Beach safety

Beach patrols

Sorrento, Hillarys and Mullaloo beaches are the most visited within the City. The Sorrento and Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Clubs provide lifeguard patrols on weekends and public holidays, while midweek lifeguard patrols are provided by the City in conjunction with Surf Life Saving WA. For more information and to view the beach patrol times visit:

Sorrento Beach enclosure

The Sorrento Beach Enclosure is located at Sorrento Beach, south of the Hillarys Boat Harbour. The enclosure allows swimmers to enter the water with reduced risk of encountering a shark. The beach is patrolled during normal patrol hours.

Due to the current condition of the beach enclosure and recent storm events the City is unable to guarantee that the enclosure will restrict the entry of marine life, possibly including sharks, into the swimming area. The City advises that, as with all other beaches, you swim at your own risk.

At its November 2020 meeting, Joondalup Council unanimously resolved to remove the Sorrento Beach enclosure due to the compromised integrity of the structure.

Removal of the existing structure is likely to commence on Monday 23 November 2020. Some sections of the beach will not be available for use by the public during this time.

The City will investigate options for the provision of a replacement enclosure. This will enable the City to adequately investigate and plan appropriately to implement a new enclosure, aided by the lessons learnt from the Sorrento Beach enclosure.

Shark safety

Keep informed of the latest reported sighting and tagged shark detection information by checking the Shark Activity Map or follow the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. The Shark Activity Map provides beach users with ‘real time’ information on reported sightings and tagged shark detections, as well as access to Surf Life Saving WA’s twitter feed and current alerts and warnings issued by the Department of Fisheries.

Remember the map shows available information – not all sharks are tagged, or sightings reported so make sure you swim between the flags and follow the shark safety tips.

Help others be informed by reporting shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response.