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Perth has clean, unspoilt white sand beaches with gorgeous blue water, and options for everyone from families with small children, to keen surfers and divers. There are great beaches on the Sunset Coast, as well as further south in Mandurah, Rockingham and around Rottnest Island.
One of our most famous beaches, Cottesloe Beach, is simply beautiful, and equally popular with tourists and locals.
Just north is Floreat Beach, which is also worth visiting for it's pristine white sand and clear water.
City Beach is close to Perth city and is very popular with locals, including sporting teams undertaking training sessions on the sand and in the water!
Renowned for their cafes as well as good surfing are Scarborough Beach and Trigg Island Beach. Worth seeing at Trigg are the limestone outcrops, which are home to many species of native birds. This spot is perfect for surfers and is home to some of Perth's surf schools.
The clear, shallow lagoons in the Marmion Marine Park are perfect for families with young children or inexperienced swimmers. It's a great spot to see Australian marine life, including sea lions, bottlenosed dolphins and even humpback whales offshore in season.
Good visibility and interesting coral formations make the waters around Perth popular for scuba diving. Several local operate dive charters and you'll have no trouble hiring gear and tanks. The many coral reefs and limestone caves off the coast of Rottnest Island are particularly popular, with some of WA's best snorkelling spots.
Lifesavers patrol Perth beaches, especially in summer, so always remember to swim between the flags.