Jurien Bay: Fishermen’s Haven, Families’ Retreat
Only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Perth, Jurien Bay is an up-and-coming holiday destination in Western Australia, coveted by families and fishermen alike. Founded in the 1850s, the town remains an important crayfish and lobster fishing base today. Calm, protected waters make for safe swimming and sumptuous island and coastal views can be taken in from shore and lookout points within neighbouring National Parks, truly affording Jurien Bay the title of the “Jewel of the Coral Coast”. In recent years, holiday rentals have multiplied in town, but the region remains relatively quiet for those seeking a peaceful break from it all.
Water-Based Activities and Adventure Sports in Jurien Bay
As a coastal town, Jurien Bay boasts a thriving water sport and fishing industry. Anglers will be able to fish from a number of spots on and offshore. Favourites include the jetty, built in 1885, and the placid beach. You can also rent a boat for the day or bring yours and head out to sea. A number of docks and moors are available to the public. Try catching your dinner one night!
Aside from fishing, travellers can participate in a number of water-based activities thanks to Jurien Bay Charters. Popular options include scuba diving and snorkelling to discover the colourful reefs growing just off the coast. If you’re simply looking for some relaxation, you can spend the day at one of Jurien Bay’s beaches, which are wide and safe for children as they are protected by reefs. Swim, tan or soak up the seaside atmosphere.
Jurien Bay also has something for adrenaline junkies. While you’re here, try an award-winning skydive over the beach. Jump from 14,000 ft to take in the scenery from up high in a safe, professional environment. Contact Skydive Jurien Bay for additional information on prices and services.
Jurien Bay’s Parks and Reserves: On and Offshore
Jurien Bay is surrounded by natural reserves. Set off the coast and on the surrounding islands, Jurien Bay Marine Park is home to an important Australian sea lion breeding ground and is a prime nesting spot for a number of bird species. Tours to visit the sea lions in their natural habitat can be organised through Jurien Bay Charters. Back on land, Lesueur National Park harbours over 900 species of flora. This park is heavily invested in the conservation of its species and makes for a colourful afternoon surrounded by beauty. Ocean views can also be admired from Lesueur’s lookout points.
You can get a feel for Jurien Bay’s landscape of yesteryear at Drovers Cave National Park. Walk past a number of caves, all of which have been closed for public entry, but still make for a memorable trip. Hastings Cave in particular has often been a source of fossils. Finally, you can visit Stockyard Gully National Park, which boasts an underground creek. Follow the creek through a 300m tunnel. Please note that in both Drovers Cave and Stockyard Gully National Parks, the only allowed vehicles are 4Ds.
What to Do in Town?
To unwind after days of exploring the coast and hinterland, spend some time in town. Jurien Bay features several cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch. For example, Lesueur’s Gallery Cafe oozes atmosphere and is frequented by locals—always a good sign. On the last Saturday of every month, the Lions Club of Jurien Bay hosts a market, where you can find everything from jewellery to homemade deserts. And if you’re a history buff, you can visit the ruins of the town’s first jetty, 65m inland, which shows just how much the coast has begun to protrude over time.
Finally, Jurien Bay truly comes alive in November, when the yearly Blessing of the Fleet Festival occurs. This event traditionally blessed the town’s crayfish fleet but now features activities for the whole family, including fashion shows, theatre, games, fireworks and sporting competitions.
When to Visit Jurien Bay
Jurien Bay’s year-round warm climate ensures comfortable holidays no matter the season. As such, activities and businesses operate throughout the year and the beautiful weather makes for a pleasant exploration of the national parks. If you’re seeking more than just a quiet family or fishing break, be sure to travel to Jurien Bay in November to participate in the Blessing of the Fleet festival. This being said, a great catch and peaceful wilderness wanders are here anytime.