The beauty of Perth’s coastline doesn’t end with its beaches – there’s a whole other world of wonder just waiting to be discovered. Just grab a mask and a snorkel, and head to one of our favourite spots to get up close and personal with the magical marine life of the Indian Ocean.
If getting your face wet doesn’t appeal to you or it’s too cold to take the plunge, you can also visit AQWA – the Aquarium of Western Australia – where you can come face to face with creatures of the deep (and shallow), like sea turtles, manta rays, coral and the rare and beautiful weedy seadragon.
About 45 minutes north of Perth city, Yanchep is one of those hidden gem snorkelling spots that you’ve always dreamed about. The turquoise lagoon is perfect for a lazy snorkel or a swim, but if you’re a bit more serious then head up to the Yanchep Dog Beach and visit the reef there, where you can see everything from sea stars and octopus to sea urchins, crayfish, lionfish, anemones and pink snapper.
Perth’s best snorkelling is probably over on Rottnest Island. With 13 shipwreck sites, over 500 species of tropical fish and plenty of colourful coral, it’s the perfect place to explore WA’s fascinating underwater world. To get there, hop on the ferry and then jump on a bicycle and head south to Parker Point, the beginning of the Parker Point Marine Snorkelling Trail. You can also check out Little Armstrong Bay, Kitson Point and the shipwreck at Henrietta Rocks.