Fodor's Expert Review Scarborough
After the West Australian Premier described the Scarborough precinct as “tired and old,” the state government pledged A$30 million to pretty-up the beachfront, and things have markedly improved. The beach was always beautiful and the waves surfable, but now there are a number of busy cafés, including Boho Espresso, the Wild Fig, the Local Shack, and the Squire's Fortune. There's also the long-standing take-away, Peters by the Sea. Kids love to run wild on the beach-facing playground, while Harley Davidson owners stake their turf opposite the Rendezvous Grand Hotel and the fun Matisse Beach Club. Night times are still a little booze-oriented so avoid, unless you're a backpacker. The more enviable locales of Cottesloe, Fremantle, and Perth CBD are all a 15- to 20-minute cab ride away: Scarborough is not on the train line. Waves can be strong at times. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; sunset; walking.