Life is busy, and it can often be hard to find time to exercise however, dedicating a little time each week to exercising outdoors will not only alleviate stress it will also improve your mental wellbeing, self-esteem and make you feel more connected to those around you.
Many people associate being in nature with spending time alone. So, it might surprise you that being in nature actually helps you feel more connected to your community. Researchers think this is because being in nature fosters feelings of empathy, love, and belonging. So, what are you waiting for? Redefine your work / life balance and get out and explore the fantastic trails in Western Australia.
We’ve pulled together a list of our top five trails within 30 minutes of the Perth CBD for you to discover this weekend.
Zamia Trail, Bold Park | 5.1km | Bush Walk
Just under 20 minutes from Perth CBD Bold Park is a must visit at any time of year. Within minutes you’ll be out of the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounded by nature.
The Zamia Trail is the longest trail within Bold Park. Starting at the Reabold Hill Carpark the trail is spectacular at dawn or dusk, and there’s a huge array of native flora and fauna to see, including wildflowers in the spring. There are fantastic views of both the coastline and city and multiple lookouts on the east and west sides of the loop.
It’s the perfect place to unwind and reconnect after a busy day in the office.
Karda Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs | 10.6km | Bush Walk or Cycle
Just minutes from the CBD The Karda Bidi, depicted with the Monitor Lizard on directional marking is 10.6km long and starts with a stroll through King's Park before following the Swan River foreshore. This enthralling walking trail is fairly level, and normally takes a few hours. Enjoy the views of the Swan River (Derbal Yarrigan) as you allow the history to captivate your imagination.
There are cafes along the route where one can enjoy a cold drink or a bite to eat. Read about the history of the settlers, as well as the local Aboriginal people, the Noongars.
Kuljak Island Walk, Ascot | 2.6km | Bush Walk
This little relatively unknown island is a favourite with locals, and under 30 minutes from Perth CBD.
Kuljak Island, meaning “Black Swan” was once a waste tip is now a thriving sanctuary and home to many species including the Australian Pelican, Black Swans, Cormorants, Herons and turtles.
Please note there are no toilet or BBQ facilties on the island and being a wildlife sanctuary, fishing is not permitted, and dogs must be on a leash.
Lagoon to Living Streams Walk, Canning River Park | 4.8km | Urban Walk
Walk among the sheoak, paperbarks and flooded gums along the Canning River, on this delightful trail, full of wildlife and river views.
The trail follows the Canning River Reserve from the Riverton Bridge where the river begins to widen, through the Bicentennial Adenia Reserve upstream to Bannister Creek, a tributary of Canning River. The fringing vegetation along both rivers act as important wildlife corridors, connecting remnant bushland of the urban landscape.
Windan Bridge Loop, East Perth | 6.2km | Urban Walk/ Cycle
Walk or hop on your bikes and take follow the Windan Bridge Loop along the banks of the beautiful Swan River. This trail takes you past Herrison Island, playgrounds near Optus Stadium and East Perth with its galleries, public art and cafés. You can shorten the trail by crossing at Matagarup bridge.
Featuring diverse wildlife from birds and fish to river dolphins and even the odd bull shark, the river is an integral part of Perth’s identity. Ranging from the wide estuary in and around the city, to the narrower bush lined river upstream.