Australia is associated with some of the most gorgeous beaches worldwide and Perth is home to many of them. Boasting 12,000 kilometres of a perfect coastline, there is sure to be a stretch of water for everyone to enjoy in Perth.
Below is a list of some of the best beaches Perth has to offer and suggestions of what visitors can do while they are there.
Just 40 kms south of Perth, Rockingham is a sea side town offering award winning beaches ideal for sailing, snorkelling, fishing and surfing. Perfectly placed jetties give great access to the best fishing and crabbing spots.
Over 100,000 visitors a year take the 5 minute ferry ride to Penguin Island, a beautiful Class A nature reserve that lies in the heart of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.
It’s home to WA’s largest population of little penguins and you can get up close to them at the daily penguin feeding sessions at the Discovery Centre (10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm).
A glass bottom boat tour is available to see rare Australian Sea Lions and there’s even a cruise to swim with the local wild dolphins.
Undoubtedly one of Perth’s most popular beaches, Cottesloe is a renowned swimming, snorkelling and surfing spot for locals and tourists alike. With regular swell pumping for surfers and bodyboarders, there are also nearby rocks and reefs ideal for snorkelling.
There is no better place to celebrate Australian culture than the boulevard neighbouring the crystal coastline. The pubs and cafes are always filled with life and laughter, particularly on a Sunday afternoon. Grab a beer and sit back and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean with friends and family.
Cottesloe Beach is about a 15 minute drive from Perth. Regular Transperth buses run to Cottesloe and it is about a 600 metre walk from the Cottesloe Train Station.
A perfect spot for young travellers, Scarborough Beach is a hotspot for beachside entertainment and nightlife. With plenty of surrounding accommodation, it is the ideal location for holiday goers.
Generating a cool sea breeze, the beach is great for kite surfing on the white sand or windsurfing in the vivid blue waves. Once night time hits, the foreshore becomes a throng of activity with restaurants and cafes.
Scarborough Beach also has an impressive outside amphitheatre where visitors can enjoy all kinds of events including beach cricket.
About a 20 minute drive north west of Perth, regular buses run from Scarborough Beach to the city.
A 15 minute drive from Perth, City Beach is home to the richest and finest residences of the area. Bordered by flourishing reserves and sophisticated homes, this beach is a picture of opulence and style.
Flawlessly landscaped and family friendly with recreational areas, playgrounds and picnic tables, City Beach creates a clean and sociable atmosphere suitable for all ages.
A proven top location for fishing, surfing and safe swimming, visitors may also be lucky enough to catch a surf lifesaving carnival if they arrive in the summer months.
One of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches, Trigg Island generates the biggest and best surf breaks in Perth.
If surfing and boogie boarding aren’t on the agenda, the beaches of Trigg are also great for spotting some natural wildlife including local birds and bottlenose dolphins.
Another popular venue for surf lifesaving carnivals, Trigg is a superb place to bring the family.
Trigg Island beach is about a 20 minute drive north west of Perth along the Sunset Coast.
Close to Trigg Island and the Aquarium of Western Australia, Sorrento Beach is the ultimate place for safe family fun.
With calm turquoise water and fine sandy beaches, families can set up their umbrellas and buckets before going for a paddle in the surf.
Close to the surf lifesaving club, kiosk and change rooms, Sorrento Beach is conveniently located to all the practicalities.