The Hamelin Bay jetty was built in 1882 to service a nearby timber mill. However, Hamelin Bay is open to the north-west and the dangers of these winds caused the loss of five vessels in 1900, including three in one storm on July 22 1900. Hamelin Bay was abandoned as a timber port a few years later. The jetty became derelict and was later burnt.
If you venture near the fragile limestone cliffs, it is extremely important to take heed of rock risk signs and keep out of areas that have been fenced off. Nine people tragically lost their lives when a limestone cliff collapsed at Gracetown in September 1996.
Hamelin Bay Caravan Park is a privately operated and fully serviced caravan and camping area, shaded by spreading peppermints, is less than 50 m from the beach.
Dive, snorkel or swim
Many wrecks are concentrated at Hamelin Bay in the Ngari Capes Marine Park, with 11 wrecks lying around its shores. The WA Maritime Museum’s Hamelin Bay Wreck Trail features four visible wrecks: the Agincourt (1882), Chaudiere (1883), Katinka (1900) and Toba (1930s/1940s). The four wrecks are visible from the coast at times and accessible by snorkel and scuba in good weather.
Walk part of the Cape to Cape track to Cosy Corner and enjoy excellent views. This is a 6.5 km, half-day walk if someone meets you at Cosy Corner or a 13 km, full-day return walk. It involves some scrambling and negotiating short steep sections.
Other facilities include a boat ramp and public toilets.