If you asked a local what the best beach in Perth is, you're most likely going to get "Cottesloe beach of course" as an answer. I however strongly disagree. With thousands of people flocking to Cottesloe every summer it certainly is the most popular, but it's not necessarily the best. You see, there's a quiet little beach tucked away in an outer southern suburb of Perth that is absolutely to die for. Golden Bay.
Almost religiously, every summer my girlfriend and I pack all of our beach gear into my car and take the trip down to Golden Bay. It's our favourite beach to go to, even over the more popular beaches such as Cottesloe or Scarborough.
As you drive into Golden Bay, you'll notice it's off of the main road, isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Tall sand dunes surround the small entrance road to the beach, and old beach shacks scattered around really make the beach feel special.
When you arrive it may not look like much, just a parking lot, park and more sand dunes. But trust me, what's behind those sand dunes is the real treat. Just past the parking lot there is a relatively long path that winds its way to the beach. Take the path, and before you know it you'll be greeted with the sounds of crashing waves and the smell of salt water.
On the beach you'll be treated to pristine water, generously sized waves and sand stretching as far as your eyes can see. The beauty of Golden Bay is that it's remote yet highly accessible. Not too many people other than locals visit the beach, so you can enjoy all the perks the beach has to offer all year round without worrying about huge crowds.
Golden Bay also has all the standard facilities you would expect at a good beach. It has a very well maintained park, clean toilets and shower block and BBQ facilities.To top it off, there's also a lookout tower that overlooks the spectacular beach. So next summer, pack up your stuff and head to Golden Bay. The small trip is a cheap price to pay for an awesome day at one of Perth's best kept secrets.