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Revealed: Top 3 Perth Metro Beaches

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by Leedy Astray (subscribe)
A Leederville local (Perth, Western Australia) who loves to share new & unique experiences. Always on the lookout for cool-ness. Check out my instagram page @leedy.astray
Published March 1st 2015
Revealed: Top three Perth metro beaches
We live in a city best known for its beaches. To say we are spoilt for choice is an understatement. Picking the three best is therefore no easy feat and opinions are sure to be divided. After some early afternoon sun and a refreshing swim I feel up to the task. Please comment below and let me know which one is your favourite! See you in the waves.

1. Swanbourne Beach

Where: North end of Marine Parade, right by the Surf Club
Why: Even though it's only just north of some of Perth's most ritzy/busy shores you feel like you're the only one on the beach

Is Swanbourne beach the black sheep of the family? I think not. Set in front of some seriously prime real estate it doesn't get the same attention as its popular siblings up the road (Cottesloe, Grant St etc) but that's the beauty of the place. It's quiet, safe and the 'intense-metre' has been dialled down to near zero. Swanbourne beach is where you go to wash away all of life's stresses.

Swanbourne Beach
Looking north at dusk past the Surf Club

There's more than just the opportunity to get wet. A couple of kms north of the main beach (approx half way to City Beach) is a popular fishing spot called 'Swanbourne drain' where the tailor run rampant in season. For free and easy folk, the nude beach is accessible via a short stroll from the car park. No need to pack anything (clothes included!)

Fishing at Swanbourne Drain
Thanks to my sister Laura for this happy snap, and brother (come model) George for his skills with the rod

Leave the ego at home and go for a body surf at my favourite Perth beach. Did I mention the sunsets? Pictures speak a thousand words.

Sunset at Swanbourne Beach
You can't tell me we don't live in the best country in the world

2. Leighton Dog Beach

Where: Directly opposite the old train bridge on Curtin Avenue
Why: It's dog friendly, flat and damn good fun!

Run a line from the old train bridge (a beautiful monument by the way) to the water and it splits a dog and people beach. Pooch owners are spoilt with a flat, expansive sand area that is perfect for running mans best friend ragged. But you don't have to be a dog owner to enjoy this beach. Did I mention it's a damn fun place to hang out? It may be a mini hive of animal activity but I've found the dogs to be well behaved and they tend to keep out of your way. All that's left to do is roll out the towel and people-watch with as much or little attention as you please.

Leighton Dog Beach
To the right

Try a stroll or jog north to the rocks (the point where you can't go any further). It's roughly 1.8km and the flat landscape means there is no risk of rolled ankles. If you spot a cute puppy along the way, most dog owners won't mind if you stop for a pat.

Aerial Shot of Leighton Beach
Long flat sandy stretch

On a windy afternoon the sky changes from beach blue to multi-coloured as thrill seekers launch their kites and take off on the Freo Doctor.

Beach Action
Spot the yoga

3. City Beach

Where: To the left or right of Clancy's Fish Pub on Challenger Parade
Why: The grass area set just back from the beach gives this place a special dimension, picnic perfect.

In at number three is City Beach. Not only does this beach have sweet waves (rolling in from just off the groynes) but it's most suitable for a Sunday afternoon picnic with family and friends. There are large, well-shaded grass areas where you can lob for the arvo with an esky and some nibbles. Chances are the group next to you will have brought the tunes so don't worry about packing the sound blaster. In between chats the water beckons only a stones throw away.

City Beach Grassed Area
A view from the grass

There is a development underway down at City Beach that includes a new Surf Club, three restaurants and additional grass areas. If living the high life is more your style then don't be shy of hopping on a window seat at Clancy's for a pint of cider and some chish and fips.

Stormy City Beach
Crazy stormy City Beach (not the norm don't worry)

Lastly I'd like to give my football club a quick plug - West Coast Amateurs. Across the road from City Beach there is no better place to play footy. New lights have been installed and it's the friendliest club going around. Swim after training anyone?
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Your Comment
That purple sky is gorgeous.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2837 days ago
I loved the idea but you have it all wrong. Having grown up in Perth beaches (Trigg was exceptional and has to be my number 2), the best metro beach is definitely Rockingham's beach inc Palm Beach. Yes it really is in the Perth Metro area! You can swim, dive, SUB(stand up board), eat and shop without moving your car. And if you can't live without surf, Waikiki to Secret Harbour is superb. If u r into kayaking and some serious diving then Point Peron is your spot and Safety Bay for kite-boarding. If you have visitors then you can visit penguins via a short walk or a boat ride across the water or take a dolphin boat tour...or just sit on rocky beach and wait for them to swim past.... All this within minutes. Yes uou definitely have it wrong.
by onami (score: 0|2) 2832 days ago
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