BunGeo is home to miles of untouched beaches and boasts the longest beach in the South West. A massive 53.5 kms in length, it spans from Myalup to Cape Bouvard (in the Peel region). Our favourites include the sparkling white sand of The Huts near Stratham, Maidens Beach (it’s worth the trek) on the southern tip of Bunbury, and Belvidere Beach in the Leschenault Conservation Park – bring your fishing rod for this one. Alternatively, our coastal hamlet towns of Peppermint Grove Beach, Myalup, and Binningup nail summer beach time too! Over summer, most beaches ‘down south’ become busier than a shopping mall. Stop struggling for beach towel space and uncover the beautiful and often untouched beaches of the #BunGeo. Myalup Beach, Harvey Region Unassuming Myalup Beach is just half an hour from Bunbury in the opposite direction. It’s the perfect place to cast a line. If fishing is not your thing, you might enjoy spotting dolphins frolicking in the waves. Avid photographers will love snapping the gorgeous sand dunes without hordes of people being in the way. Binningup Beach, Harvey Region Binningup Beach is home to wide-open beach lovers and fishing enthusiasts all year round. It’s also one of the best spots in BunGeo to catch some waves – from the boat ramp, look north-west and, if breaking, the reef-break wave will be approximately 150 metres from coast. For those that like to stay dry, there are north and south 4WD beach drive areas for you to get away from it all. Koombana Bay, Bunbury Koombana Bay is a beautiful, sheltered, north-facing beach near Bunbury’s CBD. It is also home to more than 90 wild Bottlenose dolphins and Australia’s premier Dolphin Discovery Centre which offers a dolphin interpretative centre, interaction zone, dolphin cruises and swim tours. Kids will also love the Koombana Foreshore Playground with slides, flying fox, water-play areas and more. Back Beach, Bunbury Back Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Bunbury region. Located along Ocean Drive at Geographe Bay, this white sandy beach is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing, body boarding and has some reasonable waves for beginner surfers. Swim safe – look for the patrolled section near the City of Bunbury Surf Live Saving Club. Cycle along the bicycle path that hugs the coastline or take a gentle stroll to revel in the beauty of the surrounds. Once you have worked up an appetite, make the most of the well-kept picnic facilities or cook your catch on the barbecues. If the fishing was unsuccessful, you can always try one of the popular restaurants nearby. The beach offers a magnificent backdrop for a spectacular sunset viewing, particularly near the rocks of Wyalup Point. Four kilometres south from the city centre of Bunbury, Mindalong Beach is a legal free beach open to all. Photo by Lexie Ray www.instagram.com/ajray/ Dalyellup Beach, Capel Region Dalyellup is a stunning, small family-friendly beach, which is patrolled by the Dalyellup Surf Life Saving Club on Sundays during the summer months. From Dalyellup there are endless stretches of beautiful untouched beach. Stirling Beach, Capel Region Stirling Beach commences at the small mouth of the Capel River and trends to the north-northwest for 11 km to the mouth of Five Mile Brook Drain. The beach is moderately crenulate for most of its length owing to outcrops of beachrock on and off the shore, and beachrock reefs. There is public access to the beach at Dalyellup Road off the Minninup Road. Horse riders and trainers love the beach with its long stretches and remoteness, Riding is allowed early in the morning. Peppermint Grove Beach, Capel Region The beautiful startling white sand of Peppermint Grove Beach (aka Peppy Beach to locals) makes for gorgeous holiday snaps. Forrest-Peppermint Grove Beach officially commences at Wonnerup Inlet and trends to the northeast as Forrest Beach, terminating at the channelised Capel River mouth as Peppermint Grove Beach. The northern Peppermint Grove section having no ridges and a more typical reflective beach, usually dominated by high tide beach cusps and a deeper inshore. There are a number of beach access points, car parks and boat launching sites along the beach. Waves are usually calm to low along the beach with a steep reflective beach face. During higher wave conditions a heavy shorebreak develops at the base of the beach and some times there are good waves over the river mouth bars. Both river mouths are usually narrow and shallow, and may close during the summer months.