Western Australia’s coastline is over 10 thousand kilometres long and is home to hundreds of beautiful bays, beaches and pretty coastal towns. As Western Australia is so huge, the coastal terrain and temperatures vary from scorching sunshine in the day and cooler temperatures at night in the near tropical north, to more stable but still warm temperatures of the south, which reach an average of 32⁰C in summer. Wherever you travel to on the Western Australian coast you’re pretty much guaranteed lovely weather, beautiful scenery and your pick of pristine beaches.
Cable Beach, Broome
Broome is located in the north of Western Australia and is home to one of the state’s best-loved beaches, Cable Beach. The beach takes its name from the telegraph cable which was laid between Broome and Java in Indonesia in 1889, which connected this part of Western Australia with the rest of the world. Today Cable Beach is known for its stunning sunsets and, rather unusually, its camel rides. A trip to Cable Beach at sunset will leave you dazzled as the sun appears to burn up the sky and its fiery glow is reflected for miles across the low tide. Camels were introduced to Western Australia in the late 1800s for transportation and to help with the gold mining boom in the area. Now, visitors to the area can experience the 22 kilometres of whheriite sand and clear turquoise water from the back of one of these magnificent animals as part of the regular camel safaris available at Cable Beach.
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Turquoise Bay is one of the many bays of Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage site, which is loved by snorkelers of all levels as the much of the reef is fully accessible from the beach, which means visitors can be in amongst the marine life within minutes. At Turquoise Bay, the beautiful white sand leads into a lagoon of clear turquoise water and beyond this is a coral reef which teems with marine life. The beach is often quite quiet, mainly because there are so many beautiful bays in the area for tourists to visit, so it’s the perfect place to relax in between exploring the reef.
Named after the seaside town in North Yorkshire, Scarborough, WA, couldn’t be more different from its English namesake. Scarborough is actually a suburb of Perth and is a great place to visit for some fun in the sun during a city break. Scarborough beach is ideal for people watching, enjoying the sunshine (bring an umbrella as temperatures can be unbearable out of the shade during summer) and taking in the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Scarborough’s promenade comes alive at night with the bars and restaurants which shoulder the beach or you can bring your own food and drink and enjoy a BBQ on one of the spacious grassed areas.
Rottnest Island, Perth
Rottnest Island has been a prime relaxation destination for Perth residents for over 100 years and is an ideal day trip destination from the csnority as the island is just off Fremantle which is around 20km south of Perth. The island may only be 19 square kilometres but it is home to some breathtakingly beautiful bays and beaches. The Basin is one of the most popular locations for a swim on the island as it’s a large ‘hole’ in the reef which is easily accessed from the beach and is a similar size to a swimming pool. Another highlight of Rottnest Island is Salmon Bay which has wonderful snorkelling conditions, clear blue water and clean white sand.
Yallingup Beach, Margaret River
The Margaret River region of Western Australia is about a two hour drive south of Perth and is well-known for its wineries and beautiful bays. Yallingup is one of many cute seaside towns in the region which offer exceptional food and wine, along with beautiful woodland and coastal scenery. The long beach at Yallingup is outstanding due to the soft white sand and the sunset views which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine from a local winery. There’s plenty to do with fishing, snorkelling, surfing and swimming; the lagoon at the southern end of the bay is a particularly lovely spot for a swim.
Sarah Stewart is a travel and lifestyle blogger who writes regularly for the website South Beach Official which specializes in affordable and fashionable swimwear.