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Gracetown is a small town in Western Australia. It is located south of the Perth central business district, and north-west of the township of Margaret River in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council area on the coast at Cowaramup Bay.HistoryThe area was initially used as a holiday area and later in 1957 it was proposed that the area should be developed as a camping and caravan park. Instead the government decided that the area would be developed as a townsite. The area was surveyed in 1961 and the bulk of the townsite was planned. Sale of lots within the townsite occurred in 1963, the same year the town was gazetted.It was named in honour of local Western Australian heroine Grace Bussell.The Cape to Cape Track runs across the beach to the west of the town and is one of the few towns located along the track.There is a general store located in the town that provides a variety of goods and limited services. There are many holiday homes within the town that are available to rent all year round.SurfingThe town is well known for its many surfing spots. North Point is a powerful break that provides good tube rides for surfers. South Point is popular because it works well when the breeze is onshore and Huzzas, in the middle of the bay, is a less powerful wave that is popular whenever it breaks. The main beach area, located in the bay, is an easily accessible swimming beach suitable for families with small children. Close to Gracetown are several other excellent surfing locations. The Cowaramup Bombora ("Cow Bombie") surf break, location of 2011 and 2015 Oakley Big Wave award-winning rides, is 2 km offshore west of Gracetown.Gracetown is in Western Australia. Use our Australia online trip builder to arrange your visit to Gracetown and any other destinations in Australia that take your fancy.
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