Just a six hour drive from Perth will land in the beach oasis of Horrocks. This is one of those rare places you will visit and instantly fall in love with. Nestled among white sandy beaches Horrocks stretches along 7m of coast from the Bowes River Mouth to the spectacular Little Bay. Surf at Bowes River Mouth, try your luck at catching dinner off the jetty, and go 4wd camping at Little Bay. This little coastal beach town is often overlooked on many travel itineraries but if you are looking for a town that offers a bit of everything with a laid back coastal feel that gives you instant holiday vibes then Horrocks is your town.
Head on down to the main beach jetty and cast a line in the water. This town is known for having amazing fishing and if you are lucky you could pull in a multitude of oceanic delights for dinner. Some fish that could be expected to appear on the menu include tailor, mulloway, snapper, whiting, and herring.
The General Store in town has some of the essentials for your stay in Horrocks including petrol, essential food items, coffee and the best fish and chips around. While enjoying an evening in town be sure to grab some take away and stroll on down to the beach for one of Western Australia’s famous sunsets.
If you are in Horrocks between the months of June to November be sure to head up to the Whale watching lookout and see if you can spot some of the migrating humpback whales. The humpback whales migrate along the WA coast each year as they move from the Antarctic feeding grounds to tropical coastal waters where they will breed and have babies before heading back down south.
For the history buff in the group a visit to Willigully Caves is a must do. Here you can find rock art created by the Nhanda people as a way to illustrate their traditions, ideas, and values.
The Bowes River Mouth is another Horrocks hot spot, located just south of town on a 4wd track that would be manageable for capable 2wd vehicles as well. This picturesque beach is not only a surfers paradise but also a great spot for picnics, fishing, wildflowers and bird watching. This spot is actually famous for its birdlife and from here you might be lucky enough to catch sight of pelicans, black swans, ducks, herons, egrets, eagles, terns and even osprey.
If you are after some off the grid beachside bush camping then head down the 4wd track north of town to find Little Bay. Here you will find a cluster of off the grid beach side camping sites. This spot is generally overlooked but according to those who have been before it should earn a spot as one of Australia’s top beaches. Here you will find a handful of campsites nestled in the shelter of some trees with full views of the beach and the famous Little Bay. Spend your days crayfishing in the bay just meters from your camp. Hike up the large sand dunes behind the camp and take in the sunset before starting up your nightly campfire. The amenities here are some simple drop toilets and rangers come by each morning to collect your camp fees which are very minimal.
This quaint little town is equipped with the bare necessities of a general store and a caravan park so come with the necessities for your stay. This ideal beach getaway has everything you could hope for from calm sheltered waters for swimming, rock pools for exploring, and waves for surfing. Whether it’s fishing, diving, kiteboarding, surfing or plain old beach side relaxation, Horrocks will have you covered.