“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
– The Wizard of Oz
Think you’re trapped in suburbia? Think again. While winter may be a time people escape Perth, there’s still plenty to discover close to home, even if you’re short on time.
So when the rain clouds disappear for a couple of hours, why not check out these hidden Perth sanctuaries and get amongst the goodness!
Take in 360 degree views of Perth along the raised boardwalk of Reabold Hill, before choosing from a variety of graded walking trails. Bold Park is one of the largest remaining bushland areas in the urban surrounds of Perth. It’s hard to believe the urban jungle is only minutes away as you descend along the Zamia Trail; a 5km walk starting at Reabold Hill. Feel energised as you work those legs on your return, Reabold Hill is around 85 metres above sea level. The perfect way to work up an appetite. You’ll find a great spot to refuel just a short drive away at Someday Coffee Co, in Floreat.
Canning River Regional Park
When you need a spritz of Mother Nature’s clean air, why not grab a canoe and take in some spectacular views not far from your own back door. Rivergods Kayak Adventures run half day tours in this area, which is beautiful and calm thanks to the surrounding trees and narrow river banks. More of a land lover? Take in the sights of this heavenly oasis, via one of four walking trails, varying in length from 1.5km to 6km. There’s also an onsite café for those rumbling bellies which offers a beautiful selection of health inspired food. With an ethos of simplicity, the Canning River Café is passionate about helping you reconnect to what matters most, you and your nature loving companions.
It seems so obvious but when was the last time you really took the time to explore this iconic and picturesque part of Perth? If you’re short on time, the Bushland Nature Trail is a great little escape. Of course, if you’re looking for more than just a leisurely stroll, the Kokoda track is for you. With a vertical rise of 62 metres and 150 steep steps, you can rest assured you have your daily workout covered. Not too far from either option is the elevated walk among the tree tops. This offers a truly unique perspective of the city skyline, allowing you to reframe your thoughts, away from the rat race. The Botanical Café offers a great selection of food, or why not pack a picnic? There’s plenty to enjoy about this place of inspiration.
Gooseberry Hill National Park
Gooseberry Hill is about a 10 minute drive from Perth Airport. You can bypass the jetlag but don’t miss this opportunity to venture into the unique time zone of the Perth Hills to recharge your batteries. As far as scenic drives go, Zig Zag Trail is nature’s rollercoaster. It’s a narrow winding road with a sheer drop on one side and the views are spectacular! With the city skyline glimmering in the distance, discover a variety of walking trails in and around this panoramic scene. Follow Helena Pipehead’s gravel road which loops around the southern bank of the Helena River, taking you down a couple of steep rocky paths over a distance of 5.2kms. Only a short drive away is the entrance to The Bibbulmun Track, stretching a whopping 1000km from Kalamunda to Albany; clearly this walk isn’t for the faint hearted! Although there are a few short walks to be enjoyed with some careful planning. A grand adventure wouldn’t be complete without a happy tummy, so don’t miss The Haynes Street Larder (literally!). This tiny but mighty place is a healthy haven for foodies and it’s conveniently located in the town of Kalamunda. Tuck into a turmeric tonic, grab a gluten free treat or simply warm your belly with a super soulful soup.
A little wander through Moondyne Gardens may have you feeling like you’re, “not in Kansas anymore”. This hip hideaway of Perth offers up vegan food, at a cosy place called The ‘Pear’fect Pantry. You may also be tempted by their wide selection of cupcakes, and just a short walk away, you’ll find the tranquillity of Herdsman Lake. Think you know Perth? With a crazy array of bird life and a down south vibe, you may be surprised to think you hadn’t even scratched the surface! Feel refreshed after experiencing this wonderful change of scenery. The trail encircling the lake is a distance of 8kms but choose your own adventure, there’s plenty of little spots to stop a while and enjoy the view.
Photo Credit: @veggiestalker
Now with your lungs full of nature’s clean air and your mind in a state of zen, click your heels together three times and repeat after me, “there’s no place like home”.
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