Australian beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and Perth beaches are a stunning example. See the Indian Ocean gleaming under a deep blue sky and warm southern sun at many beach locations right across Perth.
With over 12,000 kilometres of pristine coastline, there's a great beach to suit everyone.
People of all ages flock to Cottesloe Beach - it's the perfect spot for a swim, surf or snorkel.
Here, towering Norfolk pines line a boulevard buzzing with cafes and pubs.
Enjoy an early-morning breakfast beside the Indian Ocean, or a refreshing sunset beer at the pub.
Cottesloe is one of the most popular of all Western Australian beaches. The clean, clear coastline and smooth terraced lawns are filled with Perth's most buff bods, while kids hang out in playground heaven.
The Basin at Rottnest Island is also ideal for swimmers and snorkellers of all ages. The sheltered, turquoise lagoon is flush with colourful schools of fish.
For teens and young adults, Scarborough Beach is a firm favourite.
This historic seaside town, home of the famous 1950s hangout, the Scarborough Snake Pit, offers impressive surf breaks.
At night, Scarborough's foreshore comes alive with pumping clubs and pubs.
Those who love a quiet spot of beach fishing or an afternoon of body-boarding may prefer the clean, quiet waters of City Beach or Floreat Beach.
Meanwhile, surfers seeking Perth's gnarliest waves should head to Trigg, where shifting sand banks over rocky ledges creates powerful surf.
Children and novice swimmers will love the tranquil waters of Mettams Pool, between Sorrento Beach and Trigg.
The calm, deep-blue water is perfect for snorkeling and paddling.
40 minutes south of the city, Rockingham offers a range of beaches to suit everyone. For families try Rockingham Beach, the winner of Perth’s Best Beach Award 2010. There’s shady, parks with bbq’s overlooking shallow beaches protected from the sea breeze.
For scuba divers there’s also a wreck dive trail in 18 metres of water located just an easy swim from the shore. For snorkelers explore the reefs around Point Peron or if you’re into kite surfing try Shoalwater or Safety Bay.
Dolphins can often be seen around the jetty, where sunset fishing is a popular pastime.
For more on Western Australian beaches, visit the WA Beaches page.
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