Walking is our kind of vibe. It gets you moving, gets your heart rate up, and we've got some seriously stunning routes at our disposal. So, yeah, walking is our fave exercise. And, because we’re certain walking is just about everyone’s cup of tea, we’ve whipped up this handy little guide to Perth’s absolute best walks that tick off the holy trinity of walking route essentials: they’re pretty, they’re near good cafes, and dogs are more than welcome. So share this with your #Fitspo pals and prepare to get your sweat on—whoever said walking was an, er walk in the park was seriously wrong.
...and our mates at Pump are going to be at each of these locations to give walkers a taste of the brand new Pump+ Natural Electrolytes from 10 - 3:30pm on select days. If you need the deets right this very second, though, Pump+ Natural Electrolytes includes coconut water for a natural source of electrolytes (and also because, yum).
Law Walk in Kings Park has it all. The 2.5km loop takes under an hour to complete (45-minutes if you like to walk fast) and offers the best of Kings Park's views and bushland. Steep in sections, it's dog-friendly and, in parts, accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Start your walk at Kings Park Drive to make the most of those stunning city views, then follow the edge of the park around overlooking the Swan River, Matilda Bay and all of the pretty yachts. Once you get to Dryandra Lookout you can decide whether you want to return via the bush or back along the path you came from—we recommend the bush to change up your scenery a little. The loop will spit you back out at the Karri Pavilion where you should promptly head to Botanical Cafe for a well-deserved coffee. Get a taste of Pump+ here on January 6 or February 11.
East Perth To Elizabeth Quay
Exercise with a side of gelato? We’re always down for that! To get the most out of your Elizabeth Quay walk we recommend parking in East Perth off Riverside Drive and walking west towards the city so you can take in the specky views (and have a scoop of gelato halfway through your walk). Once you get to Barrack Square (home of the Bell Tower) make a left turn towards the water, turn right at the jetties and traverse across The Island and then over the Elizabeth Quay suspension bridge. Turn right when you get to William Street and follow that until you hit Geoffrey Bolton Avenue, make a pit-stop at Gusto Gelato before walking back along Riverside Drive to your car. If you walk quickly the whole thing will take an hour, but we prefer to savour the moment and enjoy the wonderful fruits of our city! Head down on January 7 or March 3 to score a taste of Pump+.
Windan Bridge Loop
Another urban walk which makes the most of our glorious river, the Windan Bridge Loop is one to try when you have a little more time up your sleeve. 6.2km in length, we advise starting at Crown Perth and setting out along the Swan towards Maylands. Check on the progress of Perth Stadium before crossing Windan Bridge and looping around past Mardalup Park, Claisebrook Cove and the Victoria Gardens. Cross back over to the Burswood side of the river via Heirisson Island (spot some grey kangaroos on your way) before heading directly to the Epicurean buffet at Crown Towers to reward yourself for your efforts.
Herdsman Lake Loop
An 8km trail, Herdsman Lake Loop is the perfect choice if you’re looking to burn a couple more calories than your regular neighbourhood stroll. Plus, it offers plenty of bird-watching action if you’re that way inclined. Trails WA recommends kicking off from the Heron Place carpark and walking in an anti-clockwise direction, but you do you. It’s definitely advisable to stop by the Olive Seymour Boardwalk during your travels for a walk among the paperbark trees. The whole thing will take you three hours to complete so bring plenty of water! Cool off with samples of Pump+ on January 20 or March 4.
Swanbourne To Cottesloe Beach
Don your best activewear and join the other activewear-clad women on one of Perth’s best walks which offers beach views and plenty of street cred. Kicking off at The Shorehouse in Swanbourne (because it’s easier to get parking there), set out southward towards Cottesloe Beach and take in the sparkling Indian Ocean views. The 1.7km walk will only take you around 20 minutes one way, so after you’ve dipped your toes in the water at Cott, turn around and burn off the long lunch you’re about to devour back at The Shorehouse. Soak up that killer view with ~free~ Pump+ on January 21 to make it that much better.
Text your walking buddy, it's on like Donkey Kong!
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Cottesloe Beach | Image credit: Louise Coghill