There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Margaret River for you to enjoy with your furry friend, you just need to know where to look! Luckily, I am a local expert on Margaret River, dogs, and beaches, so I’ve done all the looking for you to make your life easier!
There are many dog-friendly beaches near Margaret River to choose from, just make sure you don’t wander into the beaches that are in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park or any of the ‘strictly for human recreation’ beaches. They’re out of bounds to your four-legged friend.
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Dog-Friendly Beaches In Margaret River
This list of dog-friendly beaches near Margaret River starts at the south end of the South-West at the town of Augusta and works up the coast to Busselton. Augusta is a half-hour’s drive south from Margaret River, and the dog-friendly beach called Flinder’s Bay.
Running from the river mouth all the way to the caravan park, (which also happens to be a dog-friendly camping spot), the beach of Flinder’s Bay is an excellent place to let your dog enjoy the sand, surf, and sun. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River website has more information.
Just a few clicks west of Margaret River, a seven-minute drive to be exact, you have Gnarabup Beach at Prevelly.
Up at the northern end of Gnarabup Beach, below Surfer’s Point, dogs are allowed to roam free with no restraints all year round. The best place to access this beach is the parking lot on Reef Road.
This dog-friendly beach near Margaret River is gorgeous. There are rock pools begging to be explored, as well as plenty of white sand to play and run around on, and turquoise water to swim in. Very picturesque if you want a seaside photo for your dogs' Bucket List.
Over at the sand dunes in Riflebutts Reserve, dogs are also allowed off-leash, just not in the playground area. Seasonally, dogs are allowed off-leash along the beach from Seagrass Place to Gas Bay Road Car Park.
The Augusta-Margaret River Shire has a map that better indicates which parts of the area are dog friendly all year-round or just seasonally.
Further north, the next town you’ll come across is the charming holiday village of Gracetown, which has a dog-friendly beach at the south end and is best accessed via the dirt track a bit past Percy Street on Bayview Terrace. Gracetown is a 20-minute drive from Margaret River.
If you keep heading north up the coast from Gracetown, you’ll end up in Yallingup, which is a half-hour drive north of Margaret River. Here, you’ll have two beaches to choose from. Smith’s Beach and Yallingup Beach.
Smith’s Beach is for early risers and late-night owls as it's only dog-friendly before 9 am and after 5 pm.
Yallingup Beach has pristine sands and great surf. This pet-friendly beach near Margaret River is delightful. A lagoon of shallow waters is fantastic for lying down and letting the water lap around you, or for the small kidlets and young puppies to run around and play in without feeling like they’re “in too deep”.
If you’re still traveling north, you’ll have to turn east at some point and head towards Dunsborough and Busselton, but never fear, the areas surrounding the Margaret River Region have many dog-friendly beaches, so you’ll find some there too.
Bunker Bay is a gorgeous beach just west of the town of Eagle Bay. This scenic dog beach has plenty to explore and space to play. It’s a place you should definitely visit on your trip to the southwest. Bunker Bay is almost an hour north of Margaret River, but only 40 minutes from Busselton.
Between Dunsborough and Busselton, and even beyond Busselton, there are good stretches of dog-friendly beach, which is great for those that love long beach walks. However, some of the off-leash beach areas are seasonal, and others are on-leash only. To find out which ones are accessible for your four-legged friend, visit the Busselton Shire website.
Are Dogs Allowed On Hamelin Bay Beach?
No, dogs are not allowed on Hamelin Bay beach. This is because Hamelin Bay is located in the Leeuwin National Park. As dogs are not allowed in National Parks, don’t risk taking your dog there, as you’ll be risking a dent in your bank account!
Can Dogs Go On Yallingup Beach?
Yes, Yallingup Beach is dog friendly.
Are Dogs Allowed At Yallingup?
Yes, dogs are allowed at Yallingup on-leash.
Is Canal Rocks Dog-Friendly?
No. Canal Rocks is located within the Leeuwin National Park, so dogs are not allowed here.
Is Redgate Beach Dog-Friendly?
Sadly, no beaches in Redgate are dog-friendly.
Are Dogs Allowed At Bunker Bay Beach?
Yes, dogs are allowed at Bunker Bay beach, but only up the northern end of the beach.
Where Can I Take My Dog In Margaret River?
Can Dogs Go To Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse?
No. Dogs are not allowed at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, as the lighthouse is located in a National Park, where dogs are not allowed.
Wherever you decide to stay with your dog around Margaret River, we hope that you’ll try these beaches and come to love them as much as my dog and family have! Walking along a beach, watching, (or joining in with) your beloved animal having fun, is such a good way of spending quality time together and you will really start to appreciate the little joys in life that are often overlooked and forgotten.
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