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
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!
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 tyre pressures, what needs to be done if you get stuck and if you are new to the 4WD game, bring a friend!
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.
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.
If you want to head further south, Belvidere is another great place you can camp at not far from the beach.