The picturesque seaside haven of Preston Beach is popular among nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. It’s an ideal base from which to explore Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can see thrombolites – one of the oldest organisms on Earth.
Take the one hour and 25 minute drive south of Perth to the laidback beachside community of Preston Beach. It’s only 45 minutes south of bustling Mandurah, but is a quiet sanctuary for native flora, fauna and holidaymakers alike.
In addition to being one of the only places on the planet where you can view thrombolites – ‘living rocks’ formed by microbial life forms over millions of years – the salt-water lakes and wetlands of Yalgorup National Park are teeming with wildlife. It’s the temporary home for hundreds of migrating birds, as well as a host of water birds, such as the endangered hooded plover.
Stroll along walk trails to observe the native flora and fauna, including blankets of vibrant wildflowers in spring. Take the Heathlands Walk for sweeping views over Lake Preston to Myalup, or the Lake Pollard Trail which leads to a bird hide on the water’s edge.
Alternatively, grab your clubs and take to the challenging nine hole golf course adjacent to Yalgorup National Park. Here, you can negotiate undulating terrain under the critical eyes of the resident kangaroos and emus.
On the beach, the crystal clear water beckons you to take a swim or throw in a line to catch skippy, herring, tailor, whiting, or salmon (in season). Four wheel drives are permitted on the beach, but there is a strict no camping policy, so head to nearby Martins Tank Campsite or book a stay at one of the area’s holiday homes or bed and breakfasts.
Preston Beach is a small Western Australian Rural Location within the local government area of Waroona, it is located approximately 105kms from the capital Perth covering an area of 74.705 square kilometres. Preston Beach has a recorded population of 227 residents and is within the Australian Western Standard Time zone Australia/Perth.
If you are planning a visit to Preston Beach we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Preston Beach and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.