Characterized by bright white sand, the clear azure waters of the Indian Ocean and relatively still waters, Scarborough Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth.
Scarborough Beach is a long, wide strip of sand along the coastal town of Scarborough north of Perth. The wide expanse of sand is perfect for the hundreds of people that descend on the beach come summertime for picnics, sun bathing, beach volleyball and more, whilst the immense length of the beach ensures there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The water off the beach deepens slowly and on a calm day has very little surf, making it perfect for families and those who prefer to frolic without huge waves. When it’s windy however the surf comes alive, drawing surfers and kiteboarders alike to take advantage of the waves. Do be aware that strong currents can run down the beach, so pay attention to where the flags are placed – this is usually the safest area of the beach.
Behind the beach lies a grassed area, freshwater showers and the Esplanade streetscape. Head here after you’ve washed off the day’s sand to have dinner in one of the restaurants or bars that look back towards the ocean. A number of cafés provide a fantastic brunch spot if you fancy starting your day that way.
Scarborough Beach is a 20 minute drive northwest from the Perth CBD, or 40 minutes from the airport. The beach is ‘open’ 24/7, but be aware that the lifeguard station is only manned during certain hours. Never swim at night.