TOP 8 BEACHES IN PERTH
White, silky, sandy beaches are a characteristic in Australia, yet those bordering Perth still manage to distinguish out. Here are the Western Australian capital’s favorite.
By Fleur Bainger
Perth is almost unjustly endowed with magnificent beaches. Transparent blue sea with incredible clarity meets sweet sand that appears to go on forever. The city offers great beach-going weather and a populace that enthusiastically obliges, so grab your towel and join the locals at these fantastic beaches.
It’s safe to argue that Cottesloe Beach is Perth’s postcard beach. With its fluffy light blonde beach and gorgeous turquoise seas, it attracts without even trying. A 20-minute drive from the city core, Cottesloe is at its finest in the morning before the winds kick in about 10:30am. Marine Parade, which runs parallel to the seaside, contains various cafés and bars that vie for attention. You’ll adore The Cottesloe Beach Hotel for its sunny ambiance and white design made lively with brilliant colour splashes.
For a genuinely tropical vibe, come to Leighton Beach. Bring your shades, since the straight length of fine sand is blindingly white, rendering the shallow water a faint shade of turquoise. Perfect for tiny swimmers, the beach is monitored and waves tend to remain mild. Locals prefer to set up for the day here, bringing sun shades, umbrellas, sunscreen and towels. Others will shake the sand from their feet and stop for lunch at adjacent Bib & Tucker for a great meal facing the shore.
The most popular of Perth’s northern beaches is Mettams Pool. It provides intriguing snorkelling, with shallow access to lush sea grasses and elaborately patterned fish, starfish and octopuses. Go on a quiet day to make sure you avoid wild waves and riptides, and be careful to always swim between the flags. After a swim, lay down on the finely powdered sand and feel a part of the cheerful local scene. There’s wheelchair access, with a concrete ramp that goes to the beach. For the area’s greatest coffee, head to Yelo.
Bathers Beach is the first length of urban sand in Australia to be awarded a liquor licence, so anticipate a convivial scene in front of Bathers Beach House. The eatery, with a café-style terrace and sun umbrellas, sets deckchairs on the beach and beverages are permitted, too. Despite being in the center of Fremantle, the small, 300m (984ft) long beach provides an isolated vibe. Given that Bathers Beach is between the Fishing Boat Harbour and an 1830s prison called the Round House, you could spend all day visiting this historic location.
City Beach is the nearest beach to Perth’s city centre (approximately 15 minutes by vehicle) and is framed by restaurants Odyssea, which has a sophisticated yet informal air, Hamptons, which draws a nicer audience, and Rise, a pizza. All offer great coastline views. Clancy’s Fish Pub, which has long enjoyed its location at the northern end of the beach, provides more conventional, pub-style meals and is perfect for families. The beach itself is a gorgeous length, however waves may be high at times, and the wind typically blows fiercely towards the end of the day.
Driving time from Perth: 20 minutes
Best for: People viewing
Description: One of the most recognizable beach places in all of Western Australia, Scarborough Beach is a popular ocean retreat, bordered by a high-rise skyline.
The coastline is studded with stores, cafés, restaurants, hotels and surf shops – making this a premium location for individuals who enjoy safe, protected swimming conditions.
In the water, Scarborough is endowed with crystal clear, blue sea, white beach and sunlight as far as the eye can see.
Driving time from Perth: 30 minutes
Best for: Windy days
Description: It may not be as attractive as other of Perth’s more prominent white sand beaches, but Port Beach surely has a few things going for it.
For one, its protected position makes it one of the few city beaches where you may escape from those dreadful south-westerly winds. Plus, it’s also perfect for riding a wave or two if the surf goes up – which is very regularly.
Spend your day swimming beside vistas of Rottnest Island, while having the chance to explore the neighboring center of Fremantle. There’s also a popular café near to the enclosed playground.
Driving time from Perth: 35 minutes
Best for: Jetty jumps
Description: Venture a bit farther south and you’ll be rewarded with the white sandy sands of Cockburn’s Coogee Beach.
Set against the gothic background of the abandoned power plant, this oft-forgotten 3.7km treasure is a great stop on any beach-hopping journey.
There’s a jetty for fishing and jumping, as well as a vast grassed space for picnics.
Topic: beaches in Perth
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