Coogee Beach WA: Ultimate Guide

Picture a day spent basking in the Australian sun, exploring a vibrant marine world, and savouring the delicious local seafood. Welcome to Coogee Beach.

As a local, I’ve been privileged to watch this beach evolve from being a gem to a favourite among locals and visitors.

In this guide, I’ll share insider tips, from the best swimming spots and scenic trails to the best local eateries.

Aboriginal History and Influence

Long before European settlers set foot on Coogee Beach, the land was home to the Noongar people, an Aboriginal community who lived in harmony with the coastal landscape. 

The Noongar people lived in the South West region of Western Australia, which includes present-day Coogee Beach, for thousands of years. They were skilled hunters, gatherers, and fishers, drawing sustenance from the abundant sea, coastal, and inland resources.

For the Noongar community, the beach was not just a place of living and gathering but a spiritual landscape deeply ingrained with their traditions and storytelling.

In the Noongar language, Coogee means ‘body of water,’ reflecting the importance of the sea in their daily life and culture. The ocean was their source of food, a significant aspect of their spiritual beliefs, and a central part of their community interactions.

long stretch of golden sand at calm water at coogee beach western australia

Exploring Coogee Beach’s Natural Beauty

Coogee Beach has recently gained recognition as one of Australia’s top 15 beaches, and it’s not hard to see why. With almost 4 kilometres of breathtaking, turquoise-fringed coastline, this beach offers a stunning spot to soak up the sun or explore the wonders beneath the surface.

At the beach’s northern end, adventurers can try the Coogee Maritime Trail, a circular route perfect for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Approximately 25 metres from the shore, this trail allows you to immerse yourself in the area’s rich history and natural beauty.

One of the trail’s highlights is the chance to see the remains of the Omeo, a ship that tragically sank in 1905. As you explore the underwater world, you’ll also encounter an array of sculptures and art installations, adding an artistic touch to your marine adventure.

Beyond the artefacts, Coogee Beach is teeming with abundant marine life. Prepare to come face to face with curious stingrays, playful seals, and dolphins.

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Omeo Shipwreck

Things to Do at Coogee Beach

Here’s a suggested itinerary for a day at Coogee Beach, Western Australia:

Morning

  1. Start your day by taking a stroll along the beach and stopping for a coffee in one of the cafes. 
  2. Snorkel at the northern end of the beach to explore the Coogee Maritime Trail. 

Midday

3. After working up an appetite, find a comfortable spot for a beachside picnic. Alternatively, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the beachside cafes or restaurants nearby.

Afternoon

4. Take a walk along the scenic coastal paths. 

concrete coastal path with trees each side at coogee beach wa
Coogee Coastal Path

Evening

6. As the day winds down, head to the beach for a breathtaking sunset experience. Find a spot on the sand or on one of the grassy areas nearby, and watch as the sun dips below the horizon.

After sunset, consider having dinner at one of the restaurants, where you can savour delicious food while enjoying the relaxed coastal atmosphere.

Optional

If you have more time, visit nearby Woodman Point Regional Park, which has some interesting walking trails.

long accessible ramp at coggee beach leading out over the ocean
Wheelchair and Pram-friendly Ramp 

Local Dining Options

Some of the best places to eat in Coogee are:

The Surfing Lizard Café

Closed for renovations

Located on the beachfront, this café offers stunning ocean views along with a diverse menu. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, indulge in gourmet burgers, or savour their renowned fish and chips. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly service make it a popular spot for locals and visitors.

Coogee Boathouse Eat & Sips

Coogee Boathouse is a new waterfront destination located on Coogee Beach. Culinary delights feature delectable dishes, artisanal beverages, and tempting treats. From casual dining experiences to elegant events, Coogee Boathouse caters to all tastes and occasions. 

Beachpoint Cafe

Beachpoint Café is a delightful seaside eatery that encapsulates the essence of coastal living. Discover a menu filled with delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. From mouthwatering breakfast options to satisfying lunches and indulgent desserts, Beachpoint Cafe caters to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences. 

Coogee Common

Coogee Common is a community hub celebrating the best local produce, sustainability, and a welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant offers an enticing menu showcasing farm-to-table cuisine, highlighting seasonal ingredients sourced from their own kitchen garden and local suppliers.

With its commitment to sustainable practices, warm hospitality, and a beautiful outdoor space, Coogee Common is a haven for food lovers, community enthusiasts, and nature admirers alike. 

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Dome Cafe, North Coogee

Coogee Beach Facilities

  • Barbeque
  • Grass Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Ramp
  • Public Toilet
  • Playground
  • Beach Cafe/Kiosk
small playground with red slide and clambing frame at coogee beach

How to Get to Coogee Beach

The most convenient way to get to Coogee Beach from Perth is to drive. It takes about half an hour via Kwinana Fwy/State Route 2.

grassed area with pcnic tables and bbqs at coogee beach wa

Best Time to Visit Coogee Beach

To experience Coogee Beach at its best, it’s important to time your visit right.

Summer (December-February)

The summer months offer warm temperatures perfect for swimming and snorkelling but also bring more people (the beach isn’t packed, but parking can be difficult).

Autumn and Spring (March-May, September-November)

For a blend of comfortable weather and fewer people, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. The ocean temperature is warmest in autumn.

Winter (June-August)

While the winter months are cold, it’s a great time for beautiful walks and peaceful beachscapes.

Accommodation Options Near Coogee Beach

After an action-packed day at Coogee Beach, find the perfect place to rest and recharge.

Hotel

Be Fremantle

⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Fremantle | ✅ Book it!

Located in Fremantle, a short drive from Coogee Beach, this boutique hotel features stylish suites with modern amenities, a fitness centre, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the harbour.

🤩 I love Be Fremantle hotel due to the incredible views

Budget-Friendly Stay

Discovery Parks – Coogee Beach

⭐️ RATING: 8.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Coogee | ✅ Book it!

This beachfront caravan park has affordable cabins and studios.

green grass in front of discovery parks coogee beach holiday park

Family-Friendly Accommodation

Stayz (part of VRBO) have holiday rentals ranging from one-bedroom apartments to luxury beach houses. Prices start at A$89 per night to A$990 for the whole accommodation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Coogee Beach suitable for swimming?

Coogee Beach is suitable for swimming. It features calm waters and sandy shoreline, making it a great spot for a swim. However, it’s always a good idea to check the current conditions and any warnings from lifeguards before entering the water.

Is there parking available at Coogee Beach?

There is ample parking available at Coogee Beach. You can park your car in the designated parking areas near the beach, and parking is usually free of charge. However, during peak times or on busy weekends, the parking areas can fill up quickly, so it’s advisable to arrive early.