Since then the Scarboro lifesavers have rescued several thousand people, and performed almost 50% of all rescues in Western Australia, including a famous mass rescue in 1936. During this time Scarborough has developed from dune wasteland, into one of Perth’s most exclusive beachfront suburbs.
The Scarboro Surf Club has extensive parking behind and a picnic area and foredune between it and the beach, with an elevated landscaped walkway extending north of the club. A patrol tower in front of the club provides lifesavers with a good view of the surf.
This 2.5 km section of beach is slightly more hazardous than its southern and northern neighbours owing to the occurrence of higher waves, coupled with its popularity. The higher waves both break more heavily on the bar, and are more likely to produce rips which in turn scour rip channels across the bar every 100-200 m. The car park at the end of Brighton Road is a popular spot to check for surf.