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The Beaches

Cottesloe and Swanbourne are the most popular beaches close to the city. These are the suburban beaches where all the locals swim, but are big and beautiful enough for everyone, so you won’t feel crowded out. Cottesloe is overlooked by its famous old surf club building (www.cottsurf.com) and has a good surf break just to the south. ‘Swanny’ stretches along the coast, taking in several local beaches, the new surf club complex (www.swannysurfclub.iinet.net.au) and what was the old rifle range beach, now famous as a nude beach, sporting the Nude Olympics in summer.

There is a narrow continental shelf here on the west coast, which means the sea bottom drops away rapidly and deep water occurs relatively close to shore. Swimmers and surfers have been known to fall victim to rips and strong currents, and even the odd shark! However, that excellent Australian institution, the Surf Life Saving Club, patrols most of the beaches and monitors shark-spotting, which is done by light aircraft during the summer. Visitors are advised to swim ONLY between the red-and-yellow flags at patrolled beaches, and always to wear a hat and highly-rated sunscreen.

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