SUNSET COAST Where the sea turns to gold - The Sunset Coast encompasses the glorious coastline of metropolitan Perth from Cottesloe up to Two Rocks and the hinterland of Joondalup andWanneroo.
City Beach is a regular winner of the prestigious ‘Best Beach’ award in Western Australia - an accolade for which the competition is very hot, indeed. Whether you want to go swimming, jogging or just sunbathing, this charming, clean and quiet spot is heavenly. There’s also Swanbourne , and Scarborough, and the peaceful, relaxing Floreat Beach , where the pure white sand is great for swimming, fishing or a run along the water’s edge. In fact, the Sunset Coast’s world-class beaches extend all the way to Lancelin , 125 kilometres north of the city. For perfect family friendly beaches why not go alfresco with a BBQ at Mullaloo or a picnic at Sorrento ? All kinds of seaside fun Along the Sunset Coast there’s a lot to do near all our brilliant beaches. At Scarborough and Cottesloe and others, the Western Australian outdoor culture is vibrantly on show, with alfresco cafes and restaurants offering great atmosphere to accompany the great vistas. There are extensive walking and cycling trails hugging the beaches, allowing you to take-in both the dazzling views and the fresh, ocean air. Along the coast, you can dive into every imaginable water sport, from yachting to windsurfing, from deep sea fishing to jet boating, from body boarding to kitesurfing, from snorkelling to scuba. With a stunning marina setting boasting a waterpark, aquarium, a marine discovery centre, sheltered beach and a huge array
of shopping and dining, it’s easy to see why Hillarys Boat Harbour is one of Western Australia’s top tourist attractions. Here, and at Ocean Reef , there are also public boat launching facilities. The northern edge of the Sunset Coast, the little fishing village of Lancelin, is famous for its world-class water sports and sand-boarding. Natural treasures to discover Further inland, the Sunset Coast region presents many fascinating opportunities In Joondalup, you’ll find walk trails through native bushland where kangaroos and wild birds watch you go by. There’s also one of Australia’s finest golf courses here which is regularly visited by the local wildlife. The beautiful bush setting of Yanchep National Park features a koala sanctuary, amazing limestone caves and educational experiences of Aboriginal culture. The beauty of this diverse region is that whatever kind of Western Australian experience you desire, from relaxing beach to thrilling action and uplifting nature, you’ll be able to find it close by. You can also choose from all kinds of accommodation here, from hotels to serviced apartments to B&Bs to backpacker hostels to leafy caravan parks and camping sites. On the following pages, we’ll take a journey up through the three distinctive districts that make up the Sunset Coast. to experience natural Australian environments close to the city.
The evening sun dipping spectacularly into the Indian Ocean gives this region its evocative name, and it’s a sight you can enjoy daily, from any number of picturesque locations. While the beaches and facilities are inviting, and the weather is exceptional, it’s rarely crowded. This area enjoys a wealth of open space that contributes to a wonderful sense of relaxation and freedom. Getting around the region is easy, with an excellent road system that puts great beaches a short drive from the city centre, and the northern limits no more than an hour away. Most places are also accessible by bus or train. Endless, beautiful beaches During the warm, dry summer months from December to February, daily temperatures average 31°C, with warm evenings and little rainfall. Combine those conditions with 50 kilometres of metropolitan coastline, and the Sunset Coast is the ultimate destination for sun worshippers. Everyone will find a beach here to fall in love with. Hire a car, ride a bike, catch a bus or join a tour to explore them. They’re well maintained, and they’re all open to the public all year round, free of charge. Many have public barbecues and children’s playgrounds. Cottesloe - ‘Cott’ to the locals - is one of Perth’s premier summer locations. Its pristine white beach is great for swimming, and it also has beautiful, elevated grassed areas overlooking the beach, lots of shade from the summer sun, and a huge choice of cool cafes and restaurants.
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