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Cottesloe Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
wa0839
Includes Beaches:
Cottesloe Beach North Cottesloe
State/Region:
WA - Cottesloe
Post Code:
6011
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

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

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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 21/04 Tue 22/04 Wed 23/04 Thu 24/04 Fri 25/04 Sat 26/04 Sun 27/04
Cottesloe (Lifeguards)
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00
06:00
- 18:00

STATISTICS

July 2013 - June 2014

Rescues:
86
First Aids:
588
Preventative Actions:
2733

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

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

Today 20° wind WSW/2 km/h

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Weather information
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22°16° 22°16° 22°17° 18°14° 20°10° 22°11°

SWANBOURNE (4 km) issued at Fri 25 Apr 10:30 (EST)

WATER

22

Issued at Fri, April 25 07:01

SWELL FORECAST

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • WSW
    1 m
  • WSW
    1.1 m
  • WSW
    1.1 m
  • WSW
    1.2 m
  • WSW
    1 m

Cottesloe issued at Wed, April 23 22:00 (EST)

UV INDEX

5

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    2:10
    0.71m
  • High
    8:36
    0.95m
  • Low
    14:08
    0.85m
  • High
    20:01
    0.94m
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Perth issued at Fri, April 25 00:00 (Local Time)

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TODAY'S RADAR

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