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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 south to Cape Leeuwin and 25km east to the Shire of Nannup.
A Lifeguard Service is provided at River Mouth beach, December through to March and during the Easter long weekend.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife manages most of the beaches as part of the Leeuwin Naturaliste and Scott River National Parks. Council is responsible for foreshore areas with The Department of Fisheries and The Department for Planning and Infrastructure, being responsible from the high water mark outwards.
Please keep to the designated walkways and refrain from driving, parking or standing vehicles on any beach or foreshore unless authorised. Dogs are not permitted on these beaches but the Shire does provide for Dog Exercise Areas in various locations.
The rivers in the region are a popular place for canoeing. The Margaret River is lined by paperbark trees there is stunning scenery and plenty of birdlife while the Blackwood River is a large river with a few rapids.
The best form of preventing shark attack is to take precautionary steps, such as:
Please report all shark sightings directly to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response.
Keep informed of the latest reported sighting and tagged shark detection information by downloading the SharkSmart WA mobile app (available in the App Store or Google Play) and setting up your favourite beach locations to receive notifications for alerts in those areas. The Shark Activity Map provides beach users with near ‘real time’ information on reported sightings and tagged shark detections, current alerts and warnings issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. You can also follow the Surf Life Saving WA twitter feed @SLSWA for alert information. Remember the map shows available information – not all sharks are tagged, or sightings reported, so be Sharksmart when using the water.
People are asked to refrain from phoning rangers direct for updates as these phone lines need to be available to coordinate shark sighting response activities.
For more information about shark sighting response plans and procedures as well as shark safety tips visit the Sharksmart website.
New arrangements are now in place, to help improve WA's shark hazard management. The WA Government has taken the opportunity to join with Surf Life Saving WA to expand the services of its new Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
For more information visit Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285
41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512
66 Allnut Terrace
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
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