Explore Perth By SUP
Perth has to be the perfect city in the world for stand up paddle boarding, right? Whether you’re a beginner or boff (or somewhere in between), Perth has the ideal SUP spot for you.
From protected bays and calm, flat water for carefree cruising to open seas and swells for a more challenging paddle, the city is a paddler’s dream. What’s more, most places are within easy striking distance, so there’s no reason not to add some variety to your SUP life!
There are plenty of places to SUP around Perth.
Ocean SUP Spots
The iconic Port Beach, with the colourful stacks of the containers you can see and feel the energy of this fantastic working port! A stunning place to paddle.
A 5 minute drive from Fremantle. With ample parking, easy access to the beach, rolling greens lawn, playground and BBQ facilities, this location ticks all the boxes. The water at South Beach is a fabulous spot to find your sea legs on your SUP as the water is a little calmer than the beaches on the northern side of Fremantle.
Coogee Beach/Omeo Shipwreck Dive trail
If you haven’t been here yet- what are you waiting for? The best vantage point is on a stand up paddle board! SUP’s must watch out for and give way to swimmers and divers in the water. You can paddle up to the jetty at Coogee beach and grab a coffee at the café!
With its crystal clear waters, grassy banks and soaring Norfolk pines flanking the iconic Indiana Teahouse, Cottesloe Beach is instantly recognisable around the world as one of Perth’s finest beaches. It’s also recognised as a hub of SUP surfing in Perth, with a number of different breaks which cater for paddlers of all skill levels including beginners. The groyne and reef provide protection and the relatively small waves are usually consistent and predictable.
River SUP Spots Around Perth
If you are still a beginner and feel more comfortable paddling flat water, we are spoilt for choice here in Perth.
South Perth Foreshore
If spectacular views float your boat, then you need to get your SUP down to the South Perth foreshore ASAP! Light winds and flat waters invite paddlers to explore the scenic surrounds that stretch from the Narrows Bridge in the west to Ellam Street in the east. Four kilometres of river frontage includes parks, reserves, man-made beaches and of course, sensational cityscapes across the Swan making the South Perth foreshore one of our top picks for a leisurely SUP outing.
The calm waterways around East Perth offer paddlers a unique perspective on the city’s scenic contrasts. Your adventure will take you past the impressive Optus Stadium and the soaring Matagarup Bridge, through the European ambience of Claisebrook Cove with its riverside apartments and restaurants and around the natural beauty of Heirisson Island with its small lagoon and secluded picnic spots and past peaceful riverside parks and reserves.
Bicton Baths and Point Walter, Bicton
Weather and water conditions can be a little challenging at this location – especially when the Freo doctor comes in – but in the early mornings and on calm days, the secluded bay is perfect for a leisurely paddle. Launch your paddle at Bicton Baths and head north east for a spectacular view of the cliffs at Blackwall Reach en route to the sandbar at Point Walter. If the South Wester gets a little challenging, head around the corner to the area around the jetty at Point Walter where there’s more protection from the wind.
This tranquil location on the Canning River between Watersby Crescent and Beatrice Avenue is one of Perth’s best kept secrets. Beginners will love the calm, flat waters in the bay north east of the jetty while the return trip to Canning Bridge offers intermediate and advanced paddlers with an enjoyable challenge. Remember to keep an eye out for dolphins as this is one of their favourite spots too! There’s also a toilet block, playground and a gazebo (for a post paddle picnic) nearby.
Great Beginner SUP Spots in Perth
Freshwater Bay, Peppermint Grove
‘Freshies’ is a great place for newbies to start their SUP adventure. A picture-perfect backdrop of rolling green lawns, giant fig trees, manicured mansions, moored yachts and the occasional dolphin gliding in the water make it a safe, calm and beautiful environment for SUPing. Plus there’s a great cafe nearby for a well-earned drink or meal afterwards!
Matilda Bay, Crawley
Matilda Bay is a great option for a peaceful paddle. The tree-lined bay is usually fairly protected from the wind and there are plenty of easy launch spots. Head left to paddle past UWA towards scenic Mounts Bay Road whilst a right turn will take you towards Pelican Point and the Nedlands foreshore.