Perth’s Best Beaches and Aquatic Hotspots
Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Swan River, Perth guarantees aquatic adventures for all water-lovers. Whether you’re dying to dive straight into the deep blue sea or prefer watching the water from the comfort of a café, make the most of the city’s 80 kilometres of sun-soaked coastline at these must-do destinations.
Rock pools and a sheltered marine park make for excellent swimming and snorkeling at Trigg Beach, thanks to Perth’s coastal ribbon of limestone reefs that swings towards the shore here. It’s also a local favourite for sunset fish and chips, barbeques and long coastal strolls.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Penguins, sea lions at dolphins all play in the warm waters of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, off Rockingham. Dive, snorkel, cruise, or kayak and join them in their element.
Perth’s very own reef-fringed, car-free island makes for a revitalising city escape. Pack your beach towel, snorkeling kit and camera, and explore its 62 beaches and 20 bays.
Cottesloe Beach is one of the city’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkeling, surfing and drinking in ocean sunsets over a glass of wine, a refreshing beer or a relaxed dinner.
This wide stretch of white sand offers sheltered swimming, a little surf and a slew coastal cafés and restaurants – and is easily accessible from the city centre.
This icon of the Perth coast has summer nights sorted with an amphitheater, ocean-side swimming pool and new restaurant precinct all revitalised following a $100million redevelopment.
Bathers Beach Fremantle
Fremantle’s favourite local beach, this the place to spend a long summer’s night. Head to Bathers Beach House for beachfront dining or pick up a treasure at the Sunset Markets held on Saturday evenings throughout summer.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Swim, eat, drink or visit the aquarium of Western Australia at Hillary’s Boat Harbour. From here, you can also jump aboard a ferry to Rottnest Island, head for the skies on a costal heli-tour and watch humpback whales on their annual migration along the coast.
The riverside promenade at Elizabeth Quay’s is the perfect spot to watch the world go by. Get comfy at a waterside restaurant, join the celebrations at a pop-up festival or soak in the sight of Perth’s twinkling lights.