A well kept local secret, Binningup is blessed with a 40 kilometre stretch of white sandy beach, much of which is sheltered by reefs, creating ideal conditions for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and beach fishing. This peaceful seaside spot lies just to the north of Bunbury and can be reached by car from Perth in just one and a half hours, making it a perfect day trip or weekend escape. Its 180 degree vista of Geographe Bay also made it a key lookout point during World War II, when volunteer soldiers scanned the horizon for approaching enemy forces. Today, you can enjoy those ocean panoramas with a stroll along the beach, a family picnic or a spot of beach fishing. Throw in a line and you're likely to find out what makes Binningup a big favourite with the locals, with tailor, yellowfin whiting, herring, flathead and salmon (in season) among the catch of the day. Beside the beach, Binningup Golf Club challenges you to play its nine-hole course against a breathtaking backdrop of Indian Ocean to the west and natural bushland to the east. While this is a semi-private golf course, there is some availability for non-members to play. Just a short drive south, the sheltered aquatic paradise of the Leschenault Inlet invites you to try your hand at crabbing (in season), or test your sailing and windsurfing skills. Nature lovers will also find their nirvana in nearby Leschenault Peninsula Nature Reserve - a great place to spot kangaroos and other native wildlife at dusk. To make Binningup your base, check out the range of accommodation options at the local caravan park.