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Cottesloe Beach

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
wa0839
Includes Beaches:
north cottesloe
State/Region:
WA Perth
Post Code:
6010
Length:
0km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
dutch inn  (0.8km) cable station  (1.5km) swanbourne beach  (2.2km) leighton beach  (2.4km) port beach  (3km)

Beach

Cottesloe Beach is a 1.5 km stretch of west-facing sand and bluffs, which extends north from Mudurup Rocks to the southern rocks of Swanbourne Beach. A 100 m long groyne has been built out across Mudrup Rocks, and defines the southern boundary.The entire beach is backed by Marine Parade. Between the Parade and the beach is the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club and a car park on the southern bluffs above the groyne, with an equipment building on the beach. Cottesloe patrols the southern half of the beach (WA 839a)Six hundred meters to the north is North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club right off the Parade, on the edge of the bluffs and overlooking the northern half of the beach (WA 839b)While the beach runs continuously from Cottesloe to North Cottesloe it is interrupted by the groyne at the southern end and rocks and reefs north of the large the central car park and at either end of North Cottesloe beach.The more protected southern corner usually has lower waves and weak currents and is popular with families and children. Waves average about 1 m up the beach and usually maintain a steep beach with an attached 50 m wide bar. During winter and following higher waves rips usually commence about 100 m up the beach together with permanent rips against the reefs. The reefs in particular induce stronger currents and deeper rip channels and should be avoided by swimmers.The Cottesloe end has a series of car parks, together with a grassy reserve between the parade and beach and a large beach pavilion. North Cottesloe has more limited parking and consequently is usually a less crowded beach.The beach was one of the first developed on the Perth coast. Following the opening of the Perth to Fremantle railway in 1880 people began walking the 1 km from Cottesloe railway station to the beach. As a result of its early popularity a ‘caretaker’ patrolled the beach as early as 1906. In 1909 is became the birth place of surfing and Surf Life Saving in Western Australia, with the establishment of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, with the North Cottesloe club following in 1912.

Swimming

While the beach runs continuously from Cottesloe to North Cottesloe it is interrupted by the groyne at the southern end and rocks and reefs north of the large the central car park and at either end of North Cottesloe beach. The more protected southern corner usually has lower waves and weak currents and is popular with families and children. Waves average about 1 m up the beach and usually maintain a steep beach with an attached 50 m wide bar. During winter and following higher waves rips usually commence about 100 m up the beach together with permanent rips against the reefs. The reefs in particular induce stronger currents and deeper rip channels and should be avoided by swimmers.

Surfing

While the beach runs continuously from Cottesloe to North Cottesloe it is interrupted by the groyne at the southern end and rocks and reefs north of the large the central car park and at either end of North Cottesloe beach. The more protected southern corner usually has lower waves and weak currents and is popular with families and children. Waves average about 1 m up the beach and usually maintain a steep beach with an attached 50 m wide bar. During winter and following higher waves rips usually commence about 100 m up the beach together with permanent rips against the reefs. The reefs in particular induce stronger currents and deeper rip channels and should be avoided by swimmers.

General

Cottesloe is Perth’s oldest and still most popular surfing beach, and is patrolled by two surf life saving clubs.

Location

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  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Showers Showers
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Groyne Groyne

Regulation Symbols

    Shark Alert Number

    For shark sightings call Water Police on 9442 8600

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    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 29/08/2013 20:13:59

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    64
    First Aids:
    2788
    Preventative Actions:
    5950

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: North Cottesloe SLSC Cottesloe SLSC Cottesloe (Lifeguards)

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Mon, 02 May 01:00 pm

    SWANBOURNE (3 km)


    Showers.
    19.30 °C
    NNW/9 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    MonTueWedThuFriSat
    22° 15° 22° 14° 22° 15° 22° 16° 22° 14° 21° 14°

    WATER

    21

    Issued at Sun, 01 May 12:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • E
      11 km/h
      0.7m
    • SSW
      17 km/h
      1.2m
    • SE
      15 km/h
      1.2m
    • S
      17 km/h
      1.4m
    • ESE
      9 km/h
      1.2m
    • SW
      15 km/h
      1.3m
    • SSW
      26 km/h
      1.7m
    • S
      19 km/h
      1.3m

    Perth issued at Sun, 01 May 22:17

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    South to southwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots early in the morning.
    Swell:
    Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

    UV INDEX

    5



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      01:18
      0.72m
    • high
      09:41
      0.97m
    • low
      12:24
      0.94m
    • high
      17:58
      1.01m

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    Fremantle issued at Mon, 02 May 15:55

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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