The Augusta Margaret River Shire is famous for its picturesque beaches and pristine rivers. Find out how the Shire manages these important natural assets, including safety advice and the regulations governing recreational use.
Enjoying our beaches and rivers
The Augusta Margaret River Shire is home to some of Western Australia’s most scenic beaches and many popular surf breaks. Our coastline stretches approximately 85km, from north of Cowaramup Bay to Cape Leeuwin in the south and 25km east to the Shire of Nannup.
The region’s numerous rivers attract kayakers and canoers. Lined by paperbark trees, the stunning Margaret River is home to a plethora of birdlife. The Blackwood River is famous among thrill seekers for its gorgeous scenery and fast-flowing rapids.
Visit the Margaret River Region tourism site for detailed information about enjoying our beaches and rivers, including the top things to do and upcoming events.
Please keep to the designated walkways and refrain from driving, parking or standing vehicles on any beach or foreshore unless authorised. There are currently no designated areas for off-road vehicles in the Shire.
Dogs are only permitted in designated dog exercise areas.
A lifeguard service is provided at River Mouth beach from December through to March and during the Easter long weekend.
Visit the shark sightings and response page to learn about minimising the risk of a shark attack.
Management of beaches and rivers
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions manages most of the beaches as part of the Leeuwin Naturaliste and Scott River National Parks.
The Shire is responsible for foreshore areas. If you notice any issues regarding shire infrastructure—for example, damage to shelters, stairways, or paths—please report it.