Discover the local's secret of Meelup Beach in Geographe Bay, dive into the sophisticated Cottesloe Beach and rest up at famous Cable Beach.
Just 15 minutes west of Perth, Cottesloe is as much about lifestyle as it is beach. Lined with Norfolk pines and terraced lawns and overlooking the Indian Ocean, people flock there for its village atmosphere and seaside heritage. At the southern end is the beautiful historic beach pavilion.
The town got together and restored the 1930s concrete ocean pylon. It began to erode after decades of ocean battering and is now a popular diving platform.
Cottesloe has plenty of great rock pools and reefs for snorkelling and exploring and regular swells keep body boarders, surfers and swimmers happy.
The perfect day might begin with breakfast at Barchetta, Italian for 'small boat'. Overhanging the dunes of North Cottesloe, it is a contemporary café serving innovative dishes with a modern Italian influence. Turn up in your bathers or best suit and you will be welcome. They open from Monday to Saturday at 6:30am and 7am on Sundays.
Cottesloe Beach Hotel was opened in 1904 and in 1937 it was given an Art Deco facade. In 1983 it was saved by a local syndicate who bought it and kept it in its original form.
The famous landmark has 4 bars, a lounge and café. There's live entertainment 5 nights a week, and if you want to stay, it has 13 accommodation rooms.
In summer months The Cottesloe runs a free shuttle service between the hotel and railway station.
2000 kilometres north of Perth is officially Western Australia's finest stretch of sand where Broome meets the Indian Ocean. 22 kilometres long and close to the centre of Broome, Cable Beach is the gateway to the Kimberley. Its aqua water, white sand and bright red-orange dirt inspire photographers from dawn until dusk.
It is named Cable as the terminus of the original cable used to send telegrams between Java and Broome. The elegant Court House is a wonderful example of colonial architecture. It has wide verandahs, polished timber floors, iron roof, fans and heavy iron stairs.
The beach has many rockpools and a massive tide washes it clean every day and deposits beautiful shells. Whales and dolphins can be spotted in season.
Accommodation of all sorts is plentiful, but wherever you stay, a camel ride along the beach is recommended.
Meelup Beach, Geographe Bay
4 hours south of Perth and Kelly was in Geographe Bay, a well-known spot for whale watching between September and December. Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and Geographe Bay coastline can all be admired from the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse. Tours tell of the history of the area and there are some ghost stories to be told!
Scuba divers explore the wreck of HMAS Swan, beach fishing is popular, particularly for salmon, and there are great waves for surfing and windsurfing.
Locals in the know directed Kelly to Meelup Beach on the western tip of Geographe Bay. Its pure white sand and gentle waves have made it popular with families for generations. Sailing boats drop anchor in the bay for an afternoon of swimming.
When you're feeling peckish, a visit to the Dunsborough Bakery will take care of that. It has been feeding the hungry for 65 years. Owner Gary Davies says he wells 3000 pies on a busy day! It's not unusual for him to serve 3 generations of a family, each with stories to tell about past and current enjoyable times in the area.
Gary began a tradition of having well-known visitors to sign a cap which is then put on display. There are many familiar and famous names up there.
Don't forget when you are in the area, you are close to the wonderful Margaret River. It's worth the drive to savour its great wines and food and there is plenty of good accommodation.