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CITY TO THE SEA
A shared path for cycling and walking,
the city-to-sea track follows a series
of reserves and parks from Perth to
City Beach. The route takes about 45
minutes from east to west, but we’re
willing to bet that the Underwood
Avenue hill ascent makes the other
direction just a bit longer.
As well as the cycle trails within the park,
there are also tracks that lead there
from nearby suburbs. Try the leisurely
25-minute ride from Matilda Bay Reserve
via Mounts Bay Road.
The Swan and Canning Rivers are
surrounded by 50km of shared paths,
making them ideal for a scenic cycle.
The best bit: the view of the Swan River
from Windan Bridge on the 5.5km Perth
to Maylands leg, followed by a coffee on
The 55km costal stretch between
Sorrento and Coogee is another lengthy
scenic trip that can easily be broken
into shorter legs. Take care around
Swanbourne, where the Campbell
Barracks take you from the shared coast
path to the road.
The Yellagonga bushland around
Lake Joondalup is a great option for
a family ride. The track is flat, and
there are plenty of barbecues, picnic
spots and playgrounds to stop at. Plus
you’ll see native birds – an estimated
120+ species inhabit the park.
KALAMUNDA CIRCUIT | Built
following recommendations from local
mountain bikers, the Kalamunda Circuit
is the real deal – an internationally
recognised 22km trail best suited for
riders of intermediate to advanced skill
levels. Highlights include the Camakazi
trail, considered the best in Perth; Rocky
Balboa, a challenging technical climb;
and Muffin Tops, a fast downhill with
tabletop jumps. Park at the nearby
Calamunnda Camel Farm and enjoy
a scone after your ride. Beelu National
SHAKE, RATTLE N ROLL | Not
confident to go out on your own? Try
Shake, Rattle n Roll, a short loop track
and skills area. The track has signs
before each obstacle, explaining the
best way to tackle each one – you’ll be
tearing it up in no time. Paulls Valley
Road, Paulls Valley.
GOAT FARM MOUNTAIN BIKE
PARK | A fully designed mountain bike
park, Goat Farm is an ideal stop for
riders wanting some practice. Beginner
options include the 4X trail and the Skills
Park, great for perfecting new tricks.
Winter’s the best time for the Goat Farm
– its lack of shade can make summer
riding unbearable. 12831 Great Eastern
MUNDA BIDDI TRAIL | This 1000km,
world-class track runs from Mundaring
to Albany. It’s easily accessible by car
and there are campsites along the route.
The trail features vast areas of unspoiled
bushland and if you keep your eyes
peeled you’ll spot rarely sighted native
wildlife. Sculpture Park, Mundaring.
LAKE LESCHENAULTIA | A great school
holiday option, Lake Leschenaultia offers
barbecue and camping facilities, as well
Mountain biking in
WA Mount Bike Trail Guide).
SKYDIVE THE BEACH AND BEYOND | Australia’s largest skydiving centre offers
jumps from Perth, Rockingham, and York (the York base was formerly known as Skydive
Express). Winter’s the best time for a York jump – the views of the lush Avon Valley
are incredible. Various locations.
WA SKYDIVING ACADEMY | Feeling charitable? You can jump here for free by
registering your fundraising campaign, and raising a minimum of $500. Raise the stakes
with a 4500m jump – the highest drop in WA. Hangar 1, 2 Mustang Road, Jandakot.
Riding the Kalamunda Circuit.
as an easy 5km bike trail. Brave the cold
with a post-ride swim – the trail starts at
the lake. Rosedale Road, Chidlow.
LANGFORD PARK | This track offers
a range of different trails, suitable
for a variety of skill levels, all joined by
a short track called The Spine. Highlights
include Lovers Lane, for beginners; The
Fox, for those who like a challenge; and
the free barbecue areas, for those who
like a post-ride feed. Langford Park,
Nettleton Road, Jarrahdale.
TURNER HILL | There are plenty of
options at Turner Hill, making it perfect
for people who can’t quite make up
their minds. The main trail is 11km, the
shortcut track an easier 5km, and there’s
also a 1.1km kids’ trail. Still undecided?
Visit the nearby Marrinup track in the
same day. Scarp Road, Dwellingup.
FORSYTHS MILL | Take the family to
Forsyths Mill – its 5.6km track takes less
than an hour to complete, and there
are no major climbs (read: avoid that
humiliating dismount-and-push combo).
There’s also a shorter kids’ trail – turn
right when the trail forks near the car
park. There’s no drinking water available,
so make sure to pack bottled water.
Corner Great Eastern Highway and
Gorrie Road, Sawyers Valley.
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