It’s perhaps the trickiest part of living in Your Margaret River Region; deciding where to go for a quick weekend away with the kids.
Locals can often overlook the hidden gems located a short drive up the road in favour of a trip down south or a weekend in the city.
Similarly, those visiting the region can be drawn to the more popular spots such as Busselton, Margaret River or Yallingup.
But nestled between all three is one of the regions best kept secrets; Smiths Beach.
Coming in off Caves Road, there’s little hint of what lies ahead as you make your way up Canal Rocks Road, but a quick right onto Smiths Beach Road delivers a stunning view of one the coast’s most majestic beaches.
The beauty of Smiths Beach is its, well, beauty, but its direction also makes it one of the few beaches protected from the prevailing afternoon sea breezes meaning it’s tailor made for long walks, fishing, flying a kite and surfing.
The southern end in particular is the perfect spot to set up camp for the day, catch up on some reading while the kids swim in the cove and amble over the stunning rock formations.
So how to plan your weekend away at Smiths Beach? Here are some handy hints.
Where to stay: Smiths Beach Resort
Is there a better way to end a day at the beach than walking back to a beautifully furnished apartment, rinsing off with an outdoor shower and settling down on the verandah and watching the sun go down? Each room at Smiths Beach Resort offers the ability to do just that and much more. The fully appointed kitchens look out over the ocean, in house swimming pools and stunning gardens. The three bedroom villas in particular will appeal to families with plenty of room and magnificent views from every window.
Where to eat: Lamonts
Though each room at Smiths Beach Resort offers the ability to cook up a storm, just downstairs is Lamonts and it is most certainly worth a visit. Like the resort itself, the menu caters for all ages with seasonal, fresh and most important of all, yummy food. Kids are especially well looked after, with a variety of plates to please even the fussiest of eaters. Next door to the restaurant is a neat little café, bottle shop and general store which all lend themselves to giving the resort the feel of a cosy little coastal town.
What to do
One of the best, and easiest, things to do at Smiths Beach is to simply plonk yourself down, either on the beach, in the resort or restaurant and look out to sea. The colours of the ocean and imposing ridge surrounding Smiths change as the day progress and it’s easy to get lost in simply looking at a seahawk flying overhead or a pod of dolphins splashing out to sea. But if you’re up for a bit of sightseeing, look no further than South West Eco Discoveries.
Run by brothers, Ryan and Michael White who grew up in nearby Dunsborough, their tours will pick you and the family up from the resort and take you exploring through the surrounding Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Using their local knowledge, the brothers point out all the hidden highlights the stunning coastline has to offer, be it wildflowers in season, migrating whales or the abundant rock formations. The tour also offers photographers the perfect chance to capture images that will look perfect on the wall back home.
Get up and riding
And of course, what trip down south would be complete without at least having a crack at riding a few waves? With that in mind, Crystal at Yallingup Surf School has all ages and skill levels covered. Using her local knowledge, Crystal will have you and the kids up and riding the waves either at Smiths Beach or whichever nearby spot is most suited for the conditions.
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