Hamelin Bay is found in the Margaret River Region of Western Australia and is well known for its friendly locals – the stingrays. These rays come into the bay every day to say hello, and attract visitors from all over the world.
Not only is it one of the best places in Australia to get up close and personal with stingrays, but it is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches and areas to explore.
If you are passing through the Margaret River region, I would allow at least one night in Hamelin bay to experience all the region has to offer.
This is everything you need to know about visiting Hamelin Bay.
Hamelin Bay Stingrays
You will see stingrays at Hamelin Bay every day in summer, and some days during winter. The stingrays hang out at the boat ramp and usually come in the early morning. They do make regular visits during the day, but the mornings are the best time to see the stingrays at Hamelin Bay.
The stingrays aren’t shy. They will swim right up to you and you can even touch them if you wish. Some stingrays are over 1 metre wide, others are smaller. They usually come in groups.
Although the stingrays are extremely friendly, you must keep in mind that they are wild creatures and can attack if they feel threatened.
Hiking at Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay is nestled right on the Cape to Cape track, which runs for 135kms between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. From Hamelin Bay, you can hike a section of the cape to cape trail.
Hamelin Bay to Cosy Corner
Hikers can go from Hamelin Bay to Cosy Corner which is 6.5 km one way. This trail will take you along the beach for a few kilometres before turning inland through coastal heath and woodland.
Coastal Explorers Loop
This short loop track takes you around the top of the headland for views of the bay (pictured above).
Diving at Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay is home to some of the best dive conditions in the world. You can expect to spot colourful marine life, eagle rays and stingrays, Port Jackson sharks and large fin fish such as western blue gropers and harlequin fish. Some popular dive spots at Hamelin Bay include Mushroom Rock (300 metres offshore), Hamelin Island and North – East bombie. These dive spots are accessible by boat and best suited for those with experience.
Other things to do at Hamelin Bay
These are some more things to do at Hamelin bay and in the surrounding region.
Relax on Hamelin Bay beach
Hamelin Bay beach is pristine. Grab your swimmers, towel, hat, beach umbrella and sunscreen and head to the beach for a day of swimming, relaxing, reading and tanning.
The nearby town of Augusta is one not to miss. The drive to Augusta in itself is an attraction, and once you arrive, be sure to check out Flinders Bay, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the River.
There are several caves in the Margaret River Region. Nearby to Hamelin Bay is Jewel Cave, which is known for being one of the most extreme caves in the region, comprising three massive chambers. A trip to at least one cave in the region is a must. The cave in the picture is Lake Cave.
Road trip along Caves Road
The scenic tourist drive along Caves Road has many attractions, including the Boranup Forest, several caves, hiking trails and beaches. Simply drive along Caves Road and stop anywhere that excites you.
Visit Margaret River
Hamelin Bay is technically in the Margaret River region, but Margaret River Town is a nice day trip from Hamelin Bay. In the heart of Margaret River you will find wineries, breweries, caves, shops and surfing beaches. For the ultimate guide on things to do in Margaret River, click here.
Hamelin Bay Camping
The Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is in the perfect location. You can choose between a powered or unpowered site, and will find an undercover kitchen, electric BBQ’s, toilets and showers and washing facilities within the park. The cost varies depending on the time of year you visit and site you choose.
We camped on an unpowered site at Hamelin Bay Holiday park and loved it. You can camp central to the kitchen and bathroom facilities, or you can choose a site at the back of the park for complete privacy.
When preparing for a camping trip at Hamelin Bay, you will
- A gazebo
- Bedding – an air mattress, pump, pillows and blankets
- Camp chairs
- An esky
- Cooking utensils
- Drinking water
I get all my camping gear from Oztrail.
As the shops are 20 minutes away, it is best to pack everything you need so you don’t have to leave this slice of heaven.
For more information about my camping set up, click here.
National Park Fees
No National Park fees apply when visiting Hamelin bay.
Other things to consider when visiting Hamelin Bay
- Remember that stingrays are wild animals, so be cautious when you see them.
- The nearest shops are in Augusta, around 20 minutes away, so stock up on supplies before you arrive at Hamelin Bay.
- Never leave food scraps or rubbish around the campsite.
- Be respectful of nature and other campers.
- If you are travelling down from Perth, stop in at Yallingup and Margaret River on the way.