A habitat is an area where organisms can find shelter, food and a place to have offspring. There are a variety of different types of coastal habitats around Western Australia, from the steep red cliffs in the Kimberley, mangroves in Broome, fringing coral reefs in Exmouth, shell beaches of Shark Bay and sandy beaches of Perth, to the granite coastline along the south coast. Each habitat supports a collection of coastal and marine life that are influenced by the varying environmental conditions of the area. Within the Perth metropolitan area, the two main coastal marine habitats are:

Associated marine habitats that will influence your beachcombing experience include: