Did we run this article just as an excuse to find a heap of cute doggo photos? Maybe.
Regardless, it’s starting to get warmer, and that means beach. And if you’re lucky enough to be the proud parent of some furry four-legged children, the beach has even more going for it.
Here’s a few of our favourite spots to take the pooch for a day in the sun and surf:
One of the most scenic stretches of white sand in the metro area, Leighton Beach in Mossie Park is a busy one come summer. With the Fremantle Port dinosaurs off in the distance, your pups will have plenty of options for new friends. Just make sure you get down before the sea breeze (or after, if you want a bit less crowd action).
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Freo’s primo dog beach, South Beach has a nice big grassed area to picnic on post-swim. The surf is basically non-existent, so no threat of doge dumpers. There’s plenty of parking and its real close to the getting-cooler-by-the-second South Fremantle scene.
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A fave amongst the Scarborough crew, the car park is pretty small but all the better for walking to. The carpark does have showers though, which you’ll need to wash off the set after trekking all the way down to Floreat and back. During winter the surf can get a bit hairy, but for most of summer it’ll be pond-like.
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This little section of beach out the front of Bennion Street along West Coast Hwy is great for exploring. With plenty of nooks and crannies to dive into, the rocky outcrops offer some nice protection from the afternoon breeze. Perfect to cool off in after doing the West Coast Highway path.
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South City Beach
This 2km+ stretch of beach south of the City Beach groyne is great to get away from the crowds. The water is crystal clear, the sand is white, and it gets a bit less swell than further north. There’s plenty of places to park on nearby side streets, and plenty of restaurant options if you’re feeling peckish.
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Another small section along the West Coast Highway scenic drive between Castle and Margaret Streets. There’s plenty of parking and nice boardwalk access down to the beach. It’s a bit rocky, but there’s a few sandy access areas out to the water, and it keeps the crowd a bit smaller if you’re pooch prefers to mind their own business.
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Just north of Hillarys Boat Harbour lies the nice long stretch of sand that is Whitfords Dog Beach. Another area where your pooch won’t be short on pals, the surf can get a little bigger, but you’ll be fine during summer.
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CY O’Connor Beach
If you’re looking to get a little further away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach, keep going towards North Coogee. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can walk all the way to the old Fremantle Power Station.
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Thanks to some offshore reef protection big swells don’t get in to Quinns Rocks beach as much as other places, making it a nice place for dogs that aren’t a fan of hanging ten. As it’s a fair way out of the metro area, you’ll generally find a little more peace and puppy quiet than other places.
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