Geographe Bay is in the south-west of Western Australia around 220 km southwest of Perth.
The bay was named in May 1801 by French explorer Nicolas Baudin; Baudin named the bay after his ship, Géographe. The bay is a wide curve of coastline extending from Cape Naturaliste past the towns of Dunsborough and Busselton, ending near the city of Bunbury. The bay is protected from the rough seas of the Indian Ocean by Cape Naturaliste (named after Naturaliste), which makes it a popular destination for recreational boaters. The bay is extremely shallow, limiting the entrance of large ships. To alleviate this problem the two-kilometre-long Busselton Jetty, the longest in the southern hemisphere, was built.
The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Swan was sunk in the bay off the town of Dunsborough on 14 December 1997, for use as a dive wreck.
The bay attracts whale watchers, who see it as an alternative to Flinders Bay.
The north west part of the bay is the location of a number surf breaks.
The environment of the drainage systems into the bay, and the bay itself have attracted research and studies
Australian places named by French explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries
- Cape Bedout
- Cape Borda
- Cape Bouguer
- Cape Carnot
- Cape du Couedic
- Casuarina Islets (Ilots du Cassuarina)
- D'Estrees Bay (Baie D'Estrees)
- Dorothee Island (Ile Dorothee)
- Fleurieu Peninsula
- Cape Forbin
- Cape Gantheaume
- Guichen Bay (Baie de Guichen)
- Jussieu Peninsula
- Lacepede Bay
- Maupertuis Bay (Baie Maupertuis)
- Fenelon Island
- Masillon Island
- Ravine des Casoars
- Rivoli Bay (Baie de Rivoli)
- Cape Thevenard
- Veteran Isles (Ile du Veteran)
- Vivonne Bay (Baie Vivonne)
- Cape Clairault
- Cape Freycinet
- Cape Mentelle
- Cape Naturaliste
- Faure Island
- Gantheaume Point
- Geographe Bay
- Lancelin Island
- Middle Island (Iles du Milieu)
- Peron Peninsula
- Recherche Archipelago (L’Archipel de la Recherche)
Only places with the name still in use in either the original or anglicised
version are listed above. Many names have been anglicised; for these the original French name appears in brackets.
Coordinates: 33°35′S 115°15′E / 33.583°S 115.25°E