I couldn’t believe that I could be a metre away from a wild stingray. As I splashed in the shallows of Hamelin Bay, it seemed to come towards me on each wave breaking on the shore. I was wet to the waist, but it was a beautiful sunny spring day and I was intent on filming the medieval creature as he swam close by almost taunting the crowd who were wading in the shallows with him. The magnificent fish, (stingrays are related to sharks) swimming along the shore would ride the waves into the edge, although looking for something to eat, we accepted that he was calling in to say “hello”
Hamelin Bay in Western Australia is known for the Stingrays which come into the boat ramp, to feed off the fish bones and offal that the fishermen throw away as they clean the fish.
Travelling from Margaret River to Augusta, visiting Hamelin Bay was on our must do list. The Bay is situated in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park and the bush is majestic Karri Eucalypts and Peppermint Willow. The Bay has an old boat jetty, which makes for great spots for the kids to fish around and swim in the shallow protected water. For those wanting accommodation, the Hamelin Bay Caravan Park is on the beachfront with sites for caravans and campers, cottages with ocean front views to cabins with ensuites.
It was not an adventure on our bucket list, but swimming with a stingray was certainly a fantastic addition.