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BEACHES AND POOLS
Perth’s beaches are often talked about as one big – albeit gorgeous –
collective. It’s true, the coastal strip that flanks the sprawling city doesn’t
deviate greatly in its terrain and its steadfastly Western outlook. But there
are subtle differences between beaches that warrant some exploring up
and down the sunset strip. Perth’s beaches are the go-to places in summer,
and in the calm days of autumn they really shine. It’s not uncommon to be
swimming in May.
Leighton | Like a highway for dogs on weekend mornings, it offers
uninterrupted walking (with limestone interest) and some of the most
stunning water colour to grace the coast. In summer’s sea breezes
it’s kitesurfing central. A new bar and restaurant is a by-product of
development in the area.
Cottesloe | It’s iconic for good reason. The sheltered bay near the
groyne is perfect for bobbing, and if you want to stretch out, it’s a
decent swim between the surf clubs of North and South Cott – or
even just from the shore to the pylon. Norfolk island pines frame the
perfect sunset, and when the sand weariness sets in, pubs, cafes and
City | The closest beach to the city centre, it’s got a big grassy
foreshore area and lots of parking. Like neighbouring Floreat,
waves are usually moderate in summer and rips are rare. It’s a
popular spot for beach fishing.
Scarborough | One of Perth’s most well-regarded beaches, it’s
got grassed areas and lots of parking, plus nearby cafes and a hotel.
It’s popular for swimming, surfing and long beach walks. The beach
just south, Brighton Beach, can be quieter, and is also dog-friendly.
Trigg Beach | Perth’s most consistent surf break can be found at
this beach north of Scarborough– it’s the best place to catch a wave
in Perth’s summer.
Mettams Pool | One for families and calm-water fans, this natural
rock pool near North Beach is protected by reef. Shady gazebos and
a walkway to the water add to the stay-a -while aspect of this
swimming spot, which is also good for snorkelling. Nearby, the
waves are suited to longboard surfers.
Mullalloo | North of Hillarys, this 3km-long beach is one for the surfers
and kitesurfers. The best waves are at the northern end, near the surf
club. You can also water-ski north of the point.
• Finn Kayaks
Coastal Challenge January 22
Fremantle to Sorrento Beach
• City of Perth Australia Day
Skyworks January 26 Perth
• City of Perth Triathlon – State
Olympic Distance Championship
January 29 Perth
• Perth International Arts Festival
February 10-March 3 Perth
• St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
February 11 Perth Cultural Centre
• Cottesloe Beach Triathlon & Ocean
Adventure February 18 Perth
• Women’s Triathlon February 19 Perth
• 2012 Colin Mullins
International Youth Regatta
February 27-29 Perth
• Sculpture by the Sea
March 1-19 Cottesloe
• Future Music Festival 2012
March 4 Perth
• Perth International
Arts Festival February 10-March 3
Various venues around Perth
• State Series Beach
Volleyball WA Open March 10-11
Scarborough Beach, Perth
• Nissan Corporates
Triathlon National Series
March 11 Perth
JANUARY - JUNE 2012
• Perth Caravan and Camping Show
March 15-19 Claremont
• UCI World Cycling Tour Perth
2012 March 25 Perth
• Hillarys Triathlon – TriEvents
Triathlon Series March 25 Perth
• V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth
Challenge May 4-6 Perth
• WAMi Festival May 26-June 2
Various venues around Perth
• HBF Run for a Reason May 27 Perth
• Perth Marathon June 17 Perth
• Supanova Pop Culture Expo
June 22-24 Claremont
Fishing at Trigg (Photography Dan Paris).
Stand-up paddleboarding (Photography Surfing WA).
Cottesloe Beach (Photography Dan Paris).
Constant A Dream by Orest
Keywan, at Sculpture by the Sea.
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