Perth is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and to be honest, she’s been tempting us lately with blue skies and brisk mornings that make way for surprisingly toasty sunshine filled afternoons. Yep, spring is in the air and it’s got us itching to get outdoors and explore Perth all over again.
So with that in mind, these are our five fave spots to explore Perth (and they’re even Bugaboo friendly).
One of Perth’s best kept secrets, Bold Park is home to over 1000 species of flora, fauna and funghi, 15 kilometers of walking trails and stunning views. If you really need to stretch your legs the Zamia Trail is for you. This five kilometer stroll takes around one and a half hours to complete and begins and ends at Reabold Hill, where you’ll want to spend a few minutes taking in the 360 degree views of Perth. Keep an eye out for birds, bats and possums!
Zig Zag Trail
Head out on an adventure to one of Perth’s lesser known parts of town, where you’ll find a six kilometer return scenic walking, cycling and driving route—the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail. Zigging and zagging its way down the escarpment, the trail, which was once used to transport timber up and down the very steep Darling Range, offers sweeping views over Perth and a whole lot of adventure. The best bit—upon completion you can head to one of these awesome Hills cafes to refuel.
Bells Rapid Walk Trail
Home of bubbling rivers, grey kangaroos and the Avon Decent, the Bells Rapid Walk Trail is one of the best places to get your adventure on in Perth. Set out on the three kilometer Goat Walk and about half way through keep your eyes peeled for the Buttock Boulder on your right. When you finish up you might want to head over to one of our favourite Swan Valley wineries to reward yourself.
Wadjemup Walk Trail
If the 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle isn’t enough adventure for you, the 9.4 kilometer Wadjemup Trail might be the kind of escapade you’re looking for. When you arrive in Thompson’s Bay set out along the beach towards the Kingstown Barracks, before chucking a right towards the historic WWII Bickley Battery. Venture up towards Jubilee Observation Point where you can take in 360 degree views of the island, before stopping by The Osprey Beachcomber sculpture on the way to Henrietta Rocks. The trail finishes up at the Oliver Hill Battery where you can take a guided tour of the site or hop on the Captain Hussey Train back to the Settlement.
The Hills are alive with loads of adventure, including the kick-off point for the 1000 kilometer Bibulmun Track. Traversing all the way from Kalamunda to Albany, the entire hike usually takes around six to eight weeks to complete, but you can also walk small sections of the trail if you’re not willing to use up a year and a half of annual leave on walking, we like the 7.4 kilometer section between Mundaring Weir Hotel and the Golden View lookout.
Image credit: Nancy Hanna at Bold Park
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