On calm days, it's like a turquoise paddling pool with some of Perth's best snorkelling – think mottled reef with swaying seaweeds and similarly coloured fish. Avoid the water, particularly the outer reef, during rough weather as it has proven dangerous in the past. There's a wheelchair-accessible path leading to a beach shelter and another to the sand.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Perth attractions

1. Trigg Beach

0.83 MILES

Good surf, with a hardcore group of locals who come out when the surf's up; dangerous when rough and prone to rips – always swim between the flags. Middle…

2. Scarborough Beach

1.95 MILES

This is a popular young surfers' spot, so be sure to swim between the flags, as waves can be powerful. A $100-million revitalisation of the beachfront has…

3. Aquarium of Western Australia

3.04 MILES

Dividing WA's vast coastline into five distinct zones (Far North, Coral Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Perth and Great Southern), AQWA features a 98m underwater…

4. Floreat Beach


A generally uncrowded beach, but waves can be on the dumpy side. There's decent swimming, surfing, a cafe, playground and a grassy, free BBQ area. Catch…

5. City Beach

4.74 MILES

Offers swimming, surfing, lawn and amenities. Following a significant redevelopment, there are two restaurants (we like Odyssea) and a pizzeria, public…

6. Lake Monger

6.47 MILES

In spring black swans and their cygnets waddle about the grounds – a meeting place for local birdlife – nonplussed by joggers circling the lake on the…

8. Scitech

7.62 MILES

Scitech is an excellent rainy-day option for those travelling with children. It has over 160 hands-on, large-scale science and technology exhibits…