I am a freelance writer and mum living in Perth and always on the lookout for new things to do, people to meet and places to see.
Published January 19th 2013
There is nothing quite like eating bacon and eggs for breakfast under a blazing blue sky with the thump of surf hitting the beach in front of you, while having earned every bite with a seaside promenade beforehand – what a way to start the weekend.
Surprisingly, given Perth's extensive coastline, there are relatively few places where you can actually do this, but one of the best is certainly Floreat Beach. From the car park, turn left and walk along the front. As you reach the dunes a wooden boardwalk takes you up and over, giving spectacular views out over the sparkling Indian Ocean with Rottnest hovering on the horizon. The dunes are populated with many healthy examples of native plants and if you are lucky you may spot a bobtail below on the sand.
The boardwalk descends to City Beach where you can stroll along the promenade, past the broad pearly expanse of sand which stretches out to the crashing waves. The promenade continues on past Clancy's Fish Pub (great for a beer later in the day) to South City Beach. This is the time to get your feet sandy and walk out to the groyne with its iconic watch tower overhead. Looking north you can see the beach stretching all the way to Scarborough and beyond as far as Hillarys, while south the coast extends down to Cottesloe and the cranes of Fremantle in the distance.
Your choice is now to walk back towards Floreat Beach along the sand, or to return via the promenade and the boardwalk you came on. By now you are probably feeling it's high time for breakfast and the menu at The Kiosk at Floreat Beach will not disappoint. They serve a wide range from the Pancake Stack to Eggs Benedict, or a 'Full On Breakfast' and even muesli and fresh fruit juices for the healthy among you. The food is excellent, if not cheap, and I can personally vouch for the Brekky Burger which hits just the right spot after a beachside walk. See their website for a full menu
The Kiosk has a large well-shaded outside area which is also sheltered from the breeze, and plenty of space for kids and strollers (high chairs provided). The whole walk is in fact well suited to strollers and children as it is mostly flat and ramps are provided where necessary. There are also playgrounds outside both The Kiosk and at City Beach and of course, the beach and the ocean provide endless entertainment.