The first Europeans known to visit the Green Head coast were Dutch sailors in the 1600’s, sailing to Indonesia for trade. Several Dutch ships were wrecked along this section of coastline, including the Vergulde Draek. Abraham Leeman and crew from Waeckende Boey, while searching in the ship’s small boat for survivors of the Vergulde Draek, were marooned on Fisherman’s Island just south of Green Head in 1658.
The town was named after the nearby headland, which was originally named in 1875 by Staff-Commander William Edwin Archdeacon R.N. who was in charge of the Admiralty survey of the coast of Western Australia. A camping reserve was allocated for the area in 1946 and the popularity of the area led to demand for blocks in the 1950’s. Lots were surveyed in 1959 and the townsite was gazetted on 7 January 1966.
Green Head is a water lover’s paradise with swimming, surfing, water skiing, wind and kite surfing all very popular.
For the amenity of visitors there are ablution blocks at Dynamite Bay, South Bay, Anchorage Bay (town jetty), Point Louise, Billy Goat Bay, Tee-tree Bay and Milligan Island. There is also a caravan black waste dump point at the Green Head Community Centre and free water for travellers at the Green Head General Store.
Green Head offers both beach and offshore fishing and there are areas to suit all fishing enthusiasts from complete novices through to more experienced fishers with a catch bucket list.
Offshore, we are famous for our crayfish, dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin gropers while on the beach there are many great catches including whiting, herring, tailor, squid and mulloway.
There is a recreational jetty and fish cleaning facilities at Anchorage Bay and a boat ramp at South Bay.
Consistently rated in the Top 20 beaches in Australia, Dynamite Bay is a stunning circular-shaped beach that is sheltered from strong coastal winds by it’s surrounding rocky peninsulas.
The still waters are perfect for snorkelling and the protected waters provide a safe haven for an abundance of marine life including corals and fish.
Perfect for a picnic and with walk trails, beach fishing and a beautiful outlook from the rocks back towards town, a whole day can be spent at the beautiful Dynamite Bay.
Walkers have spectacular views of the three main bays of Green Head – South, Dynamite and Anchorage – with amazing displays of flora and fauna to be found along the route.
The walkway was an initiative of the Green Head Townscape Committee since 1998. After many meetings and plans, grant funding was obtained and the Shire of Coorow laid a red gravel path that has encouraged the rehabilitation of the headland. In 2007 the Committee reformed as the Green Head Coast Care Group with the vision of upgrading the existing path. Since the first path was laid it has been upgraded to concrete and boardwalks, seating, interpretive signage and stunning lookouts have been added.
Located just off Indian Ocean Drive between the towns of Leeman and Green Head this unique nature-based camp offers recreational and ecological experiences, perfect for a relaxing break.
There are 36 campsites set in natural bushland and a short walk from the beach. There are shade shelters, picnic settings and eco-toilets. There is no fresh water or power available at this site. Camping is $15 per night, payable to the Shire Ranger or camp host, and a maximum stay of 2 nights applies. Pets are permitted but must be kept on a lead, no campfires are permitted at any time of year and there is no camping outside of designated areas.
Click here for a copy of the Milligan Island information brochure.
With its stunning natural assets and quiet coastal lifestyle, it’s no wonder that Green Head is the inspirational backdrop for many artistic endeavours. The town itself has many art pieces scattered around as you walk or drive through and there are two galleries that are open to the public (check their opening hours or make an appointment to visit). Deb O’Brien is a wonderful coastal landscape artist whose coastal seascapes at Green Head Gallery are poignant and reflective. Click here for her website and contact details. Adrian and Irene Toomey’s Blue Ocean Gallery is situated opposite Dynamite Bay with displays of artworks in various formats in their gallery space and outdoor sculpture park. There is also a mini golf course on site – the whole family will enjoy this visit!
Great food and great coffee is a hallmark of the Green Head community with delicious meals available at the Centre Break Beach Stay and Dynamite Bay Takeaways. Pick up an ice cream from the Green Head Caravan Park shop or head to the Green Head General Store for a range of fresh produce, takeaways and other grocery needs.
Accommodation is available at the Green Head Caravan Park or Centre Break Beach Stay. Click here for contact details.
Visitors are welcome to join the Green Head community at Christian Fellowship every Sunday at 9.30am, social gatherings at the Men’s Shed every Tuesday at 3.30pm and for social drinks at the Green Head Sporting Club from 4pm every Friday.