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Meelup Beach, Australia

What makes a great family beach? And where is the best family beach in Western Australia?

Family beach requirements are clear pristine shallow water, with lifeguards to monitor water safety is a definite plus. Sand castle building is important as the magic of constructing a moat, sticks of driftwood and decorated with shells is very satisfying for all age groups. And then family members get to take a selfie for bragging rights about the best sandcastle ever. Facilities such as toilets, perhaps a cafe within walking distance and shade made for comfort and families can plan an entire day for picnics or a snooze in the afternoon.

Your family fun beach must be sheltered from big ocean swells, ideally have a playground and seated areas making the beach a fun, cheap outdoor entertainment.

Essential equipment includes a bucket and spade, towels, sun hats and sunscreen, changes of clothing, sunnies (protect the eyes), water and picnic snacks and flip flops (jangles) for beach walking.

 

When is the best time to visit?

Between March to May and Late August to September, which makes for a great destination for all those eastern seaboard shivering in a nippy autumn breeze. Let’s get Melbourne and Sydney locals to visit Western Australia and support the area with their visitor dollars. June to July are the coldest months with an average temperature of 12c.

What to see and do

CITY BEACH. Location Perth approximately 15 minutes from city centre.

Excellent facilities and two purpose-built groynes to provide both safe swimming for family members as an opportunity for the angler in the family to fish make City Beach a popular Perth destination. There are regular surf life saving carnivals which are fun to watch with supporters enthusiastically cheering competing lifeguards.

Facts

  • The superb facilities include a children’s playground, BBQ and picnic tables, toilets and fresh water shower change rooms. There is also an outside shower to rinse children.
  • Patrolled by lifeguards

COTTESLOE BEACH. Picturesque and close to Perth, Cottesloe Beach is a great beach to visit when you are short of time for out of town drives. Cottesloe Beach is a Perth icon with over 1km of pure white sand inviting you to kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the warm sand. As it is close to Perth, similar to City Beach is it popular with Perth local families wanting to snorkel or swim. Cottesloe Beach features in a million Instagram photos and is part and parcel of Tourism Western Australia promotions. This should not detract from its grassed terraces and contrasting white sand justifying its status as the Perth beach known by visitors.

As with any hot visitor destination there are a number of cafes and restaurants that make it a popular place for a day at the beach. At the south end of the beach, there are a few shady shelters on the sand, but you’ll have to get there early to score a spot under the shade. Due to the beach’s popularity you are advised to arrive early to obtain a shaded spot under the shelters positioned at the edges of the beach.

Facts

  • There are toilets, changing rooms with an outdoor shower, playgrounds and picnic areas.
  • The beach is patrolled by lifeguards.

HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR BEACH AND PRECINCTLocation Perth suburb, 25 minutes from Perth city centre. A slick visitor destination with a weekend growers market, water park entertainment (admission fee), sheltered beach complete with a pontoon and slide. There are shade sails on the beach together with a playground located on the sandy beach. Adjacent to Hillarys Boat Beach is Sorrento Beach where a shark net has been installed. While the slick urban vibe of Hillarys and Sorrento might not appeal to all families its location makes for an easy destination for Perth visitors. South of the beach is addition picnic and BBQ areas and large car parks.

Facts

  • Toilets, change rooms, outdoor showers, cafes, playgrounds
  • The beach is patrolled by lifeguards.

YANCHEP LAGOON. 45 minutes from Perth city centre, 56km. Reef swimming within the lagoon is an exceptional experience, ideally you are visiting at low tide. High tide does have waves breaking over the reef and can be hazardous to swim in the deep 50 m wide channel as there is a permanent rip. Children can practice their snorkeling techniques and there are designed places along the beach for fishing. Yanchep is a popular weekend destination for Perth locals making it sometimes crowded at low tide. The Rockingham Foreshore has an attractive park for families, making it a spot you can spend the whole day by the beach. The Pirate Playground is a popular feature located in the foreshore park too. The beach is backed by 15 m high bluffs, a large blufftop car park and kiosk. There are wooden steps to the beach, younger children might require assistance to navigate the sandy steps.

Yanchep National Park is a bonus with its wild koalas.

Facts

  • Visit at low tide and include reef shoes to protect your feet from the sharp coral / rocky bottom.
  • Toilet facilities with change rooms, kiosk located in the large bluff carpark.
  • The beach is patrolled by lifeguards.

MEELUP BEACHincluding point peron, naturaliste. The requisite white fine sands, shallow blue waters with easy access to the sandy beach. There is an opportunity for rock climbing and adventures exploring rock pools.  Shade from trees and the adjacent toilet and BBQ facilities make for family fun. The beach is part of the Point Piquet area where the whale watching platform is an attraction during winter months. The platform is distance is approximately 1km from the beach.

Point Peron is surrounded by the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. There are boat launching facilities available. Perhaps you could spend a day cruising the waters dolphin spotting. In the late afternoon it is a popular area for instagram sunset selfies.

Point Peron sits near the causeway to the naval support facility on Garden Island. For history buffs there is the World War II landmark gun lookout.

Point Person is about an hour’s drive south of Perth.

Facts

  • The beach is not always patrolled by lifeguards.

Bonus

  • A bonus attraction is Meelup Beach is not far from the Busselton Jetty.
  • Just 30 minutes drive for Jetty fans,  a perfect place for a selfie moment against the Busselton Jetty.

MIDDLETON BEACH is a favourite family beach destination with 5km of white sands and safe swimming. The beach is sheltered from the ocean swells by King George headlands. There is a jetty, a boardwalk, cafes and changing facilities making Middleton a perfect place for family trips to the beach. Emu Point is located a few kilometres north-east of Albany City Centre The Point itself is a rocky groyne with views over King George Sound and the northern portion of Middleton Beach.

A highlight of Middleton Beach is the pontoon out in the bay for the swimmers, in the family to use as a diving or jumping platform. At the southern end of the beach is Ellen Cove and a boardwalk for family members needing to stretch their legs.  For inspiration about where to in the area check out Albany beaches map for ideas about your next visit to Albany. Albany is a great weekend break for Perth locals.

Facts

  • Toilets and change rooms are easily accessible.
  • The beach is patrolled
Travel Pack Information

SAFETY: Remember to check out Popular Perth WA Beaches and Surf Clubs for up to date information around tides, patrols and weather forecasts.

The journey is worth it.

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