Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach boasts one of Perth’s most iconic shorelines, known for its crystal clear waters, 1.5km stretch of soft white sand and large shady Norfolk pines stretching along the beaches uniquely tiered grassed area, popular for picnics. Easily identifiable by its 100m long groyne to the south and central beachfront Indiana building, this beach draws in people from all over Perth, being particularly popular among swimmers and snorkelers.

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Water 18°
UV Rating 3
Cottesloe Beach

Beach Patrol

There are currently no beach patrols operational at this beach. Surf Life Saving Club patrols will re-commence later in the year. In the meantime, for up to date information around beach closures and safety, follow us on twitter

Ongoing Hazards

Submerged Objects

Strong Currents

Heavy Shorebreak

Drop off

Cottesloe Beach is home to the birthplace of Surf Life Saving in WA, with Cottesloe SLSC being the first West Australian club to be established in 1909. This Beach is patrolled by two clubs, Cottesloe and North Cottesloe SLSC.

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Free public shower, change room and toilet facilities are located under the Indiana Teahouse building for all visitors. If you’re looking for something to eat, there are a wide array of dine-in and takeaway food venues along the foreshore of Cottesloe Beach, which is all very popular and busy during the summer months.

The shorefront of Cottesloe Beach hosts the annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition every March, attracting thousands of tourists and art lovers every year and turning the foreshore into a unique outdoor art gallery.

If you choose to drive to Cottesloe Beach, keep in mind parking can be limited during busy Summer periods. Parking bay options include:

  • The centrally located Marine Parade carpark: 150 free bays (3-hour limit)
  • Intersection of Marine Parade and Napier Street carpark: 350 free bays (3-hour limit)
  • The western end of Napier Street carpark: 130 free bays and areas for verge parking.
  • The western end of Forrest Street carpark: 130 free bays.
  • Marine Parade: 600 free verge bays

If you choose to catch the train, Cottesloe Beach is only a 1km walk from Cottesloe Station, alternatively the Cott CAT (bus) runs hourly from station to shore in summer. There are many bus’s that drop off close to this beach, plan your journey now via the Transperth Journey planner.

Beach Information

Swimming Info

Crystal clear waters and consistent swell make Cottesloe a regular hangout for swimmers, while the rocks and reefs invite snorkelers to explore the water too.
The more protected southern corner usually has lower waves and weak currents and is popular with families and children.
During winter and higher waves rips usually commence about 100 m up the beach together with permanent rips against the reefs. The reefs, in particular, induce stronger currents and deeper rip channels and should be avoided by swimmers.

Surfing Info

Cottesloe Beach has a fairly exposed beach/groyne break that has very consistent surf all year round. Waves are best during times of offshore winds from the E/SE at the beach break both left and right, however, this area can get quite crowded. The waves are best for keen surfers south of the Arch Monument
Cottesloe’s gentle waves are popular with less experienced riders. Surf lesson facilities are available at the local family-owned surf school ‘Surfing Lessons Cottesloe’ for those wanting to improve their skills safely and under the supervision of professionals.