Perth's poster beach is as beguilling as it is relaxing, what with its soft cream sand, its transparent blue waters, and its strip of beachy pubs and restaurants. Naturally, it's very popular, particularly on Sunday, when people of all ages picnic on grass beneath the row of Norfolk pines that also hosts masses of squaking birds. The water is fairly calm, though punchy waves can roll through, crashing mainly in shallow depths. "Sunday sessions"—afternoon beer drinking
in two local pubs, the Ocean Beach Hotel and the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, both of which have good, ocean facing accommodations—are also held here. South of the Cottesloe groyne is a reasonable surf break, but it's often crowded. Time your visit for the annual Sculptures by the Sea event, a shore-side exhibition of huge sculptures each March. Amenities: showers, toilets, food and drink, lifeguards, parking (free). Best for: swimming, walking, sunset.