Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer

13 Best Perth Beaches to Visit This Summer

It should come as no surprise that some of the best beaches in Australia are found in Perth. The city is surrounded by nature, making it easy to travel from streets to sand for a day by the ocean. What you plan on doing on the sand can greatly determine which beach is best for you. That’s why we’ve created our list of the 13 best Perth beaches to visit this summer, for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, and all of the rest.

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Cottesloe Beach

1. Cottesloe Beach

Starting off our list of the best Perth beaches to visit this summer is Cottesloe Beach. Only a 20-minute drive from the city’s centre, you can pick up a coffee from one of the many cafes on the way into the beach and start your morning with a shoreline walk, or quick dip in the ocean. Lifeguards are patrolling regularly, so you can have some peace of mind while the kids play in between the flags. With crystal clear waters and bright white sands, this should be your first stop in Perth.

Address: Cottesloe, WA 6011
Includes beaches: North Cottesloe
Length: 0km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0839

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Scarborough Beach

2. Scarborough Beach

Challenging Cottesloe Beach for the title of best beaches in Perth is Scarborough Beach. Cafes and shops littering the shoreline, pearly white sand, patrolling lifeguards. But Scarborough Beach has the better swell, by a long shot. This means you can take your board out the back and shred like there no tomorrow, followed up with a café lunch or pub drink. You can’t go wrong as a surfer at Scarborough Beach.

Address: Scarborough, WA 6019
Includes beaches: Floreat-scarborough, Floreat, Brighton
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0842A

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Mettams Pool

3. Mettams Pool

While the name suggests Mettams Pool is more of a pool than a beach, you’d be mistaken. The name comes from the oceans calm, pool-like conditions, making this great for children and the elderly. On the seafloor you’ll find reefs and rocks, where a huge variety of fish and sea life like to call home. This makes Mettams Pool a great spot for snorkelling. We should note though that the beach is unpatrolled.

Address: North Beach, WA 6020
Length: 0.5km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0849

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Bathers Beach

4. Bathers Beach

Bathers Beach has one perk that makes it very unique on our list of the best Perth beaches to visit this summer. It’s the only beach in Western Australia that you can enjoy a cocktail on the sand, being the only beach with a liquor license. Aside from the drinks, you’ll find the same calm waters and pearly white sand you’ve come to know and love from Perth. Do yourself a favour, and schedule in a fish and chips dinner on the sand as the sun goes down.

Address: Fremantle, WA 6160
Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0833

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5. Coogee Beach

If you’re looking for a beach to host your next picnic with family and friends, look no further than Coogee Beach. The beachfront has shelter and BBQ facilities, making it the perfect spot to sit and eat. Along the beach itself, you’ll find a wide stretch of picturesque waters, as well as a jetty for fishing or jumping off. This will keep the kids entertained for hours of fun, while you sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of Coogee Beach.

Address: North Coogee, WA 6163
Includes beaches: Ngarkal Beach
Length: 3.7km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0825

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer City Beach

6. City Beach

If you were holding out for some of the best surf beaches in Perth, City Beach is the spot for you. The waves can get a little wild and powerful, so we don’t recommend this beach for causal swimmers or beginner surfers. For those who are one with their boards, you’re sure to find a clean break or corner here. If you want to sit back and watch the swell crash and sway, you can do so from the comfort of a beachside restaurant, with many to choose from along the shoreline.

Address: City Beach, WA 6015
Length: 0.5km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0841

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Trigg Beach

7. Trigg Beach

Next on our list, we have Trigg Beach, another one of Perth’s best surf beaches. Again, the waves here are a little powerful for your casual dip. And with the rips and currents that form regularly here, you’ll feel more comfortable with a board underneath you.  Because it’s such a well-known surf spot, with consistent swell and good times to be had, it can get a little crowded. So, if you can, avoid travelling to Trigg beach over school holidays.

Address: Trigg, WA 6029
Length: 0.15km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0843

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Port Beach

8. Port Beach

If you’re over the powerful swell, make your way to Port Beach for a return to calm, relaxing waters. Port Beach is protected from the powerful southwesterly winds that plague many Perth beaches. This means you can play in the sun for longer without all your belongings being blown halfway down the beach. This is a great spot for stand up paddle boarders, as well as ocean swimmers. And if you work up an appetite, there are kiosks and restaurants not far away.

Address: North Fremantle, WA 6159
Length: 1.25km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0835

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Leighton Beach

9. Leighton Beach

Another picturesque postcard beach in Perth is Leighton Beach. Shallow sandbanks turn the ocean waters into a crystal clear shade of blue, with little to no waves to break the illusion. On windier days, kite surfers and windsurfers will be ripping it up along the coast, but otherwise, it’s the perfect spot to set up camp for beach cricket and swims. Leighton Beach is also pet friendly, so you can bring man’s best friend along for the fun.

Address: North Fremantle, WA 6159
Length: 1.5km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0836

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Swanbourne Beach

10. Swanbourne Beach

Swanbourne Beach isn’t a beach that we can completely recommend for the family. The southern end, absolutely, this end of the beach has some guaranteed great views and swimming conditions. The northern end, however, is where the views can get a little, shocking. The northern end of Swanbourne Beach is a nude beach. It’s out of public view, so you don’t have to worry about seeing anything you don’t want to. But just remember, south end with friends, north end with close friends.

Address: Mount Claremont, WA 6010
Length: 5km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0840

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Pinky beach

11. Pinky Beach – Rottnest Island

You may be familiar with Rottnest Island for their population of quokkas (little furry things that smile in photos – adorable). What that also have here is an exquisite crescent beach with crystal clear water, perfect for a swim or Instagram photoshoot in Pinky Beach. You can snorkel, dive, swim, and surf here, there is no shortage of things to do in the ocean.

Address: Rottnest Island, WA 6161
Length: 0.25km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: waR12

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer South Beach

12. South Beach

South Beach may just be the most family-friendly beach on our list of the best Perth beaches to visit this summer. Alongside a beautifully calm ocean and shoreline, you’ll find hundreds of metres of shaded grassy areas, for picnics beside the built-in BBQs and gazebos. If you’d rather leave the cooking for someone else, the local strip of shops known as the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ have you covered for snacks, meals, and everything in between.

Address: Port Denison, WA 6525
Length: 3.8km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa1061

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Best Perth Beaches to Visit this Summer Bailey Beach

13. Bailey Beach

Last, but not least on our list, is Bailey Beach. A hidden gem of Perth (maybe not too much after this list, sorry locals) Bailey Beach is a tiny cove not far from Mettams Pool. Here you can find a reef that’s ideal for snorkelling. If that isn’t your thing, there’s still a nice calm part of the ocean here for you to swim in, and a stretch of bright white sand to lay upon. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Address: Trigg, WA 6029
Length: 0.1km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: wa0846

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General FAQs

What is the best beach near Perth CBD?

If you are looking for the best beach near the Perth CBD, you'll be spoiled for choice. However, the top-rated beach for winning near the CBD is Cottesloe Beach, according to Google Reviews

What is the best beach in Perth for snorkeling?

With its plethora of fish and natural beauty, Bailey Beach is one of the best beaches in Perth for snorkelling.

What is the nicest Perth beach to visit?

For families and day trips, there are a number of great beach options in Perth. The top-rated for walking trails and amenities is Leighton Beach, just north of Fremantle offering lovely snorkelling, swimming.