Perth's Sunset Coast, where the sea turns to gold...
The Sunset Coast encompasses the glorious coastline of metropolitan Perth from Cottesloe Beach, up to Two Rocks and the hinterland of Joondalup and Wanneroo.
The evening sun dipping spectacularly into the Indian Ocean gives this region its evocative name, and it's a sight you can enjoy daily, from any number of picturesque locations.
While the beaches and facilities are inviting, and the weather is exceptional, it's rarely crowded. This area enjoys a wealth of open space that contributes to a wonderful sense of relaxation and freedom.
Getting around the region is easy, with an excellent road system that puts great beaches a short drive from the city centre, and the northern limits no more than an hour away. Most places are also accessible by bus or train.
Endless beautiful beaches
During the warm, dry, summer months from December to February, daily temperatures average 31°C, with warm evenings and a little rainfall. Combine those conditions with 50 kilometres of metropolitan coastline, and the Sunset Coast is the ultimate destination for sun worshippers.
Everyone will find a beach here to fall in love with. Hire a car, ride a bike, catch a bus or join a tour to explore them. They're well maintained and they're open to the public all year round, free of charge. Many have public barbecues and children's playgrounds.
Cottesloe - 'Cott' to the locals - is one of Perth's premier summer locations. Its pristine white beach is great for swimming and it also has beautiful, elevated grassed areas overlooking the beach, lots of shade from the summer sun and a huge choice of cool cafes and restaurants.
City Beach is a regular winner of the prestigious 'Best Beach' award in Western Australia - an accolade for which the competition is very hot, indeed. Whether you want to go swimming, jogging or just sunbathing, this charming, clean and quiet spot is heavenly.
There's also Swanbourne and Scarborough and the peaceful, relaxing Floreat Beach, where the pure white sand is great for swimming, fishing or a run along the water's edge. In fact, the Sunset Coast's world-class beaches extend all the way to Lancelin, 125km north of the city!
Fun along the coast
Along the Sunset Coast there's a lot to do near all our brilliant beaches. At Scarborough and Cottesloe, the WA outdoor culture is vibrantly on show, with alfresco cafes and restaurants offering great atmosphere to accompany the great vistas.
There are extensive walking and cycling trails hugging the beaches, allowing you to take in both the dazzling views and the fresh ocean air. For some more amazing views of the coastline and Perth city, head up to Reabold Hill, located in City Beach, which is the highest natural point along the Sunset Coast and a great place to take photos.
Along the coast, you can dive into every imaginable water sport from yachting to windsurfing, from deep-sea fishing to jet-boating to kite surfing, from snorkelling to scuba diving.
The northern edge of the Sunset Coast, the little fishing village of Lancelin, is famous for its world-class watersports and sandboarding.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
Hillarys Boat Harbour is abuzz with happy crowds from the heat of summer, right through to winter’s coolest days. The quay is filled with resort style shopping, an excellent selection of cafés and restaurants, a family fun park, as well as a protected beach that is perfect for the kids.
Be sure to visit AQWA - The Aquarium of Western Australia. People of all ages will find themselves captivated by the array of marine life showcasing the whole WA coastline. AQWA also boasts the largest aquarium and underwater tunnel in Australia!
If you love the water and want to get out on the high seas, then why not charter a yacht or boat from Hillarys, join a whale watching cruise (in season) or go deep sea fishing. You can even catch a fast ferry over to Rottnest Island.
National treasures to discover
Further inland, the Sunset Coast region presents many fascinating opportunities to experience natural Australian environments close to the city.
In Joondalup, you'll find walk trails through native bushland where kangaroos and wild birds watch you go by. There's also one of Australia's finest golf courses here, also regularly visited by the local wildlife. Check out some of Perth's great golf courses.
The beautiful bush setting of Yanchep National Park features a koala sanctuary, amazing limestone caves and educational experiences of Aboriginal culture.
The beauty of this diverse region is that whatever kind of Western Australian experience you desire, from relaxing on the beach to thrilling action to uplifing nature, you'll be able to find it close by.
When it comes to deciding on where to stay all needs are catered for. Whether it's a resort or hotel, self contained apartment, bed and breakfast, caravan park or backpackers hostel, you will find it all.
Getting out of the city doesn't mean having to travel far. Why not consider taking a relaxing break on the coast with a wide range of accommodation options. Find out more
Along Perth's Sunset Coast you'll find so many amazing things to do - marine encounters, gorgeous beaches, national parks, and great places to eat. Find out more
If you don't have a car there are a range of companies that offer tours all along the coast visiting all the best beaches, fishing spots, AQWA, Hillarys Boat Harbour and more. Find out more