A small fishing village, Leeman is the major town on what is known
as the Coolimba Coast. It is named after the original fishing
settlement in the area to the north of Leeman.
The coastline caters for an array of water activities including
fishing, swimming, surfing and windsurfing. The township also supports
a fishing fleet, which traverse the bountiful oceans in search of the
lucrative western rock lobster during the season from November to June.
Seal and Sea Lions
The area is renowned for its significant seal and sea lion
populations - it's not unusual to spot one of these captivating
creatures lazing in the sun on the beach. Beagle Island, north of
Leeman, a breeding colony and home to the largest population of the
Australian Sea Lion in Western Australia, estimated between 150-250
animals depending on the breeding cycle.
Stockyard Gully Reserve
Stockyard Gully Reserve (20 km inland): Cockleshell Gully Road leads
you to the Stockyard Gully. Accessible by four wheel drive only, be
sure to take your torches and explore the fascinating, ancient
below-ground river system of the Stockyard Gully Caves.
Coolimba is a coastal fishing town, located on the coast west of
Eneabba. The townsite was gazetted in 1969, and the name is Aboriginal,
said to mean "place by the water". This place is also sometimes
referred to as Desperate Bay. Although a gazetted townsite (Shire of
Carnamah) settlement in the Coolimba area occurred through the
uncontrolled establishment of squatter communities. Farmers escaping to
the coast after the summer harvest in the early 1900s built the first
squatter shacks here. Professional fishermen started building their own
shacks around the 1950s with the growth of the Western Rock Lobster
industry. Following the advent of the 'strategy' all recreatiional
shacks have now been removed, leaving the place looking a bit forlorn.
Those shacks remaining all belong to professional fishers.
Coolimba Beach has a small jetty with the fishing boats moored just
off the beach. The beach is sheltered by the wide shallow reefs and
seagrass meadows with usually low wind waves or calm conditions at the
shore. The fish depot and parking area is located behind the jetty.