Perth's top beaches

I still remember the first time I arrived at one of Perth’s beaches and I was in awe of its beauty. From the expanse of clean white sand to the shimmering turquoise water I was sold. And even after a three month trip away to the stunning South East Asia, I still remember thinking upon my return, just how lucky we are to have such beauty at our doorstep.

Here a a quick list of some great beaches to visit in Perth:

Jurien Bay

While this beach is situated a couple of hours drive beyond the city limits, it is not to be missed. A great location for camping, kite boarding, fishing and if you are feeling really brave, I would say one of the most beautiful places in the world to skydive. I personally took the leap of faith here and while landing on the golden sand was a welcome relief, the view from high above the clouds was well worth it and what an adrenaline rush!

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Moore River

Moore River is another worthy day trip. With a beautiful inlet at the rivers mouth that is great for the kids and a well maintained camp ground right next door, this is a fantastic getaway for the whole family. There is a fantastic look out point and I’ve been told a little fishing takes place here as well.

Quinns Rocks

Almost on the city out skirts lies the suburb of Quinns Rocks, not only do residents here have the perks of the out of town living feel, but they also have a stunning beach almost all to themselves. With all of the same charm and glamour as the inner city beaches, Quinns has the benefit of being quiet. A great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the serenity.

White sand, blue sky, turquoise water, what more could you ask for?

White sand, blue sky, turquoise water, what more could you ask for?

Hillarys Boat Harbor

Not only is Hillarys boat harbor a great place to spend the day eating, exploring the aquarium (AQWA) and checking out the boats, it also offers a great man made beach with the parameters of the harbor to bring the family to. There is always something happening at this location and if you have a hankering for the waves, then they are always right next door.

Trigg/North Beach

This strip of beaches stretches between Scarborough and Hillarys and is well worth a visit. There is a sealed and well trafficked path that runs the length of this coastline and is often busy with walker, runners, and riders all taking advantage of the sea air and this beautiful city we call home. Each part of the coast line offers little inlets referred to as ‘pools’ and are often used for snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing as well as relaxing.

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Scarborough beach is a hot spot for surfers, families and those looking for a day out. It is easily accessible by bus and has recently received a huge upgrade including new bars and restaurants as well as a beach side Olympic sized pool. Scarborough is almost a must do attraction, so make sure it’s on your list for a stop.

More info about the pool here.


Starting to head South of the city (just), you will be met with the beautiful pines that surround Cottesloe, with its beautiful architecture, well positioned pubs and vast amount of eateries, Cottesloe is always jam packed on a hot Perth day. A short walk from the Fremantle train line Cottesloe can be enjoyed by all ages and really is a great attraction that Perth has too offer. Personally it is one of my favs.

Leighton/Port Beach

Close to Fremantle and a little quieter, you will come across Leighton and Port Beach, over the weekends in the warmer months Leighton is swarming with little nippers from the local surf club having a great time in the waves. There is also a great dog beach at the north end of this beach and the whole strip is the perfect length for a stroll along the beach to get your feet wet. And if you are looking for some refreshments in between take a seat at Bib and Tucker or Coast and take in the view of Rottnest.

Fremantle/South Fremantle

On the other side of the river and with a little funk and great vibe you will find Fremantle and South Fremantle beaches. Both of these are located within walking distance of transport and are surrounded by a range of cafes, restaurants and bars with something to suit even the pickiest diner. These beaches are not quite as vast as the northern beaches but do not disappoint.

Bathers Beach - Fremantle

Bathers Beach - Fremantle

Rockingham/Safety Bay

About 30-40 mins drive from Perth City is Rockingham and Safety bay. Both of these suburbs border the beach and have great access to boat ramps, fishing and ideal kiteboarding locations. So coupled with a great place to just hangout with the family, these locations have something for everyone.


If you are feeling a little more adventurous you can jump on one of the ferry options available and head over to Rottnest Island. If you thought the water was blue in Perth, this is another level. With a coastline of approximately 24km, Rottnest is literally full beaches, you are spoilt for choice. After arriving in Thompsons bay and stopping off for the regular stop at the bakery most head for a walk/ride to the light house and then for a swim at ‘The Basin’. Make sure you take a snorkel with you! The water is absolutely rife with fish. Rottnest Island is a destination not worth missing.

Rottnest Island - The Basin

Rottnest Island - The Basin

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And these are just the ones in Perth, the beauty of the WA coastline extends far beyond the confines of the city limits. From the raw beauty of the Albany cliffs through the great waves around Margaret River all the way up the the exquisite Ningaloo reef and Shark bay, Western Australia has so much to offer and really did hit the jackpot when it comes to it’s beaches.

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