Perth Beaches and Coastline
During the warm, dry, summer months from December to February, daily temperatures average 31°C, with warm evenings and a little rainfall. Combine those conditions with 50 kilometers of metropolitan coastline, and the Sunset Coast is the ultimate destination for sun worshipers.
Everyone will find a beach here to fall in love with - they're well maintained and open to the public all year round, free of charge. Many have public barbecues and picnic areas, children's playgrounds and fantastic opportunities for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, kite surfing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Perth’s most popular beaches include:
Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth's premier summer locations. Its pristine white beach is great for swimming and it also has beautiful, elevated grassed areas overlooking the beach and a huge choice of cool cafes and restaurants. Scarborough Beach is well served by public transport. Once you're done surfing, sunbathing and swimming spend a relaxing hour or two at one of the many cafés or bars overlooking the ocean.
Kings Park & Perth City
Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and is visited by over 6 million people each year. It showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and is a popular place for picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.
Kings Park's stunning location overlooks the city and the silken blue waters of the Swan River. From high above, you can see the brilliantly coloured sails of boats on the river, the twinkling lights of the city, the distant Perth Hills and the endless blue skies for which Perth is so renowned.
The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and features both cultivated gardens and untamed bushland. You can picnic on grassy lawns, take a jog through the bushland or attend one of the summer outdoor concerts under the stars. Children are also catered for with a number of excellent playgrounds suitable for children of all ages.
One way to enjoy the best of the region is to embark on the award-winning 32km Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. The loop trail is well signposted and takes you past more than 40 wineries, boutique breweries, restaurants, cafes and roadside stalls and leads you through the outstanding array of galleries and heritage sites.
The chances of you wanting to sample some, or indeed all of the area's wines are quite high so the perfect option is to join a wine tasting tour where you will be transported from winery to winery and not have to concern yourself about who will do the driving.
Alternatively, you can take a wine cruise from the city on the Swan River, after which the valley is named. Beerlovers will be delighted to know that there is more to the region than just wine. The Swan Valley has five boutique beer outlets, including several microbreweries offering a wide selection of more than 20 varieties of beer to tempt the palate and two German-style cafes serving their own brews with hearty, beer friendly fare.
The Swan Valley is renowned for its mouth watering food with good reason. Today there are more than 70 restaurants and cafes in the valley, along with companies making fresh nougat, chocolate, coffee, ice cream and honey on the premises. Foodie education experiences are also available; pair local wines with chocolate, match a Swan Valley drop with artisan cheese from around the world, take a cheese-making class or barista course or an asparagus masterclass in season.
Perth's vibrant multiculturalism is particularly evident in its food scene. And seafood plays an important role too, caught fresh from the dazzling waters of the nearby Indian Ocean. Explore one of the four wine regions within an hour of Perth, each bursting with flavor, unique produce tasting experiences and dining options.
Eat out here and you'll find the warm climate makes for sensational al fresco dining. Tables and chairs spill onto sidewalks where people congregate with glasses of wine, delectable foods and good company. Perth's natural attractions also add to its dining pleasure. You can dine by the river - particularly beautiful at night as the city lights dance across the water's surface - or by the ocean with the fresh sea air in your lungs, the sun in your face and colorful crowds passing by.