Western Australia is blessed with thousands of kilometres of coastline, billions of grains of white sand and an infinite ocean. There’s only one thing that our beaches don’t have a lot of: people. And that’s what makes them so awesome. These are three of my favourites.
Cable Beach, Broome:
Cable beach is a beach of contrasts. From the red earth, to the white sand to the azure ocean, it’s unlike any other beach in the world. Cable beach is 22 kilometres or so of pristine coastline, and when the tide is out, the sand stretches as far as the eye can see. One of its main selling points in my view, is that you don’t have to walk far to be able to put down your towel without being in ear shot of anyone else. Floating in the water and looking back to the white and red shoreline dotted with palm trees is a truly unique experience.
Taking it all in on the back of a camel at sunset gives a different view point of the beach, and is one of Broome’s most iconic and touristy things to do. Broome council also still allows 4WDs to drive along its iconic beach (although it’s contentious). There’s nothing like driving along, finding the perfect spot, opening up the back of the car, drink in hand, watching the sun set on the ocean. However you see it, Cable beach is still one of my favourite beaches anywhere in the world.
Bunker Bay, South West
Only about 15 minutes south of Dunsborough, Bunker Bay is a place where the forest meets the sea. Protected by the Cape Naturaliste promontory, Bunker Bay is a place of (mostly) calm seas and pristine sand. During the week, it’s not unusual to have the whole bay to yourself, and walking from one end to the other takes only about an hour and a half.
Bunker Bay is also home to a very cute café which has an outside decking and a boardwalk leading down to the beach. The Bunker Bay resort also has its own private access to the beach, and is a beautiful five star resort, with a pool that looks across the forest and out to the ocean.
Scarborough gets my ‘most improving’ vote.
Situated in the northern suburb of the same name, Scarborough beach is one of Perth’s icons. Apart from the mandatory clear water, white sand and decent surf, Scarborough also has a couple of other things that set it apart. First off, it has an amphitheatre which houses everything from flamenco dancing lessons to DJ sets. Also in Scarborough’s favour is that it has large grassed areas which are awesome for picnics without getting sand in your food. The grassed area stretches for a few hundred metres and also has bbqs, a playground and public gym equipment.
After years of neglect, Scarborough is finally starting to come into its own. Unfortunately it has to overcome the issue of some incompetent town planning, which for some reason allotted all the prime ocean front land to the car parks and pushed all the restaurants back over the road. This has forced Scarborough’s beach front diners to have to look out over the road, then over the carparks before they actually get a glimpse of the ocean.
Scarborough has also suffered from the curse of Perth restaurants, which seems to dictate that the closer to the ocean you are, the worse the food is. This is slowly improving, but there’s a long way to go. Scarborough’s vibe has improved with the addition of the Scarborough beach bar and will hopefully get even better with the introduction of a rooftop cinema and public pool (although they’re still fighting over planning).
What gets your vote for best beach?