Tips for an enjoyable day at the beach
Everybody wants an awesome day at the beach. That wonderful feeling of the warm sun on your shoulders, a gentle breeze on your face and the calming sound of waves lapping at your feet. It's the definition of luxury! Here's some tips to make sure your beach trip is picture perfect.
Tip 1 - Go swimming in the morning.
Locals know that the best time to go to the beach is in the morning.
At 9am the water is perfectly flat, the carpark isn't full and the sea breeze hasn't come in yet.
In summer you could probably head down as early as 8am for a refreshing morning dip, and head home in time for lunch and a nap!
An early beach trip also means that you will be out of the sun during the heat of the day. All Aussie's know that beaches are notorious for their lack of shade and bright white sand. This means you can burn from the sunlight reflecting up off the sand! I got sunburnt on my arms last week from an early morning walk at 9.30am in the morning, and I've got tanned skin! You have been warned!
Tip 2 - It will be windy in the afternoon. Bring a jacket.
Wind is created when air moves from colder areas to warmer areas. On a summers day, the land in Australia can reach temperatures of 35'C - 45'C (95' - 115'F) and this hot land quickly sucks in the cool air from the surrounding ocean, creating strong, refreshing afternoon breezes. You can count on the afternoon being windy, and the hotter the day is, the earlier the sea breeze starts.
So don't be afraid to bring a jacket, wear a jumper or have some pants to change into, even on a hot summers day. And don't be afraid to visit our beautiful beaches in winter either - Western Australian beaches are lucky enough to have beautiful, bright, sunlight all year round. This photo was taken at Scarborough Beach in the dead of winter! Rug up and enjoy the wild wind and sea spray!
Tip 3 - Popular beaches aren't actually the "best" beaches.
What beaches come to mind when you think of Australia?
Bondi Beach? Margaret River? Cottesloe and Scarborough?
The irony of Australian beaches is that the popular, cool and trendy beaches made famous by movies and celebrities, aren't actually the best bathing beaches for tourists.
Waves suitable for surfing are deceptively dangerous, notorious for strong under water currents (called rips), sharp reef and hidden sand banks. Popular surf beaches are windy, bare and difficult.
The best beaches are actually the hidden gems!
Tucked into little private bays, the water laps calmly, the dunes are covered in plants and flowers. There's grass and shade and protection from the wind. There's restaurants, a market with unique local arts, quiet cafes serving a cheeky glass of wine and hand-made ice-cream.
Join us on one of our Beach Walks and let us show you the real "best" beaches in Western Australia!