How to get to Cottesloe Beach from Perth CBD
Undoubtedly one of Australia's premier beaches, Perth's Cottesloe Beach is a must-visit location for anyone who loves endless sunshine and crystal clear water. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling and surfing, Cottesloe Beach is also surrounded by an array of cafes, restaurants and bars that'll keep any budding gastronome satisfied. Providing an incredible setting to escape the busiest part of the city, the beach is also conveniently located easily within touching distance of Fraser Suites Perth. Your luxury apartment is the ideal place to base yourself as you explore the delights of Perth and its magnificent coastal landmarks.
The perfect summertime destination
Since the arrival of British settlers to Perth in the 19th-century, Cottesloe and its sandy shores have long been one of the state's most popular destinations. With the construction of the Perth to Fremantle railway in 1881, there was newfound freedom for residents as they set about exploring the seemingly ceaseless coastline. While British colonists had only ever known about the beaches of their homeland that were cold, blustery and covered in pebbles, soon the appeal of relaxing on a sandy beach dawned on them as they set about building a pier in 1906. Nowadays, whenever the sun is shining, you'll find the 'Cott' bustling with locals and tourists as they discover just why Perth is such a wonderful place for summer holidaymakers.
While Perth and Cottesloe remain pleasant all year round, the optimal time to visit is from October to April as the sun is always shining but a cool breeze sweeps in off the Indian Ocean. Besides snorkelling, swimming and surfing, there are plenty of other fun activities to partake in as you ease through the day. Offering extensive cycling and walking paths that feature remarkable views, one of the liveliest pastimes you can enjoy is kitesurfing, which is the perfect way to get your blood pumping. Meanwhile, there are also great opportunities to embark on a sailing tour or try your hand at windsurfing. Plus, the sunsets are some of the best you'll experience anywhere in Western Australia.
If you're looking to add some culture to your visit, don't miss your chance to catch one of the region's top arts events. The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition sees Cottesloe Beach turn into a spectacular beachfront art gallery as large-scale installations stretch from the sea wall all the way to North Cottesloe. Founded on Bondi Beach in 1997, having since expanded its offering to Cottesloe Beach, the event is an outstanding chance to explore works by a host of Australian and international artists.
Picnics, alfresco dining and gastropubs
It's not just the sun and fresh water that brings travellers in their droves to Cottesloe Beach. Stretching along the waterfront promenade known as Marine Parade, there's a wealth of picture-perfect grassy hillsides to rest and enjoy a picnic in the shade of the Norfolk Island pines. But if you'd prefer to indulge in a spot of fine dining, you're in luck because the promenade also features an eclectic range of restaurants, bars and eateries that showcase the very best of Perth's famous culinary scene.
Perhaps the most celebrated restaurant in the region is The Blue Duck, which offers a stunning eatery that includes panoramic views stretching across the beachfront and the Indian Ocean beyond. Ideal for either a quick coffee and snack or an elegant dinner and wine pairing, The Blue Duck has a casual atmosphere that makes it great for relaxing and enjoying what's bound to be a picturesque sunset.
Another great choice for beachfront dining is Indiana Cottesloe Beach. Formally known as the Indiana Tea House, there's a delightful contemporary bistro that has a variety of classic West Australian fare, while there's also a vibrant selection of wine, regional beers and colourful cocktails to sample. Meanwhile, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel plates the best of local produce alongside a lively beach club and terrace bar that makes it a great place to grab an icy cold drink on a sizzling Perth day.
How to get to Cottesloe Beach from Fraser Suites Perth
Located halfway between Perth and Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach is found approximately 14 kilometres from Perth city centre. From your impressive Fraser Suites Perth apartment near the banks of the Swan River, it's an easy 25-minute drive or taxi ride past the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens along the Stirling Highway.
If you'd rather see the streets of Perth via public transport, there are frequent buses leaving from directly outside your accommodation that'll have you arriving at the beach in less than an hour. Meanwhile, McIver Station is positioned two kilometres away, with the Fremantle Line taking you quickly to Cottesloe Station and the nearby beachfront.