Fans of Scarborough Beach claim it’s the “best white sand surf beach in the world”! It certainly delivers some of Perth’s best surf breaks with epic waves at times.
Located 20 minutes northwest of Perth city centre, and on a regular bus route, it’s easy to reach. Once there, this beautiful beach has oodles of things to do including swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, fishing, basketball shooting (there’s a half court on the beachfront), windsurfing, kitesurfing (afternoons are best for breezes) and interacting with wildlife.
Dune hollows are perfect for sunbathing away from the crowds and the beachfront promenade area is great for skating, picnics and people-watching. There are plenty of cafés, a car park, toilets and shops. The beach bar is a popular hangout with locals and is a great place for enjoying the sunset after a day of sand and surf.
The ocean can be chilly but swimmers and youngsters can make use of the geothermal open-air public pool complex nearby.
Scarborough Beach is the location of the Australian Rubber Inflatable Boat (RIB) Championships when the local Surf Life Saving Club generally hoover up most of the medals! Naturally, the beach is manned by said Surf Life Savers. There’s an advisory flag system so you should swim between the flags and stay out of the water when the red flags are flying (or when there are no flags at all).
Nearby, you’ll find 1.6km beachfront parks and walkways including a climbing wall and skatepark.
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