Western Australia is known for lots of sunny days, beautiful landscapes and awesome beaches. In summer, our typical weekend consists of a long stroll on the beach and morning sun exposure to soak some Vitamin D, or a picnic dinner by the beach while watching the sunset. It is truly one of the things we miss about Australia when we travel – the space and the ability to safely relax and enjoy your time off.
The WA coastline is vast with endless trails of white sand and clean beautiful beaches, you will never be short of swimming spots! Weather you are visiting Perth this summer and would like to take cool off at one of our beaches or a Perthian looking to venture to different beach other than your local, checkout our guide to the best of Perth beaches. Due to the number great beaches in WA, this list will only cover Perth’s beaches within 30 to 40 minutes from Perth City. Even that, we barely touched the surface and only picked ones we love!
Fremantle (Freo) beach is a must-visit destination when visiting Perth. Every single person visiting Perth we have so far hosted, will have Freo on their list, and we have no qualm about taking them here either! Freo is one of the beachside area in Perth where you could see equal amount of local and visitor’s participation. Perthians speaks about Freo with such endearment and it is easy to see why. The relaxed beachside atmosphere, the laid back people, the AFL team, the architecture, the historical significance, museums, endless rows of shops, the beautiful food, the markets – What’s not to love? There is just so much to do and see here. Adding to the awesomeness of Freo, this place is accessible by train from Perth CBD. Freo also serves as one of the gateway to Rottnest Island.
No longer is Freo a place for hipsters, there’s things to do, see and experience for just about everybody at Fremantle.
Tip: Do not leave without trying Fish & Chips at Freo. Our personal favourite is the Kailis Café, however Sweetlips Fish & Chips have won a few ‘Best’ awards! Just watch out for the seagulls!
Come here if : You are visiting and only have one beach option to go to
The Scarborough beach is perhaps the most popular beach among Perth North’s local. Here you see beautiful bodies, expensive cars, super healthy food joints. Scarborough is a great spot to see and to be seen, and one of Perth’s instagrammable hotspots. Scarborough beach is currently undergoing massive redevelopment, in it’s quest to become Australia’s best beach. The redevelopment includes the construction of geothermally heated swimming pools, surf clubs and various family attractions. While the redevelopment is scheduled to be ready early 2018, you can still enjoy Scarborough beach and its facilities. Bear in mind though, this place does get busy and parking can he a hassle.
Scarborough beach also has plenty of beach front pubs, cafés, retail shops and accommodation options. The Rendevous Hotel Scarborough is located right on the beach front offers the perfect spot for a weekend staycation.
Tip: Check the Rendevous Hotel Scarborough website for last minute deals on hotel stays.
Come here if : You like the sights of teeny bikinis and abs.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a recreational destination located 30 minutes from Perth CBD. The man-made ocean cover located near the Sorrento Quay Board Walk has no waves hence is suitable for safe swimming for all ages. Ideal for family day out or weekend away, the boat harbour has wide ranging attractions from amusement parks, the Western Australian Aquarium, Fishing and Whale Watching charter ferries, retail outlets and wide range of dining options. Hillary’s Boat Harbour is also a hub for visiting Rottnest Island.
Within walking distance from the harbour is the Sorrento Beach if you prefer a more traditional beach.
Tip: The Whale watching tour is truly an unforgettable experience.
Come here if : You have a young family
When you first arrive at the Rockingham Beach, don’t be surprised if you feel like you are in Mad Max movie set. That was how we felt! Rockingham Beach was the first place we went to when we first arrived in Perth. The beach was quiet, serene and the water was crystal blue. However, it was hard not to notice the elephant in the room, i.e the CBH Grain Terminal. What is it? It is a heritage listed, port terminal with 650 meters long jetty which receives, handles, stores and outloads bulk grain in Western Australia. The Grain terminal is located at the neighbouring, dog friendly Kwinana Beach. You can however see it from miles away.
Rockingham beach is part of 29 kilometres stretch of coastline. Here, take your time exploring, you will find some of the most beautiful and secluded swim and jet skiing spots such as Cape Peron. Encounter beautiful sea lions and penguins at the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.
Tip: Great beach for a picnic with huts and ample outdoor seating areas. Especially if you don’t like sitting on the grass.
Come here if : you like quiet seaside towns
Trigg beach is often hailed as the best surfing beach in Perth. It is quite secluded, and the beach is surrounded by reef. The coolest thing about Trigg Beach that sets it apart from other beaches is the Mettam’s Pool. Mettam’s Pool is a stunning natural formed lagoon situated inside a protecting reef. Mettam’s Pool is great for snorkelling with a range of marine plant and animal species living within the lagoon. So when coming here, bring your goggles or snorkelling gear.
Protected by surrounding reef with calm water, beautiful water to swim in, less than 2 meters deep and access for the disabled, it is no wonder why this little hidden gem is so popular among surrounding locals.
Tip: You can try your luck at fishing for abalone on the opening day of abalone season! Make sure you protect your feet from the rocks.
Come here if : You are a keen surfer
Cottesloe Beach has impeccably clean white sand. It is perfect for making sandcastles. Cottesloe is a personal favourite of ours as it offers some of the best, most dramatic sunset view overlooking the Indian Ocean. We have spent many evenings here with our picnics watching the sunset.. so relaxing. Cottesloe can be busy, especially if you hang around the surf club and the grassed terraces. Cottesloe Beach is a great spot for people watching. There aren’t as many shops here as other popular beaches, however makes up for it through places such as The Cottesloe Hotel and the John Street Café.
Cottesloe beachside tends to host awesome annual events. Be sure to check out outdoor film festival, sculpture by the sea, music for pleasure and Carols by Candlelight.
Tip: Avoid the crowd! Walk away from the Surf Club and set camp on the grassed area by the wall near the carpark.
Come here if : you want a romantic spot to watch sunset and hang out with the locals
- Getting a sunburn is not fun, slap some sunscreen on you prior to sun exposure – SPF+30 or higher.
- On a 40 ˚c day, the beach sand gets hot! Avoid getting blisters on the bottom of your feet by covering your feet where possible
- Watch out for creatures in and around the beach such as snakes , sea urchin and sharks. While it is uncommon to come across one, they are there!
- Watch out for your belongings. Yes, Australia is safe, but petty crimes do still occur.