Duke Head – Augusta

Duke Head - Augusta

Australia's South West


This sheltered western corner of Duke Head Beach, located to the west of the inlet entrance at Augusta, can at times have good waves for beginners when the waves are small. Slightly smoother surf conditions can be found here when the Fremantle Doctor (the persistent summer wind) is blowing from a more westerly direction, along with shelter from west swells. Conversely this spot can be dangerous during common big south to south west swells, and during strong south winds the surf conditions here get messy.

Wave Type
The south western end of the beach normally has a safe sandbar that is attached to the beach, along with the smallest waves that are fun for catching short whitewater waves. Catching green waves is easiest during small wave and high tide conditions, as the waves often close out. Watch out for rocks in the southern corner and avoid the strong rip currents and bigger waves that exist around the inlet entrance.

If the surf is flat here, Redgate Beach on the exposed west coast will often have a wave, but stick to the whitewater on a safe sandbar as the waves break with a lot of power. When the surf is too big at Duke Head, options with smaller waves may include Hamelin Bay or Bunker Bay way up north around Cape Naturaliste, located inside the very sheltered Geographe Bay - this area also offers protection from summer south west winds and is a great spot for a swim.

Good Wind Direction
Augusta is best on North to West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Big West swells, moderate South West to small South to South East swells.

Hazards
Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine Life.

Have fun surfing Augusta by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
The car park is located beside the inlet at the south end of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
The beaches around Augusta are not patrolled. The closest patrolled beach is at Margaret River where lifesavers are on duty each Sunday during summer - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Amenities
Located next to the car park on the south side of the inlet.

Closest Shops
The Colourpatch Café is located right behind the beach next to the car park, otherwise head into Augusta town centre for more shops and services.

Photos of Dukes Head