With its soft golden sand and classic old surf pavilion, it's hardly surprising that of all Perth's beautiful beaches, Cottesloe is the firm favourite. The beach is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers throughout the year, and is also a favoured destination for beach volleyball enthusiasts.
Apart from water-based activities, there is plenty to see and do at Cottesloe Beach. Every March, the beach transforms into a vibrant sculpture park when Sculpture by the Sea comes to town - a not-to-be-missed arts event that attracts thousands.
Some of Perth's most beautiful picnic spots are also located in the lovely green parks adjacent to the beach, as well as a couple of very good children's playgrounds. Even when it's too cold to swim, these parks are a great place to relax at the end of a busy day, enjoy a picnic, and watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean. For fitness enthusiasts, walking along the beach is also recommended.
Directions: Cottesloe Beach can be reached by either public or private transport. However, although there is plenty of parking close to the beach, it can be difficult to find a spot during the summer holidays or weekends.
From Perth, catch a train on the Fremantle line (they leave every 15 minutes), and get off at Cottesloe station. Follow the signs to the beach - it's a 15 minute walk away. Alternatively, you can catch bus 102 from the Esplanade Busport, and this will drop you off right at the beach.
My favourite time to visit Cottesloe Beach is during summer, just as the sun is rising. The crowds haven't arrived at this time so it's beautiful just to chill out there, do some yoga and of course, go for a swim.