What's so great about the Great Southern?
MadFish Wines love the Great Southern. As a wine region it produces outstanding fruit for our wines, it is where we have two vineyards and it is the area that the MadFish winemaking story began. But that’s enough about the wines, because there are other great things about this corner of Western Australia – the beaches! Heck we even named our wines after a beach there – MadFish Bay.
For those of you considering a road trip down to South Coast of WA, here’s our top 5 beaches to see!
- MadFish Bay, Denmark
This is a given! Our wines were named after this magical spot located 15kms from the quiet coastal town of Denmark. According to local folk, the bay’s tranquillity is broken by the most incredible sight of two tides meeting. Confused by this natural phenomenon, schools of small fish can be seen leaping in the air, as if in a state of madness!
- Green Pools & Elephant Rocks, Denmark
An insta-worthy beach with white sand, turquoise water and, as its name suggests what looks like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallows.
In the words of travel writer Georgia Rickard whose photo features below, ‘I am happy to report it’s just as beautiful in real life. Add a six-pack of something locally brewed and a killer sundown, and you’re set for the whole evening.’
Image: Georgia Rickard
- Little Beach, Albany
Crystal-clear waters and picture perfect this little bay is situated 35kms from Albany in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. One of Western Australia’s best kept secret and could easily be mistaken for the beaches of Mauritius or Bora Bora. This place is a hidden gem worth exploring.
- Middleton Beach, Albany
Fun fact: This beach is named after Captain Middleton in 1934. He is an ancestor of Kate Middleton, now married to H.R.H Prince William*. As the main swimming beach in Albany it is the perfect spot to spend the day with the family, with nearby BBQ facilities available.
*bought to you by albanyregion.com.au
- Peaceful Bay, Denmark
Located 45km west of Denmark this bay lives up to its name – peaceful! For those seeking relaxation, the beach is perfect for swimming and enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature. For those that prefer to be active will also find plenty to do. The Bibbulmun walking track that runs from Perth to Albany winds past this bay so there are plenty of coastal walking trails to explore. It is also a popular spot for snorkelling or kite-surfing the waves.
Bonus Tip: It’s not a beach it’s a hill to climb up but there are great views to be had at the top of the Granite Walk in the Porongurups. You’ll get 360 degree views of the most stunning countryside and some of the beaches mentioned above.