If you’re anything like us, the idea of crowding onto a packed beach on a hot day wearing nothing but beach underwear isn’t always appealing.
So we’ve uncovered the best near-by, top-secret swimming spots you just have to know about.
Pack your snorkel, a good read and some snacks and try these on for size.
Green Place Reserve And Chidley Point
All the rich kids in Mossy Park have been keeping this place a secret for too long, but now the cat’s out of the bag. Green Place Reserve and the neighbouring Chidley Point are the perfect spots for a dip if you’re not too keen on waves, don’t want to drive too far and you like sneaking a peek at how the other half live. Chidley Point is also a stop along the Wadun Beelier Bidi trail, which circles around Cottesloe Beach, Mosman Park and Peppy Grove—making it the perfect spot to cool off at the midway point.
Tucked below the dam wall, the recreation lake at Wungong Dam is a glorious swimming spot unbeknownst to most Perth peeps. To find this spot, take a 40-kilometre drive from Perth towards the hills beyond Armadale. Expect shady picnic spots, BBQs and, if you come at the right time, plenty of wildflowers—and, of course, swimming.
Another hills spot, you’ll want to head out towards Mundaring to reach Lake Leschenaultia—a 50-kilometre journey from the CBD. Be sure to pack your camping gear just in case you get there and never want to leave (highly likely). You can hire out the shelters and lawn areas by the lake, and even canoes.
When the Freo Doctor comes-a-blowing Sandtrax is one of the few beaches you won’t get swept away at. Plus, its waves are more friendly, so if you don’t like getting dunked this is the beach for you.
There are sure to be a lot of locals angry at us after this, but Mettams Pool in Trigg is so glorious the whole world must know about it. A perfect snorkelling spot, this natural rock pool is protected by reefs and is best enjoyed before winter’s wild weather hits. The beach is lovely too and features shady gazebos and grassy areas.
40 minutes further north from Trigg, Yanchep Lagoon is another great snorkelling spot—just be wary of the permanent rip. BYO esky filled with kombucha and you’re set for a glorious day in the sun, sand and surf.
Riverside Gardens is a dog-owners dream. It’s got plenty of wide open grassy spaces for your pooch to run around in, shaded gazebos, BBQ facilities and the perfect little riverbank you and your pup can cool off in.
Head down to Rockingham and you will find a diving and snorkelling wonderland at Cape Peron. Home to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, there are plenty of limestone overhangs, small caves and swim-throughs to check out closer to shore, and just a little further out you hit scuba diving territory where the seabed plunges to seven metres and the fish are aplenty.
Despite what TLC think, you definitely should go chasing waterfalls… especially Serpentine Falls. Cascading over a sheer granite rock face into a rock pool below, the falls are open from 8.30am to 5pm and feature grassy areas, BBQs and picnic spots. You may even see some kangaroos.
Lane Poole Reserve
If you’re keen for a day trip, Lane Poole Reserve has your name all over it. Perched on the banks of the Murray River, this spot sprawls over 50,000 hectares in which swimming spots abound, but you’ll want to hunt them out ahead of time.
Not so secret for those SOR folks, but the Bicton Pool is still a mystery to many. Plonked right next to the Swan River, the spot features a 33-metre pool and geothermal hydrotherapy pool and costs $6 for a single swim—totally worth it for that view.
Start packing your beach bag and hunt these spots down while they're still secret.
Image credit: Emma Bryant