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Best Beaches, Beach Walks And Sunset Spots In Perth

Outdoor Updated Mar 11, 2022

Discover the best dog-friendly beaches in Perth, the best beaches in Perth for swimming, the best places for beach walks and where to watch the beautiful Perth sunset!

If you're planning to head to the beach during the next public holiday or next Perth school holidays, check out the dates for the public holidays and school holidays 2022 Perth.

On this page you'll find:


Tickets to AQWA, Aquarium Perth WA

AQWA is a stunning aquarium in WA. With dozens of unique exhibits, AQWA is perfect for families with kids. It's a fantastic place to take the kids to explore and discover some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean!

Well worth going to see especially on school holidays! Free for kids under 2 y.o. Buy AQWA tickets online.

Tickets to AQWA, Aquarium Perth WA


Best beaches in Perth

There are lots of fantastic beaches in Perth, Western Australia. Discover top Perth beaches for swimming, and well as dog-friendly beaches Perth has to offer.

Leighton beach

Leighton Beach in Perth, Australia, is a pristine beach that is popular with locals. It's one of the best Perth beaches for swimming with crystal clear water. There are cafes to grab a snack and BBQs and picnic spots in the park nearby.

Leighton Beach, a great dog-friendly beach in Perth
Leighton Beach, a great dog-friendly beach in Perth. Source: Andrew MacFarlane on Google Images

It's a perfect place to come watch the beautiful Perth sunset too.

Leighton Beach, Perth, WA, is one of the best Perth sunset spots
Leighton Beach is one of the best Perth sunset spots. Source: Travis Hydzik on Google Images

Leighton Beach is a dog-friendly beach Perth has to offer. It’s just past the family-friendly swimming area heading towards Mosman Beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash, and there are often many dogs running around playing together.

Leighton Beach is a dog friendly beach in Perth
Leighton Beach is a dog friendly beach in Perth. Source: Andrew MacFarlane on Google Images

South Beach

South Beach is also one of Perth's beautiful beaches, popular with families with toddlers and kids of all ages. One of the best Perth beaches for swimming and a great dog-friendly beach nearby.

South Beach is the best Perth beach for swimming and families
South Beach is the best Perth beach for swimming and families. Source: Firdy M on Google Images

Dogs are allowed off-leash at South Beach and on the grass areas, but best stay on a leash when other people have picnics on the grass.

South Beach is a dog's happy place, dog-friendly beach in Perth
South Beach will be your dog's happy place! Visit this dog-friendly beach in Perth. Source: alexpaolino1 on Google Images

There is lots of space on the beach and grass areas nearby with shade and picnic spots. And if you're looking to stretch your legs and enjoy Perth beach walks with lovely ocean views, South Beach is the place to be!

South Beach is one of Perth beautiful beaches and a favourite dog-friendly beach in Perth. Source: Angela Cornelio on Google Images

Cottesloe Beach

Locals love Cottesloe Beach in Perth because there's something here for everyone: you can go swimming (it's a patrolled beach), enjoy a beach walk, and have a picnic. Cottesloe Beach gets very busy during peak periods - weekends, Perth public holidays and WA school holidays.

Cottesloe Beach is a family friendly beach great for swimming, beach walks and picnics. Source: Peter Day on Google Images

Cottesloe Beach is also home to Sculpture By The Sea, a sculpture exhibition by talented local Australian artists. Check when the next event is here.

A unique sculpture on Cottesloe Beach exhibition Sculpture By The Sea. Source: giulia carpanedo on Google Images

How long does it take to get from Perth to Cottesloe Beach?

It's a 25-min drive from Perth to Cottesloe Beach or a 40-min public transport journey.

Free Surfing Lessons in Cottesloe, Perth WA

Learn how to surf through these public events or one-on-one private surf lessons.

Free Surfing Lessons in Cottesloe, Perth W


Peasholm Perth Dog Beach

Peasholm Perth Dog Beach is a popular Perth dog beach that both puppies and big doggos will love! There are shower and hose facilities and a small carpark that can get busy during weekends.

Peasholm Beach is the perfect dog friendly beach in Perth! Source: Andrea Basile on Google Images

It's great for enjoying the Perth sunset with your dogs too!

Don't miss the fantastic sunset at Peasholm Beach in Perth! Source: Dan Kong on Google Images

Peasholm Perth Dog Beach Map

📍 Get the directions to Peasholm Dog Beach here.


Best Perth beach walks

In Perth, beautiful beaches aren't just for swimming. To truly enjoy the ocean views and pristine beaches in Perth, beach walks are a must! Here are our picks for the best beach walks Perth has to offer.

Floreat Beach Perth Nature Walk

Floreat Beach Perth Nature Walk is perfect for enjoying Perth sunsets and sunrises and beautiful Perth views of the Indian Ocean.

Please note that jogging is not allowed on the boardwalk, and dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Floreat Beach offers one of the best Perth beach walks with beautiful views
Floreat Beach offers one of the best Perth beach walks with beautiful views. Source: TravelAddict on Google Images

After enjoying the Nature Walk, head over to Floreat Beach, where kids will love the Floreat Beach Play Space, a shaded playground which is overlooking the Ocean. However, dogs are not allowed here nor on Floreat Beach.  

A beautiful Perth sunsets at Floreat Beach nature walks
A beautiful Perth sunsets at Floreat Beach Perth nature walks. Source: Chanchira on Google Images

Floreat Beach Map

📍 Get directions to Floreat Beach Perth Nature Walk.


Iluka Coastal Path

Iluka Coastal Path is one of the best Perth beach walking trails connecting Burns Beach, Iluka Beach and Foreshore Park, with beautiful ocean views.

Iluka Coastal Path is one of the best Perth beach walks and one of the best Perth nature walks
Iluka Coastal Path is one of the best Perth beach walks and one of the best Perth nature walks. Source: Simon Shaw on Google Images

It is a perfect setting for watching the gorgeous Perth sunset.

Don't miss the Iluka coastal walking trail for its beautiful Perth sunset and one of the best Perth bush walks
Don't miss the Iluka coastal walking trail for its beautiful Perth sunset and one of the best Perth bush walks. Source: Wayne Pickard on Google Images

This spot is perfect for visiting Perth with family. There are cafes, parking, toilets, picnic spots, and BBQ facilities at Burns Beach Foreshore Park and Iluka Foreshore Park. There are playgrounds at both parks too.

Iluka Foreshore Park has a playground, picnic tables and more. There are many Perth playgrounds near the beach to discover
Iluka Foreshore Park has a playground, picnic tables and more. There are many Perth playgrounds near the beach to discover. Source: Ashwin Masarkar on Google Images

Dogs are allowed on leash on the walking trail but not on Iluka Beach or Burns Beach.

📍 Get directions to the Iluka Coastal Path nature walk in Perth.


Point Peron Foreshore Park

Point Peron and Peron Foreshore Park are unique spots full of history, where native bushland meets the pristine coastline. It’s perfect for exploring with the whole family, with some of the best Perth bush walks ,and beach walks for you to enjoy.

The beautiful Point Peron beach, the best Perth nature walks and bush walks
The beautiful Point Peron beach, the best Perth nature walks and bush walks. Source: Martin Hadley on Google Images

Point Peron Beach is great for swimming or enjoying a picnic on the shore, taking in the beautiful scenery, and maybe even a Perth sunset!

Amazing rock formations at Point Peron beach in Perth
Amazing rock formations at Point Peron beach in Perth. Source: LEO LI on Google Images

Look closely for native wildlife, including dolphins in the ocean! Dogs are allowed on leash at all times.

A dolphin spotted at Point Peron beach in Perth
A dolphin spotted at Point Peron beach in Perth. Source: Adam Bent on Google Images

Point Peron Map

Point Peron Beach is a 1-hour drive from Perth city, perfect for a day trip or road trip for the whole family with kids.

Here's the Point Peron map to explore the beach in Perth, bush walks and more.
📍  Get directions to Point Peron here.


Best Perth sunset-watching spots

Don't miss these best Perth sunset watching spots, where you can enjoy a picnic and some quality time with family.

Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach is popular for sunset watching, swimming, and surfing in Perth. However, big waves are common, so swimming for young kids isn't recommended.

Scarborough Beach in Perth is a popular surfing beach that has many things to do in Perth for families
Scarborough Beach in Perth is a popular surfing beach that has many things to do in Perth for families. Source: Mr Lee Out And About on Google Images

There is lots of space to settle down with a picnic or take away to enjoy the stunning Perth sunset on the beach, grass areas or picnic tables.

Incredible Perth sunset from Scarborough Beach
Incredible Perth sunset from Scarborough Beach. Source: Clint Christison on Google Images

It's a bustling area with cafes, restaurants and many locals and families enjoying a picnic, beach walks, cycling and more. There are also many fun kids activities, including a skate park, basketball court, rock climbing wall and an awesome Whale Playground!

Kids will love the Whale Playground in Perth
Kids will love the Whale Playground in Perth. Source: Greg McPhee on Google Images

How long does it take to get from Perth to Scarborough Beach?

It's a 20-minute car ride from Perth to Scarborough Beach or 30+ minutes on public transport from Perth CBD. 📍 Get directions to Scarborough Beach Perth here.


Whitfords Beach

This peaceful, beautiful beach in Perth is perfect for walking your dog and watching the gorgeous Perth sunset. Swimming is not recommended due to strong currents and no lifeguard or patrol.

Perth sunset at the dog-friendly Whitfords Beach
Enjoy the gorgeous Perth sunset at the dog-friendly Whitfords Beach. Source: Rina Shah on Google Images

📍 Get directions to Whitfords Beach.


Perth Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach is a favourite surfing beach in Perth, but not the best beach for swimming due to large waves and strong currents. It's a great spot for catching the gorgeous Perth sunset, but be careful of snakes and spiders reported in the area.

Sunset in Trigg Beach, one of the best Perth beach sunsets
Look at that sunset in Trigg Beach - truly one of the best Perth beach sunsets! Source: Rodrigo Marcolino on Google Images

📍 Get Trigg Beach directions.


I hope this list gave you some ideas for more free things to in Perth with your family! Share this article to help more families discover ideas for what to do in Perth on weekends, public holidays and school holidays!

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For more ideas on what to do in Perth, check out our interactive map.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Perth in Western Australia?
Yes, Perth is the capital city of the state of Western Australia.
Are Perth borders open?
Yes, the Western Australia and Perth border are open from 3 March 2022. All people arriving into WA, including returning residents, must meet all the current entry requirements listed on WA government website: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/was-border-opening-thursday-3-march-2022.
What’s Perth famous for?
Perth is known for being the most isolated city in the world with hot and sunny weather, enjoying more sunshine hours than any other Australian capital city. Going to the beach in Perth is one of the most popular activities. Read on to discover the best beaches in Perth.
How many beaches in Perth?
There are many beaches in Perth city and surroundings, including 19 Perth city beaches, many more dog-friendly beaches in Perth, and lots of beaches in Perth for swimming. Read below for the best beaches Perth has to offer.
How many shark attacks at Cottesloe Beach?
According to the shark attack data from the Global Shark Attack File (GSAF) created by the Shark Research Institute, there have been 8 shark attacks at Cottesloe Beach in Perth since 1900. There is a shark net enclosure around the part of Cottesloe Beach for swimming. However, shark sightings can occur so it is important to look for any signs indicating that a shark was spotted when visiting the beach.

Daria

Content creator and editor at schoolholidays.com.au. I love to travel, read and write!

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