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The beautiful Perth beaches are the city's number one attraction, for both travellers and Perth locals.
The contrast of deep blue Indian Ocean water and hot white sand baking in the sun is heavenly on a summer's day, when temperatures can reach upwards of 40oC.
What makes Perth beaches so special?
What I love most about Perth beaches, as opposed to the other cities with beautiful beaches such as Sydney, is that they are so easy to get to, and so relaxing once you're there.
There are a good variety of beaches in Perth, from long blindingly white ones with big waves, to sheltered rocky coves and reefy lagoons.
While I do enjoy surf beaches with waves, my favourite beaches in Perth are those across the water at Rottnest Island. Rottnest beaches are surrounded by limestone reefs, so are very sheltered and calm.
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Indian Ocean Sunset Beaches
Being on the west coast, the sun sets over the ocean in Perth. The sunset beach views are spectacular on some evenings.
Perth Beaches: Relaxed, Clean, and Beautiful in a Simple Way
Perth people love to rave about the quality of our beaches, and while there's no doubt that we're speaking the truth, I have to let you know that Perth's beaches are actually quite modest.
They're beautiful, but in an elemental sun-sand-water sort of way.
You're not going to find Western Australia's biggest and best surf, most spectacular rock formations of colourful tropical fish in Perth. For that you'll have to venture north or south beyond the city! (Read about Margaret River, Broome, Esperance or Ningaloo for more information on some of WA's most amazing beaches.)
If you're just after the good, simple beachy things - cool, clear blue water to swim in and an uncrowded stretch of clean white sand ... a relaxing and refreshing respite from city life - then I know for sure that you'll love Perth beaches as much as I do.
Discover Perth Beaches
This page details which Perth beaches are best for swimming, fishing, beach combing, snorkelling and surfing. Find out which beach is best to take little kids to, which beach has the biggest waves and where to escape the crowds on even the busiest summer's day.
All the Perth beaches close to the city, from Sandtrax in the south to Hillarys Boat Harbour in the north, including the favourites like Cottesloe and Scarborough and the ones that almost no-one goes to, like the one that forms part of the shooting range behind the Swanbourne army base.
The Port of Fremantle, where the Swan River meets the ocean, has calm beaches with small waves in between breakwaters and marinas. These are some of the best beaches in Perth for beach combing and for taking young children swimming.
Even further south than Fremantle on the outskirts of Perth's suburbs, are two huge, sheltered bays. These are Cockburn Sound and Warnboro Sound. Off shore are a string of reefs and islands. Garden Island is by far the largest, and those further south make up the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. This is one of the best areas for fishing and snorkelling.
Dogs are not allowed at all on most Perth beaches, but there are a few set aside especially for dogs and their owners, where your dog can run free off the lead.
Visit the Perth dog beaches page to find out which beaches are dog beaches, and the pros and cons of each one.
Rottnest beaches are picture-perfect, with clear turquoise water sheltered by reefs. Here you'll find tiny deserted coves, wide bays with long sandy beaches and natural ocean swimming pools in the reef platform. These beaches are absolutely fantastic for swimming, snorkeling and fishing. They also have some of the best surfing in Perth, for experienced surfers.
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Which Perth beach do you think is best of all?
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