Cottesloe is a southern suburb of Western Australia’s capital city, Perth. It is primarily a residential suburb and has a population of around 7,500. The beach fronting Cottesloe is recognised as being one of the best in WA and its close proximity to Perth city makes it very popular at all times of the year. Dutch explorers were the first Europeans to visit the area in the 17th century but it was 1829 before a permanent settlement was established. During the Gold Rush of the 1890s, many gold barons decided to build mansions in the area and Cottesloe from then on became a prosperous address.
This picture shows Cottesloe’s iconic Norfolk Island pines, the Indiana tearoom and the beach as they stretch down to the Indian Ocean. I was able to photograph the last rays of light on the beach before facing west to capture the afterglow colours over Rottnest Island.