Mindalong

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Mindalong Beach, Bunbury

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Mindalong beach is a legal free beach located on the western end of Ocean Drive in WA's second city, Bunbury. With a population of over 30,000 people and growing rapidly, Bunbury has good beaches and accommodation, a cappuccino strip with restaurants & cafes and has a developing wine industry close by in the Fergusson Valley. Less than 2 hours drive south of Perth, it is also a great jumping-off point for the South West beaches and wineries.

The section of Mindalong beach designated as clothing-optional is located behind Maidens Reserve, some 4km south of the town centre, along the beach front. Backed by high sand dunes the free beach is 200m long with plenty of space even at high tide. The beach shelves moderately but is reasonably flat below the low-tide mark. The beach and water are clean and swimming is great.

Facilities

The gravel car park is clearly labelled as Midalong Beach and is close to Ocean Drive.  The closest toilet, showers and fresh water are located ~400m north of the car park along Ocean Drive.  There are no rubbish bins so please take your refuse home with you.  

Current Status

Bunbury Council has erected signs to designate the legal clothing-optional area of the beach, which is unfortunately only 200m long.

Complaints were received by Council in 1998? regarding inappropriate activities at the public conveniences located approximately 1km north of the beach.  Some parties attempted to use this as a reason to close the free beach altogether, however representations by Bunbury and Perth nudists to the Council managed to avoid this.  Beach users are therefore asked to avoid actions that could give opponents any reason to seek closure of the free beach.  Stay on the formed paths and don't disrobe until you are between the signs on the beach.

When To Visit

The weather is usually suitable between November and April but occasional days outside this period can be delightful. Temperatures vary from 20 to 40oC during the day in these months and rain is unusual from January to April.

The sea breeze usually comes in around midday so the morning is usually the best time on the beach. You may need a windbreak if you intend staying during the afternoon.  Why not enjoy a bottle of bubbly and a swim whilst watching the sun set over Geograph Bay?  Beautiful!

Contacts

There are no contacts for this area.

How To Get There

From the centre of Bunbury take any of Clifton, Symmonds or Wellington streets on to Ocean Drive.  From Symmonds drive 4.2km south along Ocean Drive and look for the Mindalong sign on the right.  Park, walk along the gravel path over the dunes straight on to the beach, then turn left (south) and walk 50m to the clothing-optional section.  Easy! 

If you are driving into Bunbury from the west i.e. from Busselton, turn left off the Bussell Highway (dual carriageway) into Washington Avenue before you get into town.  Look for the caravan park on the left before the turn which is marked as the Australind Tourist Drive.  Follow Washington Ave for 2km to a roundabout, turn right into Ocean Drive for ~2.5km (you drive past Maidens Reserve on the left) and look for the Mindalong sign on your left when you reach the sea.  Be sure to stop and admire the statues of the "Maidens" on either side of Hudson Road on the right.  These two large top-free ladies aroused quite a bit of debate when they were first unveiled, but Bunbury Council stuck to its artistic guns and here they are, in all their natural glory.  Well done Bunbury! 

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