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Middleton Beach (WA 399) is the main beach for the Albany, a city of 33 000 people. The city is located on the protected shores of King George Sound, with the main anchorage inside the almost landlocked tributary Princess Royal Harbour. The Sound is 5 km wide at the entrance, with Middleton Beach located 10 km inside the entrance in the northwest corner. The beach is 4 km long, faces the southeast and receives low refracted waves. Sandy Emu Point forms the northern boundary and granite Wooding Point, capped by 100 m high Mount Adelaide, the southern boundary. Waves are usually 1 m or less and maintain a low energy beach fronted by a continuous shallow bar, usually free of rips. The southern end is called Middleton Beach, which is an eastern suburb of Albany and site of the Albany Surf Life Saving Club. The Surf Club, which was established in 1956, is located in a grassy foreshore reserve, and has recently redeveloped their club house facility. The well laid out reserve also provides parking, a kiosk and other amenities. In the southern corner, called Ellen Cove, is a wooden walkway that runs out past the jetty to Wooding Point. The small jetty is popular with swimmers and fishers. Right behind the reserve is a resort hotel and shopping centre, with a caravan park just up the beach. The beach is backed by a 500 m wide foredune ridge plain which has been largely developed. The central section is occupied by Albany golf course, with the northern half called Emu Beach, which has a large caravan park and the northern suburb of Emu Point. The point forms the boundary between Oyster Harbour and the Sound, with a narrow inlet linking the two.
Beach Length: 0.004km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Toilets Block M/F
Natural shade
Toilets Block Disabled
Artificial shade
Change Rooms
Power supply
Mobile Phone Coverage
Caravan park
Public phone
Bike path


Bicycles Allowed
No Vehicles
No Cats or Dogs
Camping Prohibited
No Dogs Allowed
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
Dogs Allowed off Leash
Surfcraft Prohibited
No Golf
Vessels Prohibited
No Alcohol
No Horses
Water Skiing Prohibited
No Trailbikes



SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.