 km from Northampton, on the Coral Coast of Western Australia is also known as the top mainland beach in Australia. It is not only a popular relaxation spot but also a diverting place with an interesting history story behind it. Just imagine that you are having a time of your life in a former traditional holiday village in 1850s. How cool is that?
During the summer months, Horrocks Beach is perfect for swimming and exploring the diversity of marine life. If you are more into nature and rich wildlife world, you should plan a vacation during the spring months. It is a time when you can spot migrations of Humpback whales that is among the unique experiences that this beach has to offer.
Entry to the beach is free and it is surely an excellent getaway and a perfect place for couples, families with children or solo travelers.
For all those history buffs who would like to know more, Willigully Caves are unavoidable. A spectacular natural attraction is also a fascinating rock formation created by the Nhanda people. There is no better place to learn about their customs, traditions and values.
After exploring an interesting part of the beach history, head to Bowes River Mouth to catch some fantastic waves and let your adrenaline to the surface! There you will find the perfect surfing and windsurfing spots due to the heavy waves crashing across the reef. When the tide is low, feel free to try scuba diving or snorkeling while admiring the rich underwater world. The Bowes River is also a special place favored among nature lovers so get your camera ready because here you will get face to face with pelicans, black swans, eagles and other interesting bird species. After enjoying the birdlife, head to the jetty and try your luck in fishing activities. There is a great chance that you will catch tasty delicacies like herrings, snappers or mulloways.
On the other hand, even if you are not an adrenaline junkie, you can enjoy the beach because during the summer months it offers great opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Be sure to pack your favorite pair of mens swim shorts. Thanks to the reef and limestone escarpments that surround the bay, you can even take a walk along the reef, exploring rock pools and dunes while admiring the ocean view or catching a spectacular sunset with your loved one. Take some fish n’chips from the store nearby or make your own picnic area and enjoy the peace and quiet of Horrocks Beach.
There are also adventure playgrounds for the children nearby, so even the little ones can have a splash of fun. Western Australia is full of amazing surprises!