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City Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
City Beach which includes a beach and general coastal views

Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.

City Beach, as its name suggests, is the closest beach to the central business district (CBD) of Perth, Australia’s fourth-largest city. Somehow, City Beach still manages to retain a natural and relaxed look and feel, and happens to be a great swimming beach as well.

The small, vegetation-covered dunes that line the beach contrast nicely with the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. As you gaze out to sea and hear the lapping waves and shrieks of the seagulls, it is hard to imagine that 2 million people go about their daily lives just behind those dunes.

Take your shoes off and take a walk along the beach to tune out the stresses of city life and tune in to the calming rhythms of the ocean. If it’s a warm day, jump in the water for a swim. The City Beach Surf Life Saving Club has been running since 1924 and its well-trained lifesavers still dutifully patrol the beach today.

City Beach’s low waves are kind to beginner surfers and thanks to the steady sea breezes here, kite surfing is also very popular.

Treat yourself to a meal at one of the restaurants or cafés near the beach, with everything from a quick fish ’n’ chips to evening-long fine dining available. Or, pack a picnic or bring something for the barbecue to make the most of the shady seaside park and its free facilities, which include a kids’ playground.

Walk off your lunch with a stroll along the boardwalk to neighbouring Floreat Beach. Keep watch for birds that live amongst the dunes. If you are lucky you might spot a snake or lizard basking in the sun.

Find a café or restaurant with ocean views and sit back with a glass of Margaret River wine as the sky lights up with ever-changing bursts of colours as the sun sets to the west.

City Beach is less than 30 minutes from the CBD by car. There are several free places to park your car and it’s also easy to come here by public transport. The beach is accessible 24/7 and its visitors’ facilities include toilets, showers and change rooms.

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Top Hotels Close to City Beach

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
5 out of 5
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
The price is ¥11,751 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of HBF Stadium and Claremont Showgrounds. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay very much and would recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
The Gums, Garden Apartment
The Gums, Garden Apartment
Perth, WA
Located in City Beach, this golf apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Floreat Beach and City Beach. Scarborough Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Beautiful scenery
"Had a lovely long weekend stay. Both Viv and Chris were very welcoming and helpful. The location was perfect for a fishing getaway and the backdrop of the garden to wake up to was amazing. Thank you for the stay. Adam"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

The Gums, Garden Apartment
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Perth, WA
Located in Wembley Downs, this vacation home is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Scarborough Beach and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from City Beach. Floreat Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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City Beach


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Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
5 out of 5
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
The price is ¥11,751 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
The Gums, Garden Apartment
The Gums, Garden Apartment
Perth, WA
The Gums, Garden Apartment
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Perth, WA
Set for Summer Beach and Pool
Ocean Views ALL Day, AND Fall Asleep TO THE Sound OF THE Waves AT Night
Ocean Views ALL Day, AND Fall Asleep TO THE Sound OF THE Waves AT Night
Perth, WA
Ocean Views ALL Day, AND Fall Asleep TO THE Sound OF THE Waves AT Night
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If you are Chasing the Perfect get Away- It's Here
Perth, WA
If you are Chasing the Perfect get Away- It's Here
Beach Oasis
Beach Oasis
Perth, WA
Beach Oasis
Quest Scarborough
Quest Scarborough
4.5 out of 5
4 Brighton Road, Scarborough, WA
The price is ¥15,224 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Quest Scarborough
UrbanStyle Claremont Apartment
UrbanStyle Claremont Apartment
3.5 out of 5
29B Strickland Street, Mount Claremont, WA
UrbanStyle Claremont Apartment
Spacious 5 Bed Home Close To Cottesloe Beach
Spacious 5 Bed Home Close To Cottesloe Beach
3.5 out of 5
Strickland Street, Mount Claremont, WA
Spacious 5 Bed Home Close To Cottesloe Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.