Experience the magnificence of WA's coastline.
Choose one or a few of Perth's 19 sensational white sand beaches for a sun-soaked day of relaxation. Cool off in crystal clear waters before dining on a picnic or at a beachside cafe. Take a scenic coastal walk to work off lunch then finish your day with a spectacular Western Australian sunset while having a drink or two at a seaside bar or pub.
Duration: 1 day
DAY 1: Perth Beaches
Grab your snorkel and goggles then jump in the car to take a scenic drive along West Coast Highway to Mettams Pool. Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, between Trigg and Hillarys Boat Harbour, this sheltered ocean rockpool is a favourite for local families and the snorkelling novice. It's also great for swimming and reef exploration.
You'll find a popular cycle track from here to Sorrento Beach (further north) and Trigg Island (just south), so borrow or hire a bike and take in the incredible ocean views as you journey to your next seaside destination.
For those driving, head a little further south along West Coast Highway to Perth's famous Scarborough Beach. It's one of the most popular swimming and surfing spots in the metropolitan area, and is equipped with public toilets, showers and change rooms. You'll also find plenty of free parking just metres from the sand.
Take an invigorating stroll along the seemingly endless shoreline before plunging in for a dip. Or grab a surfboard and catch a wave. Scarborough Beach is also a favourite with bodyboarders, windsurfers and kite surfers - see them in action or join in the fun yourself.
Scarborough also offers a range of cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets to re-fuel at lunch. You can either dine-in or take away to enjoy a picnic on the large grassy areas or under the shelters provided.
If you're looking to extend your stay to overnight, there are many accommodation choices in Scarborough, from hotels and serviced apartments to backpacker hostels and motels. Most are only metres from the beach and provide awesome outlooks onto glistening water.
A 10 minute drive south of Scarborough Beach will find you at the pleasant and less crowded Swanbourne Beach. This popular beach has a section for nudist beachgoerson the north side; however, if that doesn't appeal, simply keep to the main beach or drive five minutes further along to the iconic Cottesloe Beach - another local favourite that offers plenty of free parking.
Norfolk Island Pines line the streets and provide welcome shade from the brilliant Western Australian sun. There are plenty of grassy spots here creating lots of ideal picnic spots, so pack a hamper or grab some fish and chips from one of the local outlets after a swim in the crystal clear waters.
If you feel like relaxing, lie on the beach for the afternoon or settle in at one of the bustling cafés that have uninterrupted views of the sparkling sea.
If you're feeling more energetic, walk, jog or cycle along the path that extends all the way to Port Beach, north of Fremantle. Go for a surf or snorkel in the nearby rocks and reefs.
Whichever beach you choose as your destination for the day, stay until dusk to catch a breathtaking Western Australian sunset - the sun sinking gently into the shimmering blue waters of the Indian Ocean is an unforgettable scene.
Public toilets, changing facilities and showers are available at many Perth beaches, so take some extra clothes and stay on for a taste of vibrant beachside nightlife, including the ever popular 'Sunday sessions' which always draw good crowds at coastal pubs.
If you're not driving, Perth's beaches are easily accessed by public transport, with regular bus and train services running to the coast daily.Visit the Transperth website for timetables.