Melville (aka ''Applecross'') is a good spot for beginners and those seeking flat water. Although the winds can be quite gusty, the shallow water offers safety for those not independent just yet. This location is easily accessible from Perth. Two schools operate in this area: Soulkite and Seabreeze kitesurfing school.
Please note: this location guide is a guide for kitesurfing spots in Perth and other parts of Western Australia. This is NOT a list of where our school operates from. KiteBud conducts lessons ONLY from Pinnaroo Point in Hillarys.
🧭 Wind Compass
S: A common afternoon wind direction especially during the hottest parts of summer (January-February). On very hot summer days, due South winds are often weaker in strength and may arrive later in the afternoon.
SSW: The most common afternoon wind direction during the summer months in Perth (October-April). This wind direction allows you to get away from the shore but also come back to shore easily.
SW: A true South-West breeze happens on occasions during the summer months. This wind direction is ideal for this location.
WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW, N: These winds will blow predominantly during winter (May-September) and are not recommended for beginners. Winter winds are usually generated by storm fronts and can be unpredictable, gusty and on-shore.
NNE, NE, ENE, E, ESE, SE, SE, SSE: These winds will take you off-shore at this location and must be avoided by all kitesurfers.
⚠️ Dangers and Restrictions
- Launch and land within the 3 yellow buoys
- Keep the kite over the water to avoid accidents
- Stay away from buoys
- Keep 200m distance from shore once in the water
- Narrow launching
- 2 kitesurfing schools operating from this location
- No kitesurfing on onshore winds
- Do not park on the grass
- Keep kitesurfing equipment off the cycle path
- Beginner friendly
- Flat water
- Close to the city
- Gusty winds over 20 knots
- High risk of accident on land
- Narrow launching zone
- Sea breezes may arrive later and be weaker than in ocean locations
- Heavy traffic