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Cottesloe Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Cottesloe Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and a house

Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.

Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s best places to spend a hot summer’s day. It has excellent swimming and surfing conditions and clear water. It’s a great beach for families, thanks to its facilities and Surf Life Saving Club. Grab a towel, put on some sunscreen and hit the waves.

Cottesloe became a popular spot to cool off in the late 19th century and its reputation hasn’t changed. The surf is consistent and the water temperature above 70 F (21 C) for most of the year.

For surfing, find the best breaks south of the Arch Monument, with its huge stone Sundial, or paddle a little further out. Swimmers will find that the swells are gentler closer to the iconic Indiana bistro building.

Travelers with younger children should head south to the Groyne. You’ll find a sheltered pocket perfect for a quiet splash. See if you can spot Rottnest Island in the distance and visit the Vlamingh Memorial, named after the Dutch explorer who named the Rottnest.

Bring along a fishing rod and drop a line from the pier for a chance to catch whiting or bream. Rent some snorkeling gear and admire the marine life around the protected Cottesloe Reef system. If you look closely you may even spot weed-like sea dragons among the waving seagrass!

Find shade under a tall Norfolk pine tree or sit back on the grassy lawns and gaze out at the Indian Ocean while you enjoy a picnic. For fresh seafood and snacks, check out Marine Parade along the beach. At sunset, enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail in a local pub.

If you happen to be in Perth in mid-March, don’t miss the annual Sculpture by the Sea event on this beach.

Cottesloe Beach is about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from central Perth. Take public transport or drive there and park for free along Marine Parade. In summer, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards until the early evening. Always swim between the flags, which mark the safest swimming spot.

Top things to do in Cottesloe Beach

Top Hotels Close to Cottesloe Beach

Ocean Beach Hotel
Ocean Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥8,290 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Located in Cottesloe, this beach hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cottesloe Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Claremont Showgrounds. City Beach and Kings Park and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Ocean Beach Hotel
Cottesloe Beach Chalets
Cottesloe Beach Chalets
3.5 out of 5
6 John Street, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥16,937 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Located in Cottesloe, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Leighton Beach and Port Beach are also within 3 mi (5 ...
3.8/5Good! (91 reviews)
"Excellent location, clean and great for families. Will stay again."

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Cottesloe Beach Chalets
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥13,945 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cottesloe hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Leighton Beach and Port Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (155 reviews)
"Watching the sunset going down on the ocean,was beautiful.The hive of activity in the street was great. The room was small and expensive,Could’ve booked into the Rendezvous hotel in Scarborough for less and got the same view."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Cottesloe Beach Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Cottesloe Beach

Ocean Beach Hotel
Ocean Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥8,290 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Ocean Beach Hotel
Cottesloe Beach Chalets
Cottesloe Beach Chalets
3.5 out of 5
6 John Street, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥16,937 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
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Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe, WA
The price is ¥13,945 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
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Cottesloe Beachfront Luxury Ocean View Apartment Ideal for Couple and Children
Cottesloe Beachfront Luxury Ocean View Apartment Ideal for Couple and Children
Perth, WA
Cottesloe Beachfront Luxury Ocean View Apartment Ideal for Couple and Children
Location! Location! 1 min to Cottesloe Beach
Location! Location! 1 min to Cottesloe Beach
Perth, WA
Location! Location! 1 min to Cottesloe Beach
Cottesloe Sea Bliss
Cottesloe Sea Bliss
3.5 out of 5
7 Napier Street, Cottesloe, WA
Cottesloe Sea Bliss
Cottesloe Marine Apartment
Cottesloe Marine Apartment
3.5 out of 5
6/7 Napier Street, Cottesloe, WA
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Cottesloe Aqua Retreat - Executive Escapes
Cottesloe Aqua Retreat - Executive Escapes
3.5 out of 5
11 Warnham Rd, Cottesloe, WA
Cottesloe Aqua Retreat - Executive Escapes
Gold Sands Beach Apartment
Gold Sands Beach Apartment
3.5 out of 5
12/152 Marine Parade, Cottesloe, WA
Gold Sands Beach Apartment
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.