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What a summer we’re having, dominated by the relentless blue canopy of sky, searing sun, the cooling ocean … and by our good fortune to be in WA as the world is racked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cottesloe Beach was busy early on Saturday morning with swimmers and supporters who turned out for the Cottesloe Classic Mile ocean swim — back for its 37th year.

From the 400m race for novices and juniors to the 3km open water swim, the races are organised by Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club.

Then comes the 2km Swanny Ocean Classic from Cottesloe to Swanbourne on February 6.

Cottesloe Beach.
Camera IconCottesloe Beach. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

On other days, on other beaches, even in the Metro area, we can easily find space and even solitude.

On Leighton Beach on a blindingly sunny weekday, a blue beach umbrella matches exactly the colour of the water. On the otherwise-deserted beach, a couple sit in its solid circle of shade as their dog stands by.

And then it is flipped inside out by the sea breeze, and they stand and grapple with it.

The beach just north of here is protected by offshore reef, but a game changer for many summer swimmers has been the netting of beaches at:

  • Cottesloe.
  • Coogee Beach, south of Fremantle.
  • Sorrento Beach, Joondalup.
  • Quinns Beach, Wanneroo.
  • Busselton foreshore.
  • Old Dunsborough Beach.
  • Middleton Beach, Albany.

But, all of a sudden, the end of summer family holidays is in sight. School starts in two weeks, on February 3.

And, in Saturday’s Travel liftout, we’ll continue to celebrate the simple pleasures of Summer in WA.

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