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Horrocks, Western Australia

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*Home to Horrocks Beach rated #2 on Brad Farmer’s list of Australia’s 101 Best Beaches for 2018 * The laidback beachside town of Horrocks is a favourite Indian Ocean holiday spot and wildflower country getaway. Swim, snorkel, surf, dive, watch whales or view a plethora of flora and ancient Indigenous rock art, while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the coast and river. Horrocks is just over one hour's drive north of Geraldton and around six hours north of Perth. Be sure to include the scenic Indian Ocean Drive on your journey north from Perth - starting at Yanchep, it passes breathtaking beaches, bays, wildflower hotspots and one of Australia's most unique landscapes, the Pinnacles Desert. With its sandy beaches, sheltered waters, rock pools and reefs, the inviting fishing town of Horrocks is the quintessential family beach holiday destination. In spring, the landscape is a colourful patchwork of wildflowers. From June to November, you can watch the annual migration of humpback whales from the Whale Watching Lookout. And all year round, the stunning coast, turquoise ocean and Bowes River are yours to enjoy. At low tide, explore the reef which protects Three Mile Beach, making it a popular swimming and boating spot. Try your hand at fishing for tailor, mulloway, snapper, cod, whiting and herring from the beach or jetty. Catch the surf at pretty Bowes River Mouth. Pack a picnic and take the four wheel drive track to Little Bay, or head to Bowes River where you can spot an array of bird life, including pelicans, black swans, ducks, herons, egrets, eagles, terns and ospreys. At Willy Gully Caves, you can also view an ancient gallery of Indigenous rock art created by the local Nanda people, describing their traditions, ideas and values. Enjoy the natural beauty and relaxed pace of life in Horrocks by booking an extended stay - you'll find a range of accommodation options that includes self-contained accommodation, as well as caravan and camping facilities.

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