The past couple of weeks in Perth have given us some of the most beautiful autumn weather with days on end of mild sunshine, blue skies and barely-noticeable wind. I’ve just arrived home after living in Sydney for a while so I’ve had quite a lot of time free, in between job-hunting and settling back in, to get outside and make the most of it!
My wanderings around the city have included a couple of beach walks, and I’ve been reminded once and for all that autumn is the most beautiful time of year for the beaches of Perth.
By the time autumn rolls around, the harsh baking sunlight and strong afternoon sea breezes of summer have left us, and on a fine day the ocean surface stays calm and unruffled even in the late afternoon, when in summer the sea breeze would be blowing a gale.
Just look at the next photo! This amazing view was captured by DG Imagery while swimming at Scarborough Beach at sunset on the 13th May, 2015. There are lots more spectacular photos like this over on DG Imagery’s website so pop over and have a look, or if you subscribe to the newsletter you’ll receive new photos and blog post each week (here’s an example).
Of course autumn weather in Perth is not always perfect. In between times of fine weather there are plenty of cold rainy days and even some wind as well, especially getting closer to winter. But the plus side of these less favourable conditions is that they bring bigger waves and more shells to the beaches, to be enjoyed on beach walks once the clouds have passed.
Swimming at Perth’s Beaches in Autumn
Swimming is not quite as appealing in autumn as it is in summer, but the water is actually a few degrees warmer due to the Leeuwin Current! On most sunny autumn days when I’ve headed down to the beach for a walk, I’ve ended up regretting not bringing my bathers with me.
On the day when the following photos were taken (March last year) we walked down from my Grandfather’s house for a drink at the Blue Duck cafe… and although we weren’t planning on going for a swim, the calm water was so beautiful that we ended up in the water anyway.
Autumn Beach Fishing in Perth
In addition to the usual whiting and tailor that you can easily catch all year, schools of larger-size herring come in to Perth’s beaches from around Easter onwards – another reason to go down to the beach in Autumn, if I haven’t convinced you to already.
Last Updated: 25th May, 2015.
First posted on 15th May, 2015 by Bonny.
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