COTTESLOE BEACH, PERTH
For a calmer, more consistent swell, head over to Perth’s Cottesloe Beach. Its glassy waters and Indian Ocean sunsets make it a darling of Western Australia – and it’s sure to take up plenty of space on your camera.
If you’re not a surfer (or just need a break from the board), Cottesloe’s rocks and reefs are ideal snorkelling spots, too. And every autumn, the beach transforms into an open-air art gallery for three weeks as part of Sculpture by the Sea, with works scattered across the glistening white sands.
SURFER’S POINT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Just three hours south of Perth is Margaret River – a small coastal town renowned for its food, wine and waves. What was once an unknown outback area, is now a hub for watersports – and some say this is down to Surfers Point. Here, the waves are consistent and easy to access, with a great lookout area. Tiered grassy banks and steps down to the beach means it’s perfectly set up for surfers and spectators alike.
Though the waves can get rough at Surfer’s point, there’s a spot nearby where you can learn the basics before plunging in. Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy offers lessons to people of all ages and abilities. And if you’re all surfed out, they’ve also got canoes, kayaks, body and paddle boards available to hire.