Boranup Beach is a great spot for 4WDing, fishing and surfing. The beach is located near Margaret River in Western Australia and offers stunning views of the coastline. Read on to find out all the answers to your questions about Boranup Beach!
- Where Is Boranup Beach?
- How To Get To Boranup Beach?
- What Can I Do At Boranup Beach?
- Boranup Beach Camping
- Boranup Beach 4WD Track
- Boranup Beach Fishing
- Boranup Beach Surfing
- Boranup Beach Swimming
- Is Boranup Beach Dog-Friendly?
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Where Is Boranup Beach?
Boranup Beach is one of the longest beaches in the Margaret River Region, and includes 7.8km of white, sandy beaches, between Hamelin Bay in the south and North Point in the north.
How To Get To Boranup Beach?
Let me explain to you the two ways for Boranup Beach access.
If you are driving from the north, you can travel south along Caves Road, and turn west onto Boranup Drive (make sure it’s Boranup Drive South, not Boranup Drive North). The correct track is almost directly opposite Boranup Maze. Drive past the camping area and keep going for another 2km or so, then take a left onto Grace Road and follow the road until the end. From here, you can park in a car park at the top of the hill and walk down a sand dune to the beach.
If you are driving from the south, head north along Caves Road, and about 600m after the intersection of Caves Road and Bushby Road, take your first left gravel road you come across, marked as Reserve Road on maps. This is a much harder track, but a stunning drive, suitable for experienced 4WDers only. There are a few rocky sections and there can be deep puddles and washouts after rainfall. It's important to let your tyres down and be aware of your clearance, especially over some of the rocky sections. The track can be busy on good surf days or during the salmon run so be aware of other drivers.
Both tracks are 4WD only, and I recommend being prepared to let your tyres down, and taking an air compressor, recovery tracks, water, and a snatch strap, or even better, travel with a second vehicle. Reception can be patchy as well, so let someone know where you are going and what time you are expected to return.
What To Do In Boranup Beach?
Boranup Beach Camping
Are you wondering can you camp at Boranup Beach? Unfortunately, the answer is no, however you are very close to Boranup, Contos, Jarrahdene and Point Road Campgrounds. Click to find out more about the Best Bush Camping Spots in Margaret River here.
Boranup Beach 4WD Track
You can drive on Boranup Beach, but to do so you will need to take Reserve Road to do so as Grace Road only takes you to a car park.
You will be able to drive a fair section of the beach, but you may eventually come to a section that gets too close to the water, in which case turn around and head back.
The sand is very soft in winter and close to the water and you will need to lower your tire pressures accordingly. Take your time and be careful, you don’t want to get bogged on this remote section of beach!
Boranup Beach Fishing
The fishing here is awesome, with plenty of good Herring, Tailor and Skippy biting regularly. You can even target Mulloway in the deeper channels. This is also a great beach for catching Salmon during the annual Salmon run. Click here for more Margaret River Fishing Spots.
Boranup Beach Surfing
If you have taken the Reserve Road option to get onto the beach, drive along and check out the sandbars to find a good place to surf. If you have parked in the car park off Grace Road, about 3km north of the Reserve Road option, you will find a few surfers here as there are consistent waves and most people use the Grace Road option.
Boranup Beach Swimming
Are you wondering can you swim at Boranup Beach? My advice is to be very careful if you are wanting to swim at Boranup Beach. It can have serious rips and undertows. Also, it's an unpatrolled and remote stretch of beach, so you are a long way from help if something bad happens.
Is Boranup Beach Dog-Friendly?
No, Boranup Beach is not dog-friendly as you would have to take your dog through Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to get there, and dogs are not allowed in national parks. You are allowed to drive along Caves Road with a dog in your car, even though it falls within Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, as long as you don’t stop inside the park boundaries. Park Rangers will fine you if you are caught, so don’t even bother trying.
Overall, Boranup Beach is a great spot for a day or overnight trip. There is plenty to do, and the views are stunning. If you're looking for a beach getaway, Boranup Beach should definitely be on your list!