Scarborough Beach

Only 20 minutes from the city centre, Scarborough Beach is a firm Perth favourite attracting swimmers, body boarders and surfers thanks to a regular swell. Established in 1928, the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club carries out weekend patrols.

Weather 21°
Water 20°
UV Rating 3

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

Beach Rips

Shallow Sandbars

Strong Currents

Following the drowning of six individuals in 1916, life saving patrols began on the beach that year and continued until the establishment of the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club.

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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.

Beach Information

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Swimming Info

The patrolled area offers the safest swimming areas. Care should be taken at Scarborough, as waves are usually bigger and rips more persistent and stronger. Always stay between the flags, on the bar and close inshore.

Surfing Info

The best beach breaks are amongst the higher waves at the Scarborough end of the beach.

This endpoint has been retired