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Preston Beach; perfection south of Perth

Preston beach is a incredible beach just over an hour away from Perth. It is open to 4WD’s, is well known for good fishing and has a range of accommodation options not far from the beach. It’s one of the closest Perth Beach Driving opportunities

Preston Beach on the Go Pro

What a beach!

About Preston Beach

Preston Beach is a very small town with a general store, a number of holiday homes and a gorgeous beach. It is extremely popular, and for good reason! From Perth, it is a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes away, making it the perfect location for a day, weekend or even a week!

Preston Beach 4WD

Driving onto the beach

Getting to Preston

With the new Forrest highway, getting to Preston Beach is extremely quick and direct. Head south down the Kwinana Freeway, which eventually joins onto Forrest highway. Keep going down past this, and just after it meets the old coast road you can turn off to the right, and drive a few km’s into the town.

Preston Beach 4WD

If you have a 4WD, Preston Beach is a great place to visit. You can drive both north and south, and enjoy endless, clean beach. In fact, you can get onto the beach at Tim’s Thicket (when the tide is up) or White Hills, and drive all the way south to Preston, Myalup, Binningup and then exit at Buffalo road. It is a great place to do a bit of four wheel driving, but the beach can be reasonably soft at times.

Make sure you understand beach driving tyre pressures, what needs to be done if you get stuck and if you are new to the 4WD game, bring a friend!

4WD on beach bogged

If you don’t deflate properly expect to get stuck!

Preston Beach Camping

Despite what you may have heard, camping on Preston Beach is not permitted, and you will get a fine from the ranger if you do the wrong thing. A lot of people ‘fish all night’ with a tent set up behind them, and will get away with it, but technically its a no go. If you want somewhere to camp, head down to Belvidere, or to a Caravan Park nearby.

Belvidere camping

Belvidere is a great camp site not too far away

Fishing at Preston Beach

If you can’t catch fish at Preston, you aren’t trying hard enough. During the day herring and whiting (decent sized ones too) are extremely common. As the sun sets, tailor, mulloway, big stingrays and even sharks are reasonably common. Being such a long beach you can drive as far as you want until you have plenty of space around you, and look for the gutters or ground you prefer.

Accommodation at Preston Beach

Preston Beach does not have a Caravan Park. However, it does have a number of holiday homes and a resort. There are plenty of nearby places that you can stay at too, including Waroona, Myalup Beach and Binningup.

Camping at Preston Beach

Camping on the beach itself is not permitted (what a shame!). However, if you want to camp you can at a DEC campsite known as Martins Tank. To get there, simply drive towards Preston Beach. When you are close to town the road turns left at about 90 degrees, with a gravel road continuing straight on.

If you drive down that for about 15 minutes you will see a sign pointing to the campsite. I must say I was quite impressed with the facility, and at $7 per night you wouldn’t complain.

Preston Beach water

Perfect for swimming

If you want to head further south, Belvidere is another great place you can camp at not far from the beach. 

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4 comments… add one
  • Braydos Paz February 2, 2015, 12:15 AM

    Are you aloud to ride registered quad bikes on the beach

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia February 3, 2015, 8:16 PM

    Hi Braydos. I don’t believe you are; but you’d be best off phoning the local ranger to confirm. Have a good one mate!

  • Mark Atkins January 23, 2021, 7:35 PM

    Me and the boy went today and obviously didn’t try hard enough as we never had a bite. To be fair it was mega windy. Other than that had a ball. Wished people would take their rubbish,with them as it’s not hard.
    Let our tyres down to 18psi and had no problems in the sand.
    Will definitely visit again soon and probably do a litter run too.☺️

  • Aaron Schubert January 23, 2021, 7:42 PM

    Hey Mark,

    Sunset and sunrise tend to be the best, although you can get herring and whiting all day too if the conditions are right.

    Yep, some people are feral and need a solid fine given to them.

    All the best

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