We’re sharing with you one of our favorite places in the whole world, Peaceful Bay WA. When you truly love a place it’s hard to know if it’s the right thing to do to share. I mean, we love Peaceful Bay the way it is; we don’t want to see it too busy!
Peaceful Bay is a totally chilled out and relaxed holiday spot about 30 kilometers east of Walpole, Western Australia when you are heading towards Denmark. As the name suggests, the swimming beach here is peaceful, and also very gorgeous! This little known beach is not far from the world-famous Greens Pool in William Bay National Park and has a similar look, without the crowds.
Peaceful Bay is on the eastern side of a headland. The swimming beach is located near the Peaceful Bay Caravan Park and has toilets and showers, as well as a carpark. Technically Peaceful Bay runs for miles and is split by the Irwin Inlet as it enters the ocean.
There is a sizeable permanent population in Peaceful Bay, as well as a wonderful collection of eclectic shacks that are owned by farming families from the southern areas, including Manjimup and Cranbrook. Peaceful Bay was once part of a coastal grazing lease used by farmers from these areas for summer grazing their cattle.
Things To Do Around Peaceful Bay WA
Swimming At The Beach
Our favorite thing to do at Peaceful Bay is swimming in the protected waters around the rocks, in the swimming area. There is also some nice snorkeling, though it is not a coral reef, so somewhat ‘brown.’
Our family has a stand-up paddleboard, and it’s the perfect area for beginners to give it a go.
For learning surfers, there are some small breaks on the beach that runs towards Irwin Inlet. However, be careful as there are some also some rips. Always take care and be aware when near the powerful southern ocean. Large waves are common. Your safety is your responsibility.
As mentioned above, as the Bibbulmun Track runs right through Peaceful Bay there are great walks heading in either direction. If you just fancy a leisurely walk, join the Bibbulmun Track at Peaceful Bay and enjoy the rugged south coast scenery on the way to Point Irwin.
We enjoyed the 12 km from Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay, via the Rame head campsite not that long ago!
Wildflowers Around Peaceful Bay
In spring, the dunes and coastal bushlands are carpeted in the colorful blooms of wildflowers.
The Ficifolia is a red flowering gum tree that is synonymous with the Walpole area. The Corymbia Ficilfolia only grows around Walpole naturally – though it is now one of the most commonly planted ornamental eucalypts.
The tree itself is not that attractive, being small with rough fibrous bark. However, boy the colors of the Ficifolia are amazing! From deep reds to pinks and apricots. Can you guess where the Ficifolia grows naturally around Peaceful Bay? On Ficifolia Road! They tend to flower in late January and February, so not at the same time as the bulk of the rest of the other wildflowers in Peaceful Bay.
Fishing At Peaceful Bay
Locals rave about the fishing at Peaceful Bay. If you are looking for tips, you should ask around when you are there.
Be reminded that fishing from rocks is extremely dangerous and there are often a couple of deaths each year from fishermen being washed away. The Southern Ocean often has large wave surges, so be extremely cautious when climbing, driving, or walking close to the waterline.
There are boat launching facilities at Peaceful Bay and a Sea Rescue manned by volunteers.
4-Wheel Driving At Peaceful Bay
If you prefer to explore on four wheels, there are many tracks leading through the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Look for the signs to Rame Head. You will need 4 wheel driving experience to do this activity
One of the main attractions of Peaceful Bay is that it is an old fashioned beachside village where time has stood still. The phone reception is not great, so it’s a great time to unplug and have a digital detox. Why not read a book, toast marshmallows, or play cards.
If you are keen for a more active relax, there is a great yoga teacher named Jenny who does twice-weekly classes in Nornalup and Walpole.
Attractions Near Peaceful Bay WA
Just along the coast from Peaceful Bay is the truly spectacular Conspicuous Cliff Beach. If you have a 2WD car, then it is accessed by going via Ficifolia Road. We love walking on the beach at Conspicuous Cliff, but there is also a fabulous lookout on top of the cliff.
Don’t forget to take your binoculars, between July and October. While the whales aren’t really close you can see them if you watch for spouting, breaching and tail slapping.
The nearby beaches at the Insta-famous Greens Pool are protected by large rocks out to sea and are declared safe for swimming. In addition to some beautiful beaches, nearby is the world-famous Valley of the Giants is about 20 minutes’ drive from Peaceful Bay. If you are keen to check out the Valley of the Giants, we suggest reading our post A Complete Guide To The Valley Of The Giants Tree Top Walk Walpole.
How To Get To Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay is located 50 km west of Denmark, just after the Bow Bridge Roadhouse. As the roads are quite winding in this area of the world, that’s about 40 minutes. Alternatively, it is 5 hours south of Perth, Western Australia.
Some people come to Peaceful Bay via the epic Bibbulmun Track. One of the world’s greatest long-distance hiking trails the Bibbulmun Track runs from Perth to Albany and takes about 6 weeks if doing it end to end. You can have a welcome rest in Peaceful Bay if you arrive on foot!
Peaceful Bay Accommodation
As expected of a place that has stopped in time, there are only two Peaceful Bay accommodation options, and they are not for people looking for modern facilities. However, if you are looking for laid back and friendly, then Peaceful Bay is what you are looking for.
Peaceful Bay Caravan Park
The Peaceful Bay Caravan Park is at the heart of the Peaceful Bay settlement and houses the General Store, Fish n Chip shop, as well as the reception for the Caravan Park.
In general, the caravan facilities are quite dated. Some of the ablution blocks are very old, and some definitely better than others. We haven’t stayed but our family has and they did have preferences. Also, the camping sites aren’t level and quite random. However, therein lies the charm – you feel like you have some privacy, even though the ground isn’t quite flat!
The Peaceful Bay Caravan Park is dog friendly and the beach is so close you can hear the surf at night. This is great for those that love a chilled old fashioned experience love Peaceful Bay. Check here for current rates to stay at the Peaceful Bay Caravan Park.
Peaceful Bay Chalets
The other accommodation option in Peaceful Bay is the chalets. They have a random collection of units that can best be described as rustic and homely. Read the reviews online before booking as this experience won’t suit everyone. Also, note that the Peaceful Bay chalets are quite some distance from the beach. Check here for current rates to stay at the Peaceful Bay Chalets.
Tree Elle Retreat
For those looking for a 4-star stay near Peaceful Bay, the gorgeous Tree Elle Retreat is located just 10 minutes’ drive from Peaceful in the nearby locality of Bow Bridge. With spacious two-story chalets, Tree Elle is most famous for its spectacular gardens and is extremely popular as a wedding venue. If you are traveling with kids, the gardens give plenty of playing space for the children.
While not technically a farm stay, Tree Elle does have a lovely collection of animals that our children have loved to play with. Check here for current rates to stay at Tree Elle.
Places To Eat At Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay Fish n Chips
Inside the General Store and Caravan Park reception is a fish and chip shop serving up pretty good fish n chips!
Bow Bridge Roadhouse
Just 10 minutes from the Peaceful Bay Settlement is the Bow Bridge Roadhouse, located next to the Bow River. Like Peaceful Bay, a stop at Bow Bridge is like a step back in time. Service tends to be relaxed. There is also a limited general store and fuel is available.
The Bow Bridge Burger (or the Bow Burger) is worth the wait! They are massive, fresh, and handmade – like burgers used to be in the old days. Also, keep in mind that there is no coffee available at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, so if you are coming from Denmark or Albany then the best stop to get your caffeine hit is Bow Bridge.
Top Tip To Be Prepared At Peaceful Bay
- Like everywhere in Australia, Peaceful Bay can be very hot in summer. The Australian sunburns are brutal. We take a tent for sun protection, especially for the baby. You can buy a similar one here.
- Don’t be fooled – the ocean at Peaceful Bay is cold year-round. Wetsuits are necessary for the cooler months, or all year round for skinny kids.
- If an Easterly is blowing then Peaceful Bay is NOT peaceful! Haha! It’s rough and the sand blows around. A much better option is Greens Pool or the river at Nornalup.
- If you are going to drive up to the mouth of the Irwin Inlet, let down your tires to drive up the beach. Keep an eye on the tides as the tide can come up fast and catch unsuspecting folk.
- This entire coast can be dangerous. Exercise caution when doing any ocean activity at Peaceful Bay.
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The Verdict – Peaceful Bay WA
If you are looking for a laid back southern coastal holiday like the good old days, Peaceful Bay Australia is for you. We love the stunning white sand and turquoise waters of the swimming beach and the children love to play in the sand.
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