western australian beaches are among the most beautiful in the world
Western Australian beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, from the breathtaking Indian Ocean sunsets of Cable Beach to Australia’s whitest beach – Lucky Bay – where even the kangaroos can’t resist lounging on the sand. Between them and beyond, WA has plenty of spots to pitch your sun umbrella, with 19 stunning beaches in Perth alone and a grand total of 20,781 kilometres of coastline.
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Cottesloe Beach is Perth’s most iconic beach. A living picture postcard, with its white sand, majestic Norfolk Pines and buzzing boulevard of cafes and bars, Cottesloe is the ideal spot for a swim, surf, snorkel, picnic, sunset drinks, or a fish and chip dinner by the sea.
Beside one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, Broome’s Cable Beach is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. Here, along 22 kilometres of sun-kissed sand you can take in the spectacle of an Indian Ocean sunset from the seat of a camel train.
Head south to the shores of Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance and prepare to be dazzled by one of WA’s finest coastal jewels, Lucky Bay. It’s officially Australia’s whitest beach, with sand so clean, it squeaks beneath your feet.
You’ll also find some of the most striking natural beauty of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef lies at the shoreline. Take your pick from a string of pristine white beaches lapped by the clearest blue waters, including the aptly named Turquoise Bay.
You’ll be surprised by what you encounter by just taking a paddle at Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. It’s one of the best and most reliable places in the world for close encounters with wild dolphins – they’ve been swimming into the shallows to interact with visitors almost every day for over 40 years.
The sheltered clear lagoon of The Basin at Rottnest Island is an ideal swimming and snorkelling spot for all ages and abilities. It’s one of 63 beautiful beaches and bays to choose from when you visit this car-free, A-class island reserve just a short ferry ride from Perth.
Little paddlers and novice swimmers and snorkellers will also love the tranquil waters of Mettams Pool, nestled between Sorrento Beach and Trigg, or the beach sheltered by Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Head 40 minutes south of the city to the beaches of Rockingham and Shoal Water Island Marine Park. In town, Rockingham Beach foreshore is the ideal picnic spot, with shady lawns and playgrounds complete with public bbqs.
For a quiet spot of beach fishing or body boarding, you may prefer the clean, quiet waters of City Beach or Floreat Beach, just to the north of Perth CBD.
The World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and sweeping curve of the Coral Coast shelters the waters of Bills Bay, in Coral Bay. And even on the wilder southern coastline, you’ll find little oases of calm among granite outcrops, such as the inviting emerald waters of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks near Denmark, and Middleton Beach in Albany.
For teens and young adults, Scarborough Beach is a firm favourite. By day, fun seekers hit the surf breaks, and at night Scarborough's foreshore is pumping with lively clubs and pubs.
Those in search of Perth's gnarliest waves should head to Trigg, where shifting sand banks and rocky ledges create powerful breaks. Or for truly world-class, consistent surf conditions, put Surfer's Point in Margaret River top of your must-do list. Home to the Margaret River Pro, this is where the world's elite pro-surfers love to hang ten.
If it’s wind and wave action you seek, take the one-hour-fifteen-minute drive north of Perth to Lancelin’s coastal playground at Windsurfer’s Beach. Big jumps and easy riding are all here for the taking.
Check out the surfing and windsurfing pages, or the Top 10 Surfing Spots and Top 10 Beaches for more info.