North-Western Beachside

Scarborough Beach, Mike Langford / Auscape International


Renowned for its beachside cafe society, the beach here is a top spot for surfers and sailboarders. The Rendezvous Hotel Perth dominates the landscape, its towering form reminiscent of the Gold Coast's resorts. The Scarborough Amphitheatre plays host to weddings, events and sport and is the home of the Perth Beach Volleyball School. National surf competitions are regularly staged at Scarborough Beach.

Hillarys Boat Harbour

This ocean-side complex houses a marina, a world-class aquarium (), and Sorrento Quay, a ‘village’ of shops, cafes, restaurants and resort apartments. If the beautiful sandy beaches are too tame for you, try The Great Escape, a leisure park with waterslides, miniature golf and trampolines. Ferries to Rottnest Island run from Hillarys, and there are whale-watching cruises from September to November. Southside Dr, Hillarys; Boat Harbour, (08) 9448 7544; Sorrento Quay, (08) 9246 9788.

Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

The highlight of this attraction, housing five different aquariums, is an incredible 98-metre underwater-tunnel aquarium, surrounded by approximately 3 million litres of the Indian Ocean. Here you’ll see thousands of marine creatures including sharks, stingrays, seals, crocodiles, sea dragons and turtles. For the ultimate underwater sensation, visitors can snorkel or swim with sharks. Hillarys Boat Harbour, 91 Southside Dr, Hillarys; (08) 9447 7500; open 10am–5pm daily.