Top 5 beaches in Perth

Who says you have to leave the city to find beach paradise? There are some amazing urban beaches in the world like Waikiki in Honolulu, Ipanema in Rio di Janiero and Sydney’s Bondi. Perth’s got a handful of its own urban beaches that are even better: they’re clean, uncrowded and regularly patrolled by shark-spotting helicopters (as if that’s supposed to comfort anyone!). Oh yeah, and they’re so gorgeous they forever ruin the idea of a beach holiday spent elsewhere.

The beach-going season has well and truly begun, so here’s our pick of Perth’s best:

1. Leighton Beach

Twelve kilometres south west of Perth and just north of Fremantle is gorgeous Leighton Beach. It boasts of superfine white sand, turquoise water and is an excellent spot to watch kite surfers or take the dog for a walk. When you get thirsty, there’s Salt on the Beach or the more casual Beach Bar.

2. Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach is the best known of Perth’s beaches for good reason. It attracts hoards of boogie boarders, runners, swimmers and families. You’ll find volleyball games on the southern end and lifeguards-in-training sprinting to the north. Heaps of restaurants, ice cream parlours, cafes and pubs line the street above. Our pick? The newly refurbished Cottesloe Beach Hotel.

3. City Beach

City Beach, located just 8 kilometres west of Perth, keeps winning awards for being the city’s best. Why? The swimming is safe (almost always), there’s the always great Clancy’s Fish Pub, ample parking and loads of bbq facilities. Surf life saving carnivals happen regularly. Thinking about taking up a new sport? Join the ultimate frisbee group that plays Sunday mornings from 9-11.

4. Scarborough Beach

Another of Perth’s best beaches is Scarborough, beloved for its surf breaks, chilled-out atmosphere and proximity to shops, restaurant, dozens of ice cream joints and awesome cafes like Milk and Paper or Boho Espresso. The Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre plays host to a full calendar of concerts and events and the annual beach volleyball tournament Slam in January

5. Swanbourne Beach

Swanbourne Beach is where to go if you’re looking for an even tan or to compete in the Swanbourne Olympics. Clothing is optional and pride prohibited. Compared to the other beaches, Swanbourne is much less crowded (the jogging nudists are the ones to thank) and boasts one of the best beach cafes in town, The Naked Fig. The views don’t get any better.

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8 Comments on “Top 5 beaches in Perth”

  1. March 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Great list! As for myself, I absolutely love Floreat Beach (seen in all it’s glory here) for its fine sand and tendency towards warm water. :D

    • March 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      Nice picture! I’ve never been to Floreat Beach before (even though I live nearby!) so I’ll definitely have to check it out :)

  2. Stuart
    March 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Nice list! My favs are City Beach and Floreat. But I don’t really get to the more south beaches.

  3. March 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Great blog. I’m learning a lot about Perth from here, since I’ve only been here for 3 months. Cottesloe is my favorite, probably because it’s the nearest beach from our house.

    Thanks for visiting and linking my blog, by the way, I’d do the same with yours.

    Cheers!

  4. thewrybride
    December 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Hey, very nice list! My personal favourite beach is City Beach as it doesn’t seem to attract the crowds like Cott does…

  5. April 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    We must add Mullaloo Beach to this list.

  6. April 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on Valentino's Real Estate Blog.

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