Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

Whether you love to swim, play or walk with your family, the Watermans Bay area is a lovely spot to spend a sunny day. You’d never know the little beach with neighbouring playground was there unless you walk past, it’s very well hidden from the road. The (almost) secret spot is perfect for a play and a swim with very young children as the waters are shallow and sheltered, the playground is fenced and gated – so can easily keep those little runaways at bay!

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

The Beach

Entry to the beach is by playground, down a set of concrete stairs to a magical, rocky cove. We visited on a warm summer’s morning and there were babies playing in the sand, toddlers paddling and older kid’s snorkelling and swimming.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

The water is shallow and calm (depending on weather conditions) as it is surrounded by protective reef.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

Quite a few parents had set up umbrellas and other shady canopies, which is a great idea.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

It’s a conservation area, so there’s lots of marine life to see for snorkelers.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

There’s a carpark to the south of the playground. You can easily miss the downhill turning, as the car park is hidden from the main road.

Enjoy a takeaway coffee and bite to eat from The Little Bay, a new café just a hop skip and jump across West Coast Highway. The bustling spot has a handy takeaway window.

The Playground

The fully fenced, gated and shaded playground overlooks the clear blue waters of Watermans Bay. Making it a stunning place for a picnic or make use of the BBQ facilities.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

The playground features a metal play frame with climbing nets and slide.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

There’s also two rockers for little ones, musical equipment, sand digger and a birds nest swing.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

There is a small grassed area around the playground, with mature trees providing shade.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

There is also a separate barbeque area with picnic tables. Near the playground there is a shower for sandy feet and water fountain too.

The Coastal Walk

The coastal footpath and cycleway along the northern beaches is a well-trodden path! We like to walk or scoot along it around the Marmion/Watermans/North Beach/Trigg areas.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

First we grab a takeaway coffee and ice chocolate for Little Chef (We recommend Little Bay or North Beach Deli).

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

Then we set off, wandering along the coast and enjoying that spectacular view over the bays, coves and Indian Ocean. It’s a fairly flat route, with a few little hills, we usually walk for 25 minutes and then turn back, covering around 3kms in that time. It’s good free fun in the great outdoors.

Watermans Bay Beach and Playground

Things to note:

There are no toilets or change room facilities at Watermans Bay.

Dogs are not allowed at both the playground area and on the beach.

Find Watermans Bay on West Coast Drive, near Margaret Street, Watermans Bay.

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About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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