Perth & Western Australian Beaches

Whether you want to surf world-class Margaret River breaks or grab a beachside blue swimmer crab linguine at a city beach in Perth, Western Australia has the coastal getaway for you. Perth & Western Australian Beaches
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Visit Western Australia's Best Beaches

Whether you want to surf world-class Margaret River breaks or grab a beachside blue swimmer crab linguine at a city beach in Perth, Western Australia has the coastal getaway for you.


Don’t even think about coming to Western Australia without packing your swimming costume. Blessed with an abundance of sand, sea and sunshine, Western Australia has everything a beach-lover could ask for in a holiday destination.

If you’re looking for a beach that’s full of people, bars, restaurants and shopping, head to Hillarys Boat Harbour, a bustling marina next to Sorrento Beach in Perth’s northern suburbs. If you’re wanting somewhere a little less crowded to lay out your beach towel, visit Bailey Beach, a local favourite near the popular surf hub Trigg Beach and one of countless hidden bays and coves dotted along the coast. 

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Perth and surrounds

Many of the state’s most popular beaches are easy to get to from Perth, like Scarborough a popular port of call for visitors to Western Australia. Soft sand and inviting waves aside, a man-made amphitheatre plus a wealth of bars and restaurants ensure Scarborough’s attractions aren’t just limited to the water. The beachside suburb’s famous hotel, Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough Beach, cuts a distinctive figure against the skyline. It’s worth noting that Scarborough is well served by public transport, as are City Beach and Cottesloe, the latter famous for its towering Norfolk pines and terraced, grassy hills. The cooking and cellar at the suburb’s smart-casual Italian restaurant Il Lido also draw a crowd.

Despite being less than half an hour from the centre of Perth, Floreat is a beach with plenty of space. North Beach might be home to a busy set of shops, but the beach itself – which is only accessible by a series of wooden staircases –feels laid-back and somewhat of a local secret. Brighton, the next beach south of Scarborough, has the same sand and sea as its better-known neighbour, only with a fraction of the crowd. Army Beach is another lesser-known section of the coast and takes its name from the nearby army barracks. Next door at Swanbourne Beach, the opening of seaside restaurant The Shorehouse has given food lovers a reason to visit. 

Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, Perth, Western Australia

Although most of Perth’s beaches are north of the city centre, the southern half of the metropolitan area has more than enough to interest beach-goers. The construction of a beachside village at Leighton has revitalised the area with breezy restaurant Bib & Tucker a major part of many people’s morning beach ritual. 

Port Beach’s appealing blend of flat shoreline and calm waters endear it to those after a relaxing start to the day. Lesser-known beaches like Mosman Beach and Sandtrax in Fremantle are also an option for visitors looking to play things low-key. Both offer smaller beach-going crowds and sheltered sandy areas.

Western Australia’s South-West 

Those willing to hit the road in search of adventure will find plenty of options in Western Australia’s south-west. Three and a half hours brings you to Margaret River where dazzling surf and swimming spots like Smiths Beach await. Make a real beach holiday of it by booking a room at Smiths Beach Resort, a collection of deluxe villas. From Margaret River, the Great Southern is a four-hour drive via South Western Highway (or five hours direct from Perth). The scenery through this part of the world is wild and inspiring, cumulating in vistas like Greens Pool in Denmark and Little Beach in Albany’s Two People’s National Park. Keep driving south and head to Esperance and its appropriately dubbed Lucky Bay, both worth that extra time behind the steering wheel.

Cable Beach Camel Train, Broome, Western Australia

Northern Western Australia

Western Australia’s northern beaches also boast their share of seaside wonders. Undoubtedly the most photographed of these beaches is Cable Beach, Broome’s shimmering vision of white sand and marmalade sunsets. After your camel ride, take a 4WD drive along the beach’s 22km shoreline and find your own view of Cable Beach. There’s beauty too at Monkey Mia, although much of its appeal can be attributed to the wild dolphins that visit the shore daily. Turquoise Bay next to Ningaloo Reef is a snorkeler’s paradise while Shell Beach at Shark Bay remains one of the few beaches in the world to be made entirely out of shells. Dotted with seagrass and mangrove-lined bays, Eighty Mile Beach between Port Hedland and Broome attracts shorebirds, scientists and travellers.

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