Top 3 Surf Spots in Perth and the South West
1. PERTH: Cottesloe Beach
Arguably Perth’s most popular beach, Cottesloe Beach offers a consistent surf break all throughout the year. The fairly exposed beach and groyne break experiences the best swell from the southwest direction, and is a reliable beach for beginners. This beach is a social hub and can get quite busy, so we recommend braving the cold and getting into the water early if you’re heading out on the weekend.
We love heading to the new local on the street, Ol’ Bouy, for our post-surf coffee fix or North Street Store for a delicious cinnamon scroll.
2. ROTTNEST: Strickland Bay
Strickland Bay is the most consistent exposed break on Rottnest Island. This reef break is located on the south side of the island, and experiences its best swell from the south-south west direction, during winter. Strickland Bay offers a short right break and a long left break over a coral floor, and is more suited to a more experienced surfer, on the lookout for some heavier waves.
Once you’re finished with your surf session, we recommend making the short trip across the neck of the island to the secluded Lady Edeline Beach. Here, you’ll be able to soak up the sun and enjoy the super protected and hidden bay.
3. SOUTH WEST: Contos Beach
Contos Beach is located in the Margaret River area. This beach offers a super clean, exposed reef break that is reliable all year round. This left break is highly consistent, and a great summer break for experienced surfers.
The Cape to Cape track runs alongside Contos Beach, and the hike to Bob’s Hollow from Contos Beach is known for being one of the most scenic sections of the entire track! If you head out on the track, keep an eye out for wildlife, especially in the early mornings and in the evenings.
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