Scarborough Beach is one of the most popular spots for beach-goers on the Perth coast. Thousands flock to the pristine beach year-round - and why wouldn’t they? With its brilliant turquoise water, clean white sand, great surf, easy shopping and incredible eateries and bars, there’s really no reason not to visit Scarborough.
The beach offers uninterrupted views of the entire Perth coast, from Fremantle in the south, up to Hillary’s in the north. Along with multiple playgrounds and spacious grassed areas, all in close proximity, your only task will be deciding where to go first!
A quick 15 minute drive from Perth City (with an easy and direct bus route also available) Scarborough is well worth the trip to the coast. And you’re really not experiencing all Perth has to offer if you don’t visit one of it’s most iconic and well known beaches. A major tourist attraction, Scarborough Beach is considered a hallmark of WA’s famous beach culture.
The City has 760 free beach-side parking spaces and there are over 400 covered public car park bays on Manning Street. Scarborough Beach can also be accessed by Transperth bus routes 990 and 421.
Some of the must-see attractions on the Scarborough foreshore include:
- Scarborough Beach Pool
- Sunset Hill
- Snake Pit
- Whale Playground
- The Surf Life Saving Club
- Two memorable pedestrian promenades
- The Scarborough Square and Clock Tower Plaza.
What to Do and See
Scarborough has a range of accommodation to choose from, with options to suit every budget. From backpacker accommodation through to 5-Star luxury suites, you’re guaranteed to find a place perfect for you in the heart of the Scarborough precinct. The best part? You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach before breakfast!
Places to stay
Eat and Drink
Enjoy the culinary delights of Scarborough where you are spoilt for choice with a mix of restaurants, cafés and bars. With the beautiful Indian Ocean nearby, you'll find meals to suit any budget including Greek, Italian and Asian dishes as well as fish and chips, burgers and more. If you're just looking to catch up with friends, enjoy a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer from one of the great local bars or pubs.
Scarborough Beach Pool has food and dining options available, which are open to pool users and beachgoers alike. The two flagship eateries are Cocolat, a café situated on the lower level, and La Capannina, an Italian restaurant located on the upper level of the facility. Where to eat
Swim, Surf and Skate
Scarborough is arguably Perth’s most popular beach where you can surf, paddle-board and kite-surf. If you are new to the ocean, you can join a local surf school to help get your swimming career started. or just relax by the new iconic Scarborough Beach Pool. The ‘new’ Scarborough foreshore also offers a skate-bowl unlike any other where you can watch the experts at work.
Looking for some retail therapy? The precinct offers a range of new retail outlets to complement Scarborough's renowned surf-shops. The area is well-serviced so you can stock up on supplies for your stay. Pop up markets also make an appearance over the busy summer period, so you can grab a bite to eat, a unique gift or a treat for yourself.
Relax with friends and family and take in the spectacular panoramic ocean views from Sunset Hill, or refresh yourself at one of the local yoga, Pilates or meditation classes. There are exciting outdoor programs that encourage group participation, to keep you motivated and - most importantly - to achieve your goals. All classes are held in our exclusive beachfront outdoor training environment. What to do
If you’re after action, the new ‘Snake Pit’ is where it’s all happening. This multi-use area caters for a range of events, exhibitions, ball sports and wheeled sports, including skateboarding, scooter and BMX, all year round. The area features an international-level competition skate bowl, two skate parks, a half-court basketball court and a climbing wall. More info can be found here.
Little kids are well catered for with the new Whale Playground. This unique play area is loaded with features to explore, including a cubbyhouse with a million-dollar view.