Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA. © Tourism Western Australia

Guide to Cottesloe Beach

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Make sandcastles and visit Sculpture by the Sea

Be inspired to build castles from the pure white sand with a visit to Sculpture by the Sea. This free seaside exhibition, held each March, turns Cottesloe Beach into an outdoor art gallery of giant sculptures. Wander your way along the beach as you view incredible works by new and established artists.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Australia

Enjoy ocean views as you dine

Choose from many stylish eateries around Marine Parade, many of which, such as The Blue Duck or the famous Art Deco Indiana restaurant, offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. A table at Barchetta for dinner will almost guarantee one of the finest sunsets in the world.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Swim and snorkel

Cottlesloe is divided into three areas. The main Cottesloe Beach is great for swimming and walking. Peters Pool at North Cottesloe Beach is a great snorkelling spot and right in front of the surf club and Blue Duck and Barchetta cafés. There's no beach at all at South Cottesloe; just rocky reefs and cliffs. This is where the surfers head and is great for watching wind and kitesurfers. When the ocean's calm, it's also one of Perth's better snorkelling spots. You may even be lucky enough to spot an endangered leafy sea dragon.

Surfing at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Learn to surf

Cottesloe is the birthplace of surfing and surf lifesaving in Western Australia. Grab a board and learn to hang ten with Surfing Lessons Cottesloe. Western Australia's only family owned and operated surfing school offers a Safe Surfing Program for people of all ages and abilities.

Picnic at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Picnic on the beach

The wide grassy Cottesloe Esplanade, shaded by giant Norfolk Pine trees, offers lovely spots for picnics or just watching the ocean. Outdoor music concerts are often held here. Enjoy the noisy chatter of the colourful rainbow lorikeet birds that live in the trees. 

Rottnest Channel Swim, Rottnest, WA © Rottnest Channel Swim

Challenge yourself on the Rottnest Channel Swim

The Rottnest Channel Swim is an annual open water swimming event from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island, held each February. It is one of the largest open water swimming events in the world, covering about 20 kilometres (12 miles). You can choose to compete as a solo swimmer, in a duo or as part of a team.

Cycling, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Cycle the trails

The cycling and walking route from Cottesloe to Hillarys covers 25 kilometres (16 miles) of stunning Perth coastline, but you don't have to do the whole thing. Pick any section of the route to tackle by foot or hire a bike. If you're up for a challenge, the Bush to Beach Trail is a well signposted 16-kilometre (10-mile) walking and cycling trail that starts in Perth and finishes near Cottesloe Beach.

Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Cottesloe, WA © Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Sleep by the sea

Cottesloe offers plenty of accommodation options, including charming seaside hotels and serviced apartments. Rest your head at the Cottesloe Beach HotelCottesloe Beach House Stays or Cottesloe Beach Chalets.

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