Bad Ass Beaches

A year ago today, we touched down in Perth, Western Australia for the beginning of our last international adventure (for a while.) As we were planning the trip, I imagined the site seeing and wine tasting we would do in the Margaret River Region, but did not make a connection between the wine region and its proximity to beaches. We were able to do and see so much each day.

Mark captures a lone surfer near the Mouth of Margaret River.

On this day, we went to see the intersection of the Margaret River and the Indian Ocean. The mouth of the Margaret River opens up to one of the most spectacular views and surfing spots. I grew up on the California coast and loved playing in the water, but never got into surfing. I was really impressed with how surfer friendly Western Australia is and to find so many tributes to surfing safety and tradition.

We even visited a winery in Yallingup that had a surfing museum. Aravina Estate includes a gallery collection of historic, colorful surf boards, memorabilia and the history of surfing.

The gallery lounge and some colorful board designs.
A collection of old surf boards becomes a fence.
One last shot of the beach from the bluff.

The best part of every day, was being able to walk along a beach and to listen to the surf. We are a long way from Western Australia and even California these days. But after 8 months of no travelling, we’ve decided to take a quick trip next weekend to Galveston – another bad ass beach. Where is your favorite beach?

12 thoughts on “Bad Ass Beaches

  1. Where I live on Maui, my favorite beach is Punalau Point. It’s at the bottom of a steep rutted road that is hard to spot as you drive Honoapiilani Highway (highway means two-lane country road) around the northern tip of the island. All the beaches on Maui have been empty for months now since visitors have not been here until just this week when a new protocol involving pre-testing for COVID-19 was put in place. But even when the island is packed with visitors, Punalau Point is usually empty or with just a few families.


    • Betty, I had to “google” that one. It is lovely! Of all the times I’ve been to Hawaii, my memory is that the most beautiful beaches are the hardest to get to. My experience is mainly in Kauai, on the North end.


  2. I miss traveling too and I really want to go to the beach! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. My favorite beach……it will be the one I find within a day’s drive that is dog friendly and is known for great shelling!


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