Is #isolife and #socialdistancing getting you down?
Feeling like you've become one with the sofa, and forgetting what the outside world looks like?
It's important to your health to keep up an exercise regime, while following Government guidelines to keep yourself and others safe - in compliance with travel restrictions, staying close to home, and with the 20-person rule (as of the time of writing - keep up to date with the WA Govt website).
The good news is, there are plenty of great places you can visit in Perth that are perfect for exploring, keeping your senses stimulated and your body in tip-top shape, as you enjoy non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Here's some of our favourite spots in Perth to explore while #socialdistancing.
Kings Park is a firm Perth favourite only a stone's throw from Perth City, attracting almost 6 million visitors per year to its diverse and gorgeous spaces, walking trails and expansive, green parklands perfect for picnics and play alike. One of the world's largest inner city parks, it's not hard to find your own space here. The park boasts sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges, as well as being home to thousands of species of WA's unique flora.
Perfect for walking, catching up with the family and keeping the kids entertained while they learn about the wonders of nature firsthand. You can even #supportlocal by grabbing some delish takeaway from Zamia Café, Stickybeaks Café or Kings Park Kiosk and enjoying a picnic in one of the beautiful grassed areas.
Perth has so many gorgeous national parks that you can enjoy while #socialdistancing, it's hard to list just one! Fortunately, we've previously compiled a list of our favourite national nature and marine parks in Perth and surrounds, with favourites like John Forrest National Park, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Yanchep National Park and more. Whether you're dreaming of striding through a waterfall walk at Hovea Falls, kayaking in Shoalwater, or enjoying the serenity of unspoiled bushland across the region, you'll find what you're looking for.
Whiteman Park is a unique conservation and recreation reserve, covering 4,000 hectares of natural bushland and leisure facilities, located just 25 minutes from the Perth CBD. While the park's attractions, facilities and tours are currently closed due to COVID-19, the parkland, The Village Café is open for takeaway, and walking trails and Children’s Forest make this attraction still very much worth a visit - and it's also free entry!
Less than an hour inland from Perth, the scenic Perth Hills encompass Armadale, Kalamunda and Mundaring, and are full of national parks to explore and walking trails to enjoy, with unspoiled natural beauty galore. They're also the starting point of the Bibbulmun Track, and while regional restrictions mean that you can't complete the entire track, there are many parts that are still within the Perth Region and ready for you to explore! Check in with the Bibbulmun Track Foundation for more information about the track and search for 'Bibbulmun Track' on our Online Events Calendar for upcoming walking events.
Perth's Beaches stretch along the glorious Sunset Coast coastline of metropolitan Perth. The spectacular evening sun setting into the Indian Ocean gives this region its name. These beaches are rarely crowded, and it's usually easy to find a quiet spot to enjoy, especially as we come into the cooler days of autumn. Whether you're picnicking on the grassy areas of beaches like Mullaloo, Sorrento or Trigg in the northern suburbs, getting fit with a beach workout, enjoying the view as you bike along the coast, or enjoying beachside fish and chips, Perth's exceptional coastline is a must-explore.
This may be a bit of an unexpected inclusion, but stargazing is a great way to enjoy yourself while #socialdistancing - just you, your family and the stars! Check out some exciting happenings coming up in the night sky for stargazing in 2020 here. The Perth Hills is a good spot to avoid light pollution, and if you live in or near the Peel Region, Lake Clifton and its stunning thrombolites make an excellent backdrop for your exploration of the universe.
If you don't feel like exploring alone, or like many of us find exercising with friends and in small groups to be a lot more fun, you'll be glad to hear that The Hike Collective is back, conducting excellent socially-distanced small group tours of some of Perth's most gorgeous natural destinations. Similarly, Off The Beaten Track WA have also recommenced their Perth Hills hiking tours, adhering to the current social distancing guidelines. Places are limited to 18 hikers, with two guides.
You can also keep your natural explorations and exercise regime going strong by participating in the free Get on Track Challenge. It involves you and your team of up to four people racing other teams as you move along a virtual track by logging your daily fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity. The more you do, the more you move - for a healthy, happy body!
We hope this list of gorgeous Perth places has whetted your appetite for exploration! For more great walking tracks and trails around Perth visit our Perth Walking Trails page.