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Starting point

The starting point is the main beach area at Cottesloe, in front of the iconic Indiana Tea house building. There is plenty of carparking here but much of the parking on the beach front of it is time limited. Parking on the side streets is less likely to be time limited.

Getting there using public transport 

The best way to get to the start using public transport is to first catch the Fremantle line train and get off at Cottesloe train station. From the Station catch the 102 bus, which will take you to the beach front and starting point.

Turn around point

The turn around point is the main beach area at Port Beach. 

Getting back to the start from the turn around point – if you don’t want to do an out-and-back walk

The best way to get back to the start using public transport is to first walk and cross over the Port Beach Road at the traffic lights and head away from the beach down Tydeman Road, taking the path on the south-side of the road. It’s a walk of about 1km to Queen Victoria Street and follow the path next to the slip road heading south and there is a bus stop after about 100m along Queen Victoria street. Take the 103 bus heading north along Queen Victoria Street, which becomes Stirling Highway. Get of the bus at the main shopping centre at Cottesloe (near the corner of Leake Street). Walk down Napoleon Street about 160m and turn right and the train station is about 40m ahead. This is the terminus for the 102 bus which will take you back to the start.

Summary of the walk

Figure 1 below shows the route. The total one-way distance is 4.86 km, making it a 9.72 km out and back walk. 

Figure 1


Water and toilets

Any toilet blocks are noted below in the text initalics. These are also sources of potable water. Any additional drinking water taps and showers are also noted initalics.

Walking guide

There are plenty of toilets, showers and drinking taps, as well as cafesat the starting point. Head south along either the upper path from in front of Indiana’s or the lower paths between the grassed area and the beach. The path goes around the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, and just after the path bends back towards Marine Terrace take the path going off to the right. This path leads to a large sun dial clock (Plate 1), passed a large sculpture/public art (Plate 2) and back on to the main path running parallel to Marine Terrace at the northern end of a carpark.

Plate 1: The sun dial clock

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Plate 2: the large sculpture/public art near the sun dial

For the next nearly 1.0km the path runs next to Marine Terrace with sweeping views over the ocean (Plate 3). There are several showers along this stretch of the walk as well as some pieces of public art (Plate 4).

Plate 3: Views from the path that runs next to Marine Terrace (looking north). 

Plate 4: An example of the public art along the path that runs next to Marine Terrace

After about 1km, as you approach the south Cottesloe Groyne, the path bend right away from the road around a dune and then back next to Marine Terrace. After another 500m the paths bends right away from Marine Terrace and after another 270m there is a set of steps leading up to a lookout (Plate 5) - the Vlamingh Memorial (Plate 6) is easily visible next to the steps, which commemorates the landing of Willem de Vlamingh party in January 5 1697 on Cottesloe Beach.

Plate 5: View from the lookout at the site of the Vlamingh Memorial

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Plate 6: The Vlamingh Memorial

Continue south from the look out down the steps and along a sand track (Plate 7) which after 100m ends at a set of wooded steps (Plate 8). 

Plate 7: The sand track south of the lookout, looking north

Plate 8: Where the sand track meets the wooden steps, looking north

Head up the steps onto a concrete path that runs on the coast side of a carpark, parallel to Curtin Ave. This section of the walk has sweeping views of the ocean (Plate 9) and continues for about 1km, where the path and road separate. There are no drinking taps along this section of the walk.

Plate 9: Views from the section of the walk that runs parallel to Curtin Ave (looking north)

After about 350m, the path comes out at a grassed area (Plate 10) which is part of the Leighton Beach commercial and recreational node. There are toilets, showers, drinking taps and cafes here.

Plate 10: The grassed area at the Leighton Beach commercial and recreational node

The path continues south of here around a carpark and then rejoins and runs next to coastal Port Beach Road for about 400m reaching the northern end of the main carpark at Port Beach. Continue passed the café/restaurant, and the turnaround point is the toilet blockopposite the traffic lights (Plate 11).

Plate 11: The toilet block at Port Beach – the turnaround point

Garry Middle, February 2018.