Burns Beach

Burns Beach is a firm favourite with families as it is just 30 minutes north from Perth on the Mitchell Freeway. You can even get here by train to Joondalup and then by local bus in less than an hour.

Burns is a sheltered 2 km beach backed by white calcarenite cliffs reaching 10-15m in height. Steps lead down from the Foreshore Lookout to the sandy beach below.

It’s popular for swimming and snorkelling within the protected waters of Marmion Marine Park.  There is a reef towards the south end about 500-1000 m offshore which keeps the waves lower at that end.

Burns Beach is a great spot to see dolphins, sea lions, rays and plenty more marine life from the lookout points. Interpretive signs provide more interesting info about local flora and fauna and the history of the area.

Relax on the white sands, walk along the coastal path enjoying the views or sit on top of the limestone cliffs and enjoy the sunset. The cliffs are home to nesting seabirds as well as being a popular place for hang-gliding!

The café is a great place to dine Oceanside. The beach has free access and has a car park on top of the bluffs and toilets but it is not patrolled. It is good for fishing for herring and silver skippy (trevally), either from the groyne or at the north end of the beach.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

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