February 11th, 2021
Water water everywhere, and plenty of drops to swim in! After becoming famous around the world for its white, sandy beaches, in recent times Western Australia is becoming equally well known for its inland lakes, rivers, swimming holes and dams. And everywhere you look up and down our lengthy coastline there are beautiful spots to take a dip, perfect for our predominately hot, mediterranean climate.
We know how much you love ’em, so we decided to create a master list to help you tick ’em all off. Which only leaves one question – how many have you done?
PERTH & SURROUNDS
Mettams Pool (Marmion Marine Park)
Marmion Marine Park takes in a large stretch of the coast from Hillarys down to North Beach, with a variety of different options for swimming and snorkelling. Mettams Pool is an obvious and popular choice thanks to its proximity to shore and relative protection, with some cool little caves for the keen divers out there.
Yanchep Lagoon (Wanneroo)
Yanchep beach is a popular swimming and fishing spot that also serves as a gateway to the coral coast (Lancelin, Cervantes, Jurien Bay etc.), but if you’re trying to stay close enough to Perth it’s a great start. The lagoon shape of the reef offers some nice protection from the elements, and maintains visibility to help you see all kinds of reef creatures, coral and crays.
Chidley Reserve (Mosman Park)
Chidley Reserve is a chill little swimming spot on the Swan River that’s great if you’ve got kids who wanna have a splash. It’s nice and sheltered (outside of big boat waves), and well kitted out to make a day of it with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.
Rocky Pool (Kalamunda)
Rocky Pool is another great spot close by. In amidst the Kalamunda Hills, there’s a challenging (but not too hectic) 5km walk filled with wildflowers, wildlife and valley views. The pool is usually completely dry in the warmer seasons, so to get the most out of the experience we recommend visiting in winter or early spring. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous it’s also part of the Bibbulmun Track.
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