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30 June 2021

Sea, salt and sand is at Fremantle’s heart and soul. With five beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder there’s a laidback vibe and beach culture that permeates the port city.

South Beach

Woman walking a dog, bike parked under a tree and people sunbaking on the lawn in front of South Beach with the blue ocean in the background

Stunning South Beach is full of character and a popular swimming spot at the southern end of the port city, close to the buzzing South Terrace strip of modern eateries, pubs, small bars and a brewery/distillery. Its clear, calm waters are perfect for families. Join groups of friends and families relaxing on expanses of lawn, shaded by towering Norfolk pines, or gathering near the playgrounds, cafe and free BBQ facilities.

Bathers Beach

Bathers Beach

Bather’s Beach – Fremantle’s very own inner-city oasis – is just a short walk from Walyalup Koort. Complete with Western Australia's first licenced area on the beach, you can order an icy cold beer then sit back and relax, with the water lapping at your feet. It’s the beach every town wished they had and it’s one of Perth's best kept secrets.

Sandtrax Beach, Port Beach and Leighton Beach

Kitesurfing at Leighton Beach captured by Travis Hayto
Image: Kitesurfing at Leighton Beach captured by Travis Hayto

Swimming, snorkelling, wind and kite surfing are the order of the day at Fremantle’s northern beaches. Blessed with long stretches of white sand and glistening turquoise waters, these beaches are considered by many to be among the best in Western Australia. Leighton Beach is a short walk west from North Fremantle Train Station on the Perth to Fremantle line. A crop of delectable seaside eateries add a touch of sophistication to the laid-back atmosphere. Port Beach and Sandtrax are just south of Leighton Beach and can be accessed by vehicle or a 15-30 minute walk. 

Rottnest Island / Wadjemup

Fremantle is the gateway to Rottnest Island / Wadjemup. Perth's island getaway and its 80+ Mediterranean-style beaches and bays are just a 25 minute ferry ride from Victoria Quay.


  • Dogs are permitted in designated areas at South Beach and Leighton Beach so there is no need to leave your four-legged friends behind. 
  • Beach wheelchairs are available for free hire at Bathers Beach and Leighton Beach:
    • South Beach: From South Beach Cafe all year round from 7 am-5 pm. Find out how to book
    • Bathers Beach: From WA Shipwrecks Museum all year round from 7 am-5 pm (except public holidays). Find out how to book.
    • Leighton Beach: From The Orange Box all year round from 7 am-3 pm (subject to the opening hours of The Orange Box). Find out how to book. The City of Fremantle has installed beach matting from the Beach Wheelchair storage unit towards the beach.
Port Beach
South Beach
Surfing at Sandtrax
Surfing at Sandtrax
South Beach pontoon
Stand up paddleboarding at South Beach