Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach

Western Australia, Perth

Scarborough Beach (along with Trigg) are the most popular surf spots in Perth. Their reputation for more consistent surf brings the crowds, however, good sandbars for practising surfing can also be found along the often less crowded line ups at the beaches between here and Cottlesloe beach. Search around and find a sandbar away from the crowds, you'll catch more waves and have more fun.

Wave Type
From Trigg Beach in the north to Cottlesloe Beach in the south, sandbars are broken up by rips and long shore gutters close to the beach. Waves generally break fairly close to shore and offer short and fast rights and lefts. The waves in summer can dump and close out, making catching green waves very tricky for beginners, so stick to catching whitewater waves if you are new to surfing. Find a sandbar attached to the beach and stick to it, avoiding rips and long shore gutters.

Beginner surfers should make the most of the common tiny surf days that occur around Perth as there are often fewer crowds in the water and catching green waves is easier as the waves break more slowly and softly on the small surf days. Surf early in summer before the south west winds pick up, making surfing conditions messy and challenging.

Good Wind Direction
Best on North East to South East winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small South to West to North swells.

Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine Life.

Have fun surfing Perth by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Car parks are located at all of the beaches in the Perth metro area.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Most of Perth's beaches are patrolled from October until April. Cottesloe Beach offers slight protection for beach goers when the south west winds are up in summer - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located at surf clubs and foreshore reserves at most of Perth's beaches.

Closest Shops
Cafes, take aways shops and restaurants can be found all along the coast from Trigg to the popular Cottesloe. Perth CBD and surrounds also offers an incredible range of food, shopping and entertainment, along with surf shops.

Photos of Perth's Beaches

Perth coastline view north to Trigg

Coastline from Scarborough looking north, Perth
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Coastline from Scarborough looking south

Coastline from Scarborough looking south, Perth
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