Our favourite Perth beaches and where to find them

Our favourite Perth beaches and where to find them


Life really is a beach when you live in Perth. From endless stretches of crispy, white sandy beaches to quaint coves and bays, Perth packs a punch when it comes to beach life. Here’s a list of our pick of the best Perth beaches.

Waterman’s Beach


The coastline from Trigg to Sorrento boasts some of the best beaches in Perth.  No easy feat I know, but there are myriad little sandy coves and bays tucked beneath the limestone cliffs waiting to be explored. The coves provide shelter from the seabreeze and are the next best thing to a visit to Rottnest Island.

The crystal clear waters, reefs and islands of the Marmion Marine Park also makes this one of the best Perth snorkelling spots. There are endless possibilities for a swim in the sheltered lagoons along this strip, but our favourite is Waterman’s beach. Honourable mention goes to Mettams Pool down the road.


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Summer in Perth looks a lot like this – right Adi?

Trigg Beach



No big city feeling here.

On the south side of these rocks you have Trigg Beach, one of Perth’s best-surfing beach. North of the limestone rocks, you have this slice of paradise that will make you feel like you’re miles away from the city. If you’re with a furry friend, there’s an equally spectacular Perth dog beach at the next bay.

South Beach

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For one of the best beaches near Fremantle, look no further than South Beach. South Beach is the perfect spot for a dip in the sea and soaking up a slice of Fremantle at the same time. We love swimming to the pontoon and drying off on the green shady grass at the adjacent park.

Woodman Point

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The wooden jetty at Woodman Point gives this nook in Perth’s south an extra appeal. Loved by kids, fishermen and the resident Pelicans, this is a lovely spot to linger for the whole day.

Mullaloo Beach

Mullaloo Beach Hotel

Perth beaches don’t come more picture-perfect than Mullaloo beach. On a calm, windless day this stretch of Perth coastline is perfect for a morning swim and the calm clear waters make it one of the most family-friendly beaches in Perth.

Cottesloe Beach

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No list of Perth beaches would be complete without a mention of Perth’s most iconic beach – Cottesloe beach.

Swimming out to the pylon and eating fish and chips under the Norfolk Pines will always be one of Perth’s quintessential things to do.

City Beach

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We love City Beach at twilight and reckon it’s one of the best spots for a late afternoon dip in the sea, followed by a sunset picnic on the grass. It’s also a testament to why Perth beaches are legendary for their sunsets.

Scarborough Beach


Perth’s Scarborough beach is one of the city’s most popular beaches but not only for the long, white sandy beach and turquoise waters. There’s plenty of other things to do apart from swimming. Spend the rest of the day on the esplanade where’s there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from, hit the skate park or swim laps at the sensational Scarborough swimming pool. Not to be missed are the Scarborough sunset markets on Thursday evenings.

Before you go:

Don’t forget to be sun smart when you’re out at the beach. Take a hat and most importantly put on sun cream before you go out in the sun. It takes up to twenty minutes for sun cream to be effective but only 10 minutes to get sun damage.

Equally important, be beach smart – check out this great blog post on how to be safe at the beach.

Is your favourite beach on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Reni says:

    How can anyone not love the Perth beaches. We just thought about our favorite… but we can’t decide. They all have something very special. But Scarborough Beach is definitely one we loved a lot and hope to revisit 🙂

    Lovely greets from Korea,

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