Despite its prime location on Perth’s coast, City Beach is less visited than other beaches such as Cottesloe and Scarborough. Those who do venture here are rewarded with unspoiled white sand, good waves for surfing and kitesurfing, and a selection of waterfront eateries.
With fewer crowds than neighboring beaches, City Beach draws locals for swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, sunbathing, and picnicking. It’s not usually part of city tours, but you can admire the beach from above on a helicopter flight. The residential suburb of City Beach is home to the physical beach of the same name as well as Floreat Beach to the north. Both beaches have a Surf Life Saving Club.
Things to know before you go
- Exercise caution when swimming, as the waves can be strong.
- Floreat Beach has picnic tables and grassy space and is quieter than City Beach, which has a few restaurants.
- Both beaches have playgrounds and free parking.
- Perth can be very hot in the summer with strong sun, so wear plenty of sun protection.
How to get there
City Beach is roughly a 20-minute drive west of the Perth Central Business District. It’s accessible by bus via the City Beach stop.
When to get there
Risk of sunburn is highest from the late morning through the afternoon; make sure you are prepared for the high temperatures and sun if you plan to lie on the beach. Early morning provides the best light for photos and minimal wind. If you plan to kitesurf—or just watch—you’ll find the action on summer afternoons and evenings. Perth’s coast faces due west, providing ideal views of the sun setting into the Indian Ocean.
If you prefer a livelier beach scene, Scarborough Beach is less than a 10-minute drive. Home to hotels, surf shops, a rock-climbing wall, and the Esplanade’s bars and restaurants, Scarborough attracts more travelers, particularly backpackers, than the residential beaches to the north and south.