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Cottesloe Beach

Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.

Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s best places to spend a hot summer’s day. It has excellent swimming and surfing conditions and clear water. It’s a great beach for families, thanks to its facilities and Surf Life Saving Club. Grab a towel, put on some sunscreen and hit the waves.

Cottesloe became a popular spot to cool off in the late 19th century and its reputation hasn’t changed. The surf is consistent and the water temperature above 70 F (21 C) for most of the year.

For surfing, find the best breaks south of the Arch Monument, with its huge stone Sundial, or paddle a little further out. Swimmers will find that the swells are gentler closer to the iconic Indiana bistro building.

Travelers with younger children should head south to the Groyne. You’ll find a sheltered pocket perfect for a quiet splash. See if you can spot Rottnest Island in the distance and visit the Vlamingh Memorial, named after the Dutch explorer who named the Rottnest.

Bring along a fishing rod and drop a line from the pier for a chance to catch whiting or bream. Rent some snorkeling gear and admire the marine life around the protected Cottesloe Reef system. If you look closely you may even spot weed-like sea dragons among the waving seagrass!

Find shade under a tall Norfolk pine tree or sit back on the grassy lawns and gaze out at the Indian Ocean while you enjoy a picnic. For fresh seafood and snacks, check out Marine Parade along the beach. At sunset, enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail in a local pub.

If you happen to be in Perth in mid-March, don’t miss the annual Sculpture by the Sea event on this beach.

Cottesloe Beach is about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from central Perth. Take public transport or drive there and park for free along Marine Parade. In summer, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards until the early evening. Always swim between the flags, which mark the safest swimming spot.


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Lodging Near Cottesloe Beach

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$70
Ocean Beach Hotel

Ocean Beach Hotel

Cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe, Cottesloe
4.0
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Showgrounds is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

$112
Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
2.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Showgrounds is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

$141
Cottesloe Beach Chalets

Cottesloe Beach Chalets

6 John Street, Cottesloe
3.2
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Showgrounds is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

Cottesloe Sea Bliss

Cottesloe Sea Bliss

7 Napier Street, Cottesloe
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Showgrounds is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

Cottesloe Artists Retreat

Cottesloe Artists Retreat

1/6 Forrest Street, Cottesloe
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Showgrounds is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

Cottesloe Studio 105

Cottesloe Studio 105

14 McNamara Way, Cottesloe
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Cottesloe, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe Surf Club, and Claremont Showgrounds. Kings Park and Botanic Garden and City Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Cottesloe Contempo Apartment

Cottesloe Contempo Apartment

453 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe Surf Club, and Claremont Showgrounds. City Beach and Kings Park and Botanic Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Cottesloe Contemporary Villa

Cottesloe Contemporary Villa

8 Beach Street, Cottesloe
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. City Beach and Kings Park and Botanic Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).