Things to do in Perth visit Scarborough Beach
As great as Perth City is, there’s nothing like being right by the sea, especially when the big wet thing happens to be as impressive as the almighty Indian Ocean. The call of the water brings many backpackers to the beachside suburbs, either to stay or to visit for the day and to watch the sun go down with a cool beer in the local pubs. The perfect base for any sun and sea-loving traveler with a number of hostels and hotels that cater to backpackers, Scarborough has loads of cheap eats, weekend markets, and easy access to the city.
Scarborough is a casual beachside community
Scarborough is a casual beachside community with its own laid-back identity and sunsets which will blow your mind every evening. With one of the best white-sand surf beaches in Perth, it’s the ideal Indian Ocean destination to relax and meet the beach lovin’ locals. The sand is patrolled by surf lifesavers and all amenities, including boogie and surfboard hire, are on hand. You can swim, surf, fish, babe-watch, skate, cycle, windsurf, kite-surf, shop, dine, travel, study, go nightclubbing, get fit and explore here, Scarborough has everything in one place. Other beaches within walking distance include Brighton and Floreat Beach to the south, and Trigg Beach, just 1.4km to the north, with its island and rock pools. Water conditions are usually best in the morning. Even sunny winter days can be and beautiful and this is when you’ll find the best surf in Perth. If you’re into windsurfing you’ll be thrilled by the speed and stunt-capacity of Perth’s marine windsurfing centre in the afternoons, when the famous sea breeze gets blowing, and Kite-surfing is also becoming increasingly popular.
Although ‘Scabs’, as the locals call it, has clubs and bars where dress standards do apply, it is known for its casual atmosphere so ‘dagging around’ in thongs (flip-flops) and sarongs is quite OK.
With all that, why live in the city when you can bunk by the beach? Great backpacker accommodation can be found at the Western Beach Lodge – an intimate and friendly place popular with travellers and surfers. Guests can borrow body boards and take advantage of the typically laid-back late checkout (11am) and early check-in (1pm) policies.