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City Beach, as its name suggests, is the closest beach to the central business district (CBD) of Perth, Australia’s fourth-largest city. Somehow, City Beach still manages to retain a natural and relaxed look and feel, and happens to be a great swimming beach as well.
The small, vegetation-covered dunes that line the beach contrast nicely with the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. As you gaze out to sea and hear the lapping waves and shrieks of the seagulls, it is hard to imagine that 2 million people go about their daily lives just behind those dunes.
Take your shoes off and take a walk along the beach to tune out the stresses of city life and tune in to the calming rhythms of the ocean. If it’s a warm day, jump in the water for a swim. The City Beach Surf Life Saving Club has been running since 1924 and its well-trained lifesavers still dutifully patrol the beach today.
City Beach’s low waves are kind to beginner surfers and thanks to the steady sea breezes here, kite surfing is also very popular.
Treat yourself to a meal at one of the restaurants or cafés near the beach, with everything from a quick fish ’n’ chips to evening-long fine dining available. Or, pack a picnic or bring something for the barbecue to make the most of the shady seaside park and its free facilities, which include a kids’ playground.
Walk off your lunch with a stroll along the boardwalk to neighbouring Floreat Beach. Keep watch for birds that live amongst the dunes. If you are lucky you might spot a snake or lizard basking in the sun.
Find a café or restaurant with ocean views and sit back with a glass of Margaret River wine as the sky lights up with ever-changing bursts of colours as the sun sets to the west.
City Beach is less than 30 minutes from the CBD by car. There are several free places to park your car and it’s also easy to come here by public transport. The beach is accessible 24/7 and its visitors’ facilities include toilets, showers and change rooms.
It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at City Beach. Here are the top activities:
Have a look at our Perth things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're here.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarium of Western Australia and HBF Stadium. Claremont Showgrounds and RAC Arena are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Mount Claremont, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Claremont Showgrounds and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from City Beach. HBF Stadium and Claremont Quarter Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km). Claremont Loch Street Station is 28 minutes by foot.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Trigg Beach, Floreat Beach, and Hamersley Public Golf Course. Mettam's Pool and City Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough apartment building is in the entertainment district, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Scarborough Beach, and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from City Beach. Trigg Beach and Floreat Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Scarborough apartment building is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Scarborough Beach and Trigg Beach. City Beach is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Trigg Beach and Hamersley Public Golf Course. Floreat Beach and Mettam's Pool are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Scarborough, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Scarborough Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from City Beach. Trigg Beach and Floreat Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Scarborough Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from City Beach. Cottesloe Beach and SCITECH Discovery Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km).