Where to cool off in Perth
Perth is the sun drenched urban heart of Western Australia. With a population of two million, the city is a migrant magnet because of its beautiful weather, stunning landscapes, prosperous lifestyle and breathtaking beaches. Due to it being one of the most isolated cities in the world, Perth tends to attract people from smaller towns and rural areas, due to its slower country lifestyle.
Perched on the mouth of the Swan River, Perth is a coastal city with perfect white sands all within a short drive. If you’re into cycling or walking, most of the coast is covered by well-maintained bike lanes and pedestrian paths. Also, the best thing about the west coast is that the sun sets over the ocean, which makes for beautiful, multi-coloured skies at the end of every single day.
So, which are the best beaches in Perth that you should be checking out?
What are the best beaches in Perth?
Situated north of the CBD, Scarborough is definitely Perth’s best developed beach area. The complex surrounding the seafront includes a climbing wall, skate park, surf school, public bbqs, basketball courts, kids playground, green parks, public showers and even an amphitheatre looking out over the Indian Ocean.
You can easily spend a day here at the countless restaurants and bars. If you’re heading there for sunset, pop in to La Capannina for the best views and top rated Italian dishes. There’s always something going on at Scarborough. For example, during the summer months there’s a great artisan market every weekend.
If you get the chance, you can also have a dip in the Scarborough Beach Pool. This open air pool on a sunny day is really refreshing.
Cottesloe is not only one of the best beaches in Perth, it’s also probably the locals’ favourite. The beach is home to a number of beautiful old buildings with a curved sea defence which creates calm waters for swimming. Unlike many of the other beaches in Perth, Cottesloe has a handful of tall trees on its adjacent grassy verges. It’s by far the prettiest beach you could visit in Perth and ideal for families. If you’re looking for something special to eat, Il Lido is a phenomenal restaurant and wine bar overlooking the beach. Or, if you’re on a budget, and just want something to cool off, the gelato parlour next door also serves up some very tasty scoops.
Along the coast from Scarborough sits North Beach, one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. North Beach is more a selection of smaller coves, which can make it feel quite intimate. Mettams Pool is one of the most popular bather’s beaches, due to its natural cove creating fewer waves.
The more exposed stretches of sand get great waves and they’re very popular with surfers all year round. There’s also some great snorkelling to be found here with a variety of marine life. If you head a little further up the coast, you can also visit the shops and restaurants in Hillarys Boat Harbour and enjoy Sorrento beach.
This is one of the most spacious stretches of sand in Perth. The beach is set down from the land next to it, which means the parallel main road doesn’t ruin the vibe. Leighton dog beach is one of the most popular in the area and it’s a fantastic place to bring your furry friend on a day out. During the summer months, you’ll see people come to this dog friendly spot to enjoy a lazy day watching the ships travelling to Fremantle docks.
A smaller and more upmarket beach which boasts perfect white sands, turquoise waters and a pretty little park. Equipped with the usual beachside amenities found on most Aussie shores, such as showers and public bbqs, it’s easy to spend time here.
City Beach is a beautiful spot which is conveniently close to the city, but away from the bustle. The volleyball courts here in the summer are a great place to bring a group of friends for the day. Or if you’re looking to spend an afternoon at City Beach with some killer cocktails and innovative modern dishes, check out the highly acclaimed Odyssea. Be sure to make a reservation so you get a beachside balcony seat!
Rottnest is a wonderful little quirk to Perth’s coast. Home to some of the best blue waters and beaches in the west, this stunning little sand island is situated just off the shoreline. Many head here to get a ‘quokka selfie’. These adorable little marsupial teddy bears can only be found on Rottnest. With no natural predators they’re incredibly confident around people, so much so that they’ll even pose for a photo with you!
A ferry goes there twice a day and there are several accommodation options if you’d like to stay on the island.
Other beaches worth a visit:
South Beach – A beautiful family beach south of the CBD.
Port Beach – Fremantle’s dockside beach, ideal for watching the ships.
Trigg Beach – A small beach between Scarborough and North Beach, popular with kite surfers
Want to know more about Perth?
Take a look at our article on Australian Lifestyle and Culture: Getting Outdoors In Perth.