Seal Rocks has it all. A breathtaking coastline, awe-inspiring marine life, some pretty solid surf breaks and a water colour so bright and blue it will take your breath away. It’s a true paradise just waiting to be indulged in.
The first time I laid eyes on this place I was in shock. Glancing around at the small mountains off in the distance, I felt as though I had somehow landed in another country, completely forgetting my flight! As I drove down the hill with my partner James, the ocean just popped and it’s like a switch went off inside. It was enlightening. The sun was shining, the ocean was beaming, and there was a relaxed vibe that just radiated from the surroundings. It’s no secret why we come back here weekend after weekend.
How we spend our time at Seal Rocks
Never missing a sunrise
James and I never, ever miss a sunrise at Seal Rocks. To do so would be like missing Christmas for us. The way the sun comes up over the ocean here is a sight not to be missed. The rays of the sun burst over the horizon, glistening and lighting up everything they touch. The colours blend from burnt oranges, to warm yellows and soft pinks. Until the sky is a crisp, bright blue, lighting up the ocean for a day full of adventure on the water. The land just calls to you, begging you to explore every corner it has to offer. It’s so peaceful. And while Seal Rocks is busy in the warmer months, it’s always quiet at sunrise. Just the way we like it.
Always taking a beach stroll
Once the sun has come up, and we have captured the beauty in our aerial photos, we continue with our day by taking a walk along the beach. It’s something we always do. It doesn’t matter which beach out of the two you choose, they are both as stunning as each other. We usually choose a beach called Number One. Recently, we have discovered that if you continue all the way to the end, and walk up onto the rocks and around the headland, you’ll find a little hidden beach covered in large pebble stones. Once we even witnessed water droplets falling off the cliff edge, like a mini waterfall.
Seal Rocks is one of my favourite places to watch the whales cruise up and down the coastline. They are everywhere! If you know what to look for they can’t be missed. James and I have a little secret spot we’ve found that offers magnificent views of the ocean. We can sit here for hours just watching and photographing the whales, no matter how cold it gets in the winter time. We become fixated. You can really spot them anywhere around here! You just need to look out to the horizon and wait for the splashes and sprays of water to appear.
Every single time we visit Seal Rocks there are pods of dolphins to be spotted! They are playful too. Jumping and splashing about in the shallows. There aren’t really ever any waves at Seal Rocks as it’s a bay, meaning it’s very easy to spot these tranquil animals swimming along.
Catching waves at the surrounding beaches
There are so many amazing beaches that surround Seal Rocks. If you take the time to really explore the area you’ll find and discover the ones you like. (Or you could try asking a local nicely!) When there is swell some of the best breaks on the coastline can be found here. We love shooting here when it is like that. The breaks are incredible, whether you are watching from the shore or above. Early in the morning you may even be lucky enough to spot a lone dingo wandering back to its den after a busy night on the beach!
Having a float in the ocean
Without a doubt, we always take our inflatable floats out for a dip! The bay is normally so calm, making it the perfect place to float in the shallows (without worrying about a wave coming to dump you all the way into the shore!) We love just sitting back, relaxing, and letting the sunshine keep us warm.
Relaxing at Sugarloaf Lighthouse
Sugarloaf Lighthouse has an awesome nautical feeling about it. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful lighthouses I have ever seen. Perched perfectly on top of the cliffside, it’s also a fantastic spot to cast your eyes out over the ocean. This spot is also another great place for whale watching.
Our favourite place
Everyone who knows us is aware how much we love this place! We are here any chance we can get. While it’s a little busier than the first time I visited here around 3 years ago, we’ll still continue to come back as much as we can. It’s just paradise.
If you haven’t visited Seal Rocks before, what do you think would draw you here most? Leave me a comment below!