ACTON Suburb Profile – Cottesloe

Aerial View of Cottesloe Perth

Famed for its relaxed, beach-side location, the suburb of Cottesloe is an ideal location for those who want to easily access both urban and natural attractions in Perth. The entire suburb spans four kilometres, and in terms of real estate, it is characterised by its unique mix of historic and ultra-modern properties.

So, if you’re thinking of relocating to this iconic Perth suburb, read on for a list of must-visit spots, vibrant events and a background of how this area first came to be.

History of Cottesloe

Cottesloe was named after the 1st Baron Cottesloe – a successful politician who was also the brother of Sir Charles Fremantle, the namesake of another iconic suburb in Perth. Established in 1886, the suburb of Cottesloe earned its popularity for its close proximity to the ocean, as the sea breeze was considered to do wonders for people’s health.

Moving forward to the 1980’s, when the Perth to Fremantle railway line was finalised, Cottesloe became more popular than ever. Following the Great Depression, a housing boom cemented Cottesloe’s residents and providing plenty of opportunity for new homeowners to find their perfect property. And today, the suburb reflects the same opportunity.

Things To Do in Cottesloe

  • Explore Cottesloe Beach

Stretching one and a half kilometres long, Cottesloe Beach is known for its pure white sand, idyllic pockets for swimming, snorkelling and surfing, and relaxed grass areas perfect for catching an iconic Perth sunset. There are a number of trendy eateries around the beach area, including The Blue Duck, Barchetta or the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. The area is also lined with delis and coffee shops for those that prefer an early morning ocean dip.

For art lovers, Cottesloe Beach is also home to one of Australia’s most famous public art exhibitions: Sculptures by the Sea. Read on for more information about this iconic, free exhibition.

  • Join the queue at North Street Store or Daisies

There are a few quaint cafes that line the suburban streets of Cottesloe. North Street Store and Daisies have fast become Cottesloe institutions thanks to their quirky social media presence, outstanding coffee blend and inventive menus of breakfast goods. North Street Store’s cinnamon scrolls are so famous, in fact, that they’ve become local stockists for a number of cafes in the greater Perth area.

Bring a picnic rug and be prepared for a bit of a wait – as both of these cafes are no longer local secrets, and can see massive crowds come through, particularly on weekends. But fear not, it’ll be well worth the wait once you’ve got a coffee and treat in hand.

  • Tee off at Cottesloe Golf Club

The Cottesloe Golf Club was formed in 1908 and has progressed to its current recognition as one of the finest tests of golf ability in all of Western Australia. As a result, membership is at capacity and applications for membership at the club have been unavailable for several years. So, if you’ve got a friend or neighbour who is currently a member, you’ll be eligible for a guest pass and will have the chance to check out the course for yourself. Recent events held at the club include the Amateur Golf Championships of Australia and the Australian Junior Interstate Series.

  • Grab a plate at Sal’s Pasta Deli

The owner and manager of this quaint Italian deli is Sal, who created the store after a residency in Florence, Italy. The store is well-stocked with all of the Italian ingredients you could ever need and is also the perfect dinner spot if you have a hankering for hand-made pasta, soup or other Italian specialties. Plus, if you’re lucky, Sal may give you a demonstration of how his prestigious pasta machine works.

Annual Events in Cottesloe

  • Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach

Sculptures by the Sea is a free, annual exhibition held in March that transforms the sand and grass areas of Cottesloe Beach into a stunning public art gallery. The exhibition features an eclectic mix of new and established artists, who produce over 70 sculptures for the display period. An average of 240,000 descend on Cottesloe Beach for this popular exhibition – that is also featured on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney. Don’t forget your camera when you visit!

  • Cottesloe Film Festival at Cottesloe Civic Centre

This film festival takes place during certain weekends in January and February and was launched in 2017 with the aim of bringing world-class cinema picks to the suburb of Cottesloe. Attracting close to 3,000 people each year, the film festival is held at the open-air Civic Centre and features local food and drink options, live music and a licensed bar alongside the program of blockbusters from across the world. It’s one of the most unique chances you’ll have to unwind under the iconic Norfolk pine trees that Cottesloe is so famous for.

  • Rottnest Channel Swim at Cottesloe Beach

Another iconic event on the Cottesloe social calendar is the annual Rottnest Channel Swim, spanning 19.7 kilometres from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Highly regarded across the world, this open water swim unofficially began in 1956 when Gerd von Dincklage became the first person to complete a recorded crossing of the Rottnest Channel. Since then, the event has attracted thousands of swimmers, support crews and spectators to Cottesloe’s shoreline to view the swimmers set off each February.

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