The best beaches in Perth - where the sea turns to gold.
Perth's beaches stretch along the glorious Sunset Coast coastline of metropolitan Perth from Cottesloe to Two Rocks. 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.
Getting around to Perth’s beaches is easy, with an excellent road system that puts great swimming spots 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 and extensive walking and cycle trails hug the beaches allowing you to take in both the dazzling views and fresh ocean air.
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 here.
Things to do at Perth’s best beaches
- Take a dip or catch a wave at one of the 19 sensational beaches.
- Relax at a picturesque beachside café or restaurant along the coast.
- Soak in the awesome beauty as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
- Dive or snorkel in the sparkling waters amongst a variety of fish and marine life.
- Visit Hillarys Boat Harbour and The Marina, Mindarie for shopping, cafés and restaurants.
- Discover WA's unique marine life at AQWA.
- Visit Yanchep National Park for koalas, caves & indigenous culture.
- Stay a night or two at an oceanside hotel or resort.
Swimming and activities at Perth 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 Perth beaches are the ultimate destination for sun worshippers.
Everyone will find a beach here to fall in love with - they're well maintained and open to the public all year round, free of charge. Many have public barbecues and picnic areas, children's playgrounds and fantastic opportunities for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Keep reading to discover more about some of Perth’s best beaches.
Perth’s best swimming beaches
Cottesloe Beach 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 and a huge choice of cool cafes and restaurants.
Scarborough Beach is well served by public transport. Once you're done surfing, sunbathing and swimming, spend a relaxing hour or two at one of the many cafés or bars overlooking the ocean.
City Beach is a regular winner of the prestigious 'Best Beach' award in Western Australia. Whether you want to go swimming, jogging or sunbathing this charming and clean spot is heavenly. Trigg Beach is a must for surfers, offering the most consistent surf break, particularly over summer. Some of the better-known surf breaks include Watermans Bay, Mettams and Trigg Point.
If you want to get beneath the waves, there are plenty of fantastic spots for snorkelling and scuba diving. Explore the crystal lagoons, reefs and shipwreck of Marmion Marine Park, Trigg Island, Burns Beach and Mettam’s Pool, a calm and safe spot for families. Adventure seekers will find great windsurfing and kitesurfing opportunities at Mullaloo Beach and Pinaroo Point, and fishing enthusiasts should head to Hillarys Boat Harbour and Yanchep Lagoon.
Other great beaches include, North Beach, Watermans Bay Beach, Swanbourne Beach, Burns Beach, Floreat Beach and Sorrento Beach.
Beachside dining and entertainment in Perth
Along the strip of Perth beaches there's a lot to do nearby for food and drink with alfresco cafes and restaurants offering great atmosphere to accompany the brilliant vistas. Marinas also offer an abundance of family attractions and great seaside shopping.
Scarborough Beach has recently undergone a massive face-lift with a $30 million revitalisation of the area to create a vibrant hub of activity. During summer, enjoy live entertainment at the only amphitheatre on the beach in WA.
Hillarys Boat Harbour is abuzz with happy crowds from the heat of summer through to winter's coolest days. The harbour is filled with resort style shopping, an excellent selection of cafés and restaurants, AQWA - The Aquarium of WA and a protected beach perfect for kids. You can charter a yacht or boat; join a whale watching cruise, go deep sea fishing, catch the ferry to Rottnest Island or cruise down the coast.
The Marina, Mindarie, at the centre of the Mindarie Keys development, covers around 13.5 hectares. Its Mediterranean-style boardwalks lead you to high-quality cafés and restaurants, and a sophisticated microbrewery and pub serving sea-fresh fish and chips.
Natural treasures of Perth’s best beaches
Further inland, the Perth beaches 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.
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 and uplifting nature; you'll be able to find it close by. If you're up for a bit of adventure, take a cave tour to experience the spectacular beauty of the park's limestone caves.
At the region's most northern point, the coastline off Two Rocks is scattered with historic shipwrecks and tales of coming to grief on treacherous reefs. These days, the many remaining shipwrecks have become interesting historic artefacts and gripping dive locations. At Wreck Point, for instance, you don't even have to get wet to see a wreck; the remains of 1917's Alex T Brown are still visible offshore, above the high-water mark.
Plan your trip to Perth’s beaches
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Perth beaches suggested itinerary
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Need more information?
The Western Australian Visitor Centre, located in the heart of the city, is the ideal place to start your Western Australian holiday and to find out what to see in Perth. Or to learn more about the best places to visit, head to the City of Perth Information Kiosk in Forrest Place for maps, information and free guided tours of Perth City.