Cottesloe Travel Guide

  • Cottesloe
    by Wann
  • Cottesloe
    by Wann
  • Cottesloe
    by Wann

Cottesloe Things to Do

  • Sculpture by the Sea

    The Sculptures by the Sea exhibition has now been held for the last 3 years from March 3rd to the 18th and is set to be a regular fixture on the Cottesloe calendar. It has been especially popular this year with thousands of people visiting the beach hoping to glimpse for free (catalogue $7) some of the wonderful sculptures. The concept is...

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  • Kite board at South Cottesloe

    South Cottesloe is the place to see Kiteboarding in action. Walk/drive/bike down when the sea breeze is in usually late afternoon.If you are feeling daring you might even want to do lessons.

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  • People watch at North Cottesloe

    North Cottesloe Beach is the beach that Cottesloe people like! I say this in a biased way- it is a small beach that is protected by a reef on both sides which means that it is perfect for body surfing in the morning. SeeNorth Cottesloe beach layoutLike Cottesloe Beach there is a regular group of people who run and/or swim early in the morning at...

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  • Cottesloe Beach

    Cottesloe Beach is a very popular beach during summer and its surrounding pubs and clubs on Sunday nights "The Sunday Sesh". This is because Cottesloe Beach is so accessible by train and bus. The best time to go swimming in Western Australia is not in the middle of the day but before the sea breeze which means generally in the morning. There are a...

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  • Take the family for a picnic to...

    Cottesloe Beach is popular with families and teenagers. The reason why families like Cottesloe is that there are large expanses of green grass. There are also a small number of tables so that if you want to picnic you do not have to sit in the sand but can relax under the shady pine trees which surround Cottesloe Beach. The beach itself is quite...

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  • Yummy Icecream

    This ice cream parlour has been rated as providing the best icecream in Perth. The owners are originally from Italy and they have brought their secrets with them. The gelatos are made fresh daily and the sorbets are 99% fat free.The flavours run the whole gamut from Pistachio to Black Cherry, Italian Custard to Choc Mint.Besides serving the...

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Cottesloe Restaurants

  • Il Lido Italian food

    Stopped in for a cold drink and a snack and was pleasantly surprised at the menu and the atmosphere of the long sharer tables. Honestly wished I had booked there for lunch instead of somewhere in Fremantle. Next time I will stay a little longer. Had the ginger beer , little bottles but with a great ginger bite. The gluten free option of the day...

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  • Lunching by the beach

    The Blue Duck is under new management. It has been refurbished and has a slightly different menu- it offers Chilli mussel specials on Tuesday night which no doubt we will sample in the near future.We went there on a beautiful "summer like day" for lunch. The lunch special that seemed good value was the tomato and asparagus soup with garlic bread...

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  • Casual dining opposite Cott beach

    Tropicanas is a casual place to go if you feel like a light lunch without too much fuss and when it isn't going to cost you too much. Not fancy but OK. The cakes counter however, is pretty speccy especially the lemon meringue pie!

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  • Casual outside dining

    Beaches is a super casual cafe/outdoor restaurant. It is very popular with locals particularly with the early morning swimming, cycling and walking brigade who finish off their daily exercise with a coffee or light breakfast here. Because it has plastic tables and chairs set up outside on the lawn area people who walk their dogs along the beach...

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  • Funky restaurant

    C Blue is connected to the OBH so it has a fairly regular and loyal crowd. It is fitted out with lots of metallic and long water features in the middle of the restaurant. The food offered is a mixture of cuisines and the atmosphere is casual and informal.We have been here for lunch and dinner and entertained overseas visitors at this restaurant.For...

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  • High price on the beach

    Ok- have to make a confession here. I've put this in because the place is sort of a landmark in Cottesloe.I suspect that many people go to this place for a cup of coffee just because its there!We had a meal here a long time ago and vowed we would never again-bit unfair I know but it was just so "damn" expensive. It did not seem to be when we...

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  • Best muffins

    This is the place I go to have a quick cup of coffee and a rasberry and white chocolate muffin. They are to die for!!The restaurant/cafe is right on the beach and has a regular crowd in the morning - "the blue rinse set"!!

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  • Mighty muffins

    Daisies is more a cafe or a place that you might stop to get a muffin, homemade chicken Thai Pattie or a ready made meal such as Lasagne.They have a special deal of coffee and a muffin.It is a place many people stop at on the way to or from the beach. Parking is provided on the median strip.The shop also sells a number of deli goods, milk and...

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  • An excellent breakfast

    Cottesloe has a number of restaurants that seem to specialise in serving great breakfasts. Vans has been voted by a leading culinary group as serving the best breakfast.They also serve a very nice lunch. We have been there several times- being health conscious we like the Vietnamese spring rolls.

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Cottesloe Nightlife

  • Sunday Sess at the Cott

    Sunday night is Cottesloe Beach Hotel night. There are always queues to get into this hotel which has live music on a Sunday. Dress casual but no bathers, thongs

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  • Thursday night at the Claremont

    (20 year old again..) This is probably the most frequented club my girlfriends and I go to. (After a few cocktails and delicious arancinis at Kuppas down the road first..) The best night to go to the Claremont is Thursdays - (and again expect to queue if you arrive after 9pm.) A few years ago this pub received much publicity regarding the abduction...

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  • Sunday Session at the OBH

    (This is the 20 year old daughter filling in this spot..at Mum's request..) Well, the Ocean Beach Hotel (or affectionately known to locals as the obi) is the place to be if you're after a quiet drink with mates overlooking north cottesloe beach. Mixed crowd, lots of hardcore Aussies, but also quite a few internationals staying at the backpackers...

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Cottesloe Transportation

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    by albaaust Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    There are two ways to get to Cottesloe by train

    1. Get off at Grant Streetcross the traffic lights and then walk down Grant Street past Daisies until you get to the beach. The beach is called Grant Street. To your left are North Cottesloe and Cottesloe beaches; to your right Vera View and Swanbourne.
    Train times:
    Weekdays: 5.30am - 7.30pm every 15 minutes
    7.30pm -1200am every hour at 16 past for Fremantle, 40 past for Perth
    Saturday/Sunday/Public Holidays:
    6am -12.00am every hour

    2. Get off at Cottesloe and walk down Forrest Street. You will then be at Cottesloe Beach. In summer Cottesloe Council has set up a free bus service that shuttles passengers from the station to Cottesloe and North Cottesloe Beach.

    Train times:
    Weekdays: 5.30am - 7.30pm every 15 minutes
    7.30pm -1200am every 30 minutes and 1.39am and 2.39 am Friday night
    Saturday/Sunday/Public Holidays:
    6am - 8pm every 15 minutes
    8pm -12.30am every 30 minutes 1.39am and 2.39 am Saturday night

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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Cottesloe Shopping

  • Large supermarket

    Coles Claremont is part of the Coles chain of large supermarkets. It is part of a larger shopping area centred on Bayview Terrace. The shops in Bayview Terrace vary from David Jones, newsagents to expensive and trendy boutiques like Allannah Hill.Coles is where you might want to go to buy fruit, vegetables and other groceries at reasonable...

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  • Nearest supermarket

    The closest supermarket to the beach ie., Marine Parade is the IGA in Eric Street. If you walk away from the beach from the OBH/Eric Street just down from the hill is a number of small shops including IGA. IGA is a recently formed group of small independent grocers/supermarkets who have joined together in competition with the big two:Coles and...

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  • Swan down Napoleon Street

    Napoleon Street is on the other side of Cottesloe Railway Station. It has become a very chic street with its numerous coffee/tea cafes, expensive and trendy boutiques and gift shops. It has become for some the place to see and be seen.Further down Napoleon Street and across the traffic lights and Stirling Highway is the Grove Shopping Centre which...

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Cottesloe Local Customs

  • Surf lifesavers

    The surf lifesavers who operate at Cottesloe, North Cottesloe and Swanbourne are not just an example of local custom - they are more or less an Aussie icon;well and truly an Aussie tradition.This year is the year of Lifesavers celebrating 200 years since the introduction of surf lifesaving associations so they have been around for a long time (in...

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  • Keeping Cottesloe Clean!

    Most communities like to keep their environment clean and Cottesloe is no exception. The added factor of course is that most people will walk in bare feet in the white sand so it is imperative that every person takes their rubbish with them or puts it in the bins provided.Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of lets say "yobbos" who have no...

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  • Path etiquette

    You'll find when you go for a walk or bike ride that there will be a number of people doing the same thing. For most of the walkway there is a blue line down the middle. This is to indicate that you should stay on one side of the blue line and that even if you are walking with other people together some of your group should walk behind and give way...

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Cottesloe Warnings and Dangers

  • Beach conditions

    This is a danger not just to tourists but anyone visiting the beach. Rips can occur quite suddenly and before you know it you can be swept out to sea or not knowing what is happening tire yourself out completely trying to swim against a strong current.Rips can be identified when you can see a lot of sand being moved out to sea in the water.The best...

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  • Red as a beetroot

    This is obvious but maybe not to some-don't lie out in the sun in the middle of summer without protection ie., sunblock, hat, umbrella.Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world-our sun is pretty fierce and it can be deceptive!!See Sunsense information

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  • Watch your belongings

    Unfortunately, one of the dangers of having many people from all walks of life congregating in one area is that some people take advantage of the situation. Leave your valuables at home!! If you do need to have money, wallet, watch, camera etc do not leave it unattended!

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