THINGS TO DO AT WA BEACHES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

Swim­ming and snorkelling: WA's clear wa­ters, is­lands, var­ied marine life and ship­wrecks make snorkelling a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity. From next year, the Tourism Coun­cil will trial swim­ming with hump­back whales at Nin­ga­loo Reef.

Kite and wind surf­ing: WA is one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in the world thanks to its con­sis­tent con­di­tions. Leighton Beach and Wood­man Point are pop­u­lar lo­cal spots.

Fish­ing: With more than 12,000km of coast­line, there is no short­age of wa­ter for keen fish­ers to reel in some­thing good. The North Mole in Fre­man­tle, Wood­man Point and South Rock Wall in Hil­larys are pop­u­lar metro spots. Whale watch­ing: Western Aus­tralia's whale watch­ing sea­son runs from May to De­cem­ber, one of the long­est sea­sons in the world. Reg­u­lar tours leave out of Fre­man­tle and Hil­larys.

Sea Kayak­ing: Sea kayak­ing is an easy way to get closer to WA's marine life, visit our World Her­itage-listed marine parks or go for a leisurely pad­dle. A sea kayak­ing trip to Pen­guin Is­land, near Rock­ing­ham, can bring you face to face with pen­guins and rare Aus­tralian sea li­ons. Surf­ing/body­board­ing: WA has some of the best surf breaks in the world for pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs. While Mar­garet River is con­sid­ered our state's surf­ing hotspot, Trigg Beach, Scar­bor­ough and Cottes­loe pro­vide more lo­cal op­tions.

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