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City Beach Perth Guide 2023

City Beach is one of the best beaches in Perth, Western Australia. This white sand beach offers a wide range of activities such as swimming, surfing, and fishing and is home to several restaurants and cafes.

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City Beach Location

City Beach is the closest beach to Perth, 10 km from the city.

International and domestic visitors will fly into Perth Airport. Find details about visas, prohibited items, currency, and safety in this Australia Travel Guide and tips on arriving into WA and other essential travel information in this Western Australia Travel Guide.

There are car hire booths at Perth airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental.

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How to get to City Beach

City Beach is a 15-minute drive from Perth city. Several buses travel between Perth and City Beach. Use the Transperth Planner to plan your journey.

If driving, there’s a large car park with free parking.

City Beach Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Changing Rooms
  • BBQS
  • Picnic Tables
  • Volleyball Nets (summer only)
white lifeguard tower on city beach with people in the ocean

Things to do at City Beach

City Beach Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach in the summer, performing rescues and first aid each summer season. The tower at the end of the southern groyne provides additional surveillance.

The two purpose-built groynes block large waves from the main area, making it ideal for inexperienced swimmers most days. The groynes are also great for fishing off.

The waves here are low, making it ideal for beginner surfers, but in winter, the surf breaks at the groynes are popular and can be crowded. Watch out for rips.

The beach is 500m long with a large grassed area, perfect for picnics, bbqs, and watching the sunset.

City Beach is family-friendly with a playground, child-friendly restaurants, and a grassed area to play.

aerial view of a groyn on a sandy beach
City Beach, Perth by Tourism Western Australia

A list of things to do at City Beach:

  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Picnic
  • Watch the sunset
  • Play beach volleyball (summer only)
  • Walk along the coastal path
  • Hire an electric scooter
  • Take the kids to the playground
  • Dine or have a drink at one of the restaurants
restaurant overlooking the beach with outdoor seating on white bar stools and wooden high tables
Hamptons City Beach

City Beach Restaurants & Bars

There are a few restaurants that line the beach to choose from. Clancy’s Fish Bar is laid back with a fun vibe attracting a young crowd and families. The stylish Hamptons is perfect for couples and friends looking for a sophisticated venue with incredible beach views. Odyssea has something for everyone, from coffees to a fine wine while watching the sunset.

Best Time to Visit City Beach

The best time to visit City Beach for water activities is from November to March, when Perth’s weather is warm. Head to the beach in the morning before the sea breeze hits the shore as it can be extremely windy, and the sand whips you! The ocean is at its warmest at the beginning of March and coldest in September.

The shoulder seasons of autumn and spring are nice for beach walks, cycling, and enjoying the local food and drink scene.

undercover area of restaurant overlooking the beach with wooden floors and green umbrellas
Odyssea City Beach

City Beach Accommodation

Have you booked accommodation?

We use Booking.com for most accommodation bookings as they offer free cancellation on many properties and have a price match guarantee. We book through Stayz (part of VRBO) for private accommodation as we find it is often cheaper than Airbnb.

Tip: Accommodation gets booked quickly, especially during the WA school holidays. To avoid disappointment, book early.

City Beach is an upmarket residential area, so there aren’t any hotels in the suburb. However, Scarborough Beach is only five minutes away by car.

See this Scarborough Beach guide to find out the best places to stay.

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Scarborough Beach

Beach Dangers in Perth

Let’s be clear: many dangers face visitors to most beaches worldwide, not just in Perth. No tourist has been attacked by a shark in WA. Although they do happen, it is extremely rare. Sharks have attacked a few people each year, but over one hundred die from drowning over the same period.

Non-tropical marine stingers, such as the Bluebottle (Physalia) or Hair Jelly (Cyanea), are usually found south of Geraldton (including Perth). Their stingers are not generally life-threatening but can cause discomfort if you get stung.

The number one danger on Perth beaches are rips and, on average, are responsible for nineteen deaths annually. Read this guide from Surf Lifesaving on spotting a rip and getting out of one. It could save your life.

Stick to patrolled beaches, never swim/snorkel/surf alone, pay attention to the signs, and swim between the red and yellow flags.

For full information on beach dangers in WA, visit Surf Lifesaving.

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