The capital of Western Australia and one of the country’s largest cities, Perth has become a prime destination for paddleboarding. Its warm welcome, brilliant climate, and stunning beaches all contribute to its growing popularity, and each year more paddleboard enthusiasts venture out west to find their adventure.
Among paddleboarding communities, there are a number of locations that are most celebrated. Some are ideal for explorations, encouraging paddleboarders to find hidden coves and secluded beaches, while others are serene and invite a culture of relaxation and SUP yoga.
If you’re wanting to experience what Perth has to offer, then here are the best places to paddleboard in and around the city.
By far Perth’s most celebrated beach, Cottesloe is a must-visit destination for paddleboard enthusiasts. Being known for its clear waters, soft sands, and unrivaled vistas, the beach itself is also great for paddleboarding because of its calm seascape, making it ideal for beginners and SUP yoga practitioners.
Its established place in SUP culture also means that Cottesloe is abundant with paddleboarding groups, rentals, and facilities, making it an ideal destination for long trips as well as short visits.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds of the city and simply want to enjoy a quiet afternoon on the water, then Bicton Baths might be the location for you. Popular among beginner paddleboarders, as well as nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers, visiting the water is certain to be a relaxing experience. You’ll most likely encounter a few other paddleboarders, as well as a few families enjoying a picnic, but, otherwise, the water will be free for you to adventure at your own pace.
South of Perth, there is Shoalwater Bay, a marine park known for its wildlife and breathtaking beaches. The landscape and numerous sandbars ensure that the beaches are free from harsh waves, making this an ideal and beautiful place to paddleboard. There are also a number of tours available that will take paddleboarders out to catch a glimpse of the local penguins and seals too.
Paddleboarders who want to experience a totally unique landscape, one that has coral reefs and shipwrecks, as well as idyllic beach landscapes, should leave central Perth and head outward to Rottnest Island. There are a number of beaches to explore, many with hidden coves that can be reached by paddleboard, and it is an ideal getaway for those wanting a private respite during their adventure.
White sands and clear waters make Shelley beach a destination for many. However, its calm waters and brilliant views also make it a must-visit destination for paddleboarders, especially those who want to experience the water without the crowds of surfers found closer to the city of Perth. While it is a long journey from the city, being nearly five hours by car, it is certainly worth the trip, with many choosing to take a tent and spend the weekend overlooking the area’s landscapes.