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PERTH & SURROUNDS
Taking the ‘pain’ out of paintball,
laser tag offers all the fun of the real
thing, without the bruises. Laser tag
centres are popping up all over Perth,
and there’s one that will even come
to you. Here’s where you can get your
LAZER BLAZE | Shop 73 (Level
1) Southlands Shopping Centre,
Burrendah Boulevard, Willetton; Unit
2/299 Victoria Road, Malaga.
LASER CORPS | 10250 W Swan
Road, Henley Brook.
BATTLE ZONE | 892 Baldivis Road,
Baldivis; corner Nicholson and Oxley
DARKLIGHT LASER GAMES |
Unit 2/92 Winton Road, Joondalup.
MOBILE LASER QUEST | Visit
mobilelaserquest.com.au to arrange
a private laser tag event.
Fishing at Cottesloe
(photography Marc Russo).
“Surfing in winter is actually pretty good,”
says Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane. “Many
of the Perth reefs break during this time
of year, from Mandurah to Two Rocks,
including Rottnest. These places can
handle pretty much any swell size that
our winter storms serve us.” Brave
the chill at these beaches, but,
Mark says, always surf with
a buddy, and make sure you
can handle the swell before
you paddle out.
TRIGG | It’s that crowded for
a reason – there are always
consistent waves at both Trigg Beach
and Trigg Point. 99 per cent of the time
they close out, but they are worth a look.
Trigg Beach, West Coast Drive, Trigg.
WATERMANS BAY | When the winds are
light and the swell is up, this beach break is
a good choice. Watermans Bay, West Coast
Drive, Watermans Bay.
METTAMS POOL | With smaller waves and
a sandy beach, Mettams is a safe selection
for beginners, and it’s great for snorkelling
when the waves aren’t breaking. Mettams
Pool, Giles Street, Trigg.
THE SPOT, YANCHEP | A fast, powerful
reef break, The Spot picks up a lot of swell,
making it a reliable option and well worth
the trip north. Two Rocks Road, Yanchep.
CABLES | An artificial reef built 1km off the
coast, Cables is the best wave in Perth, but
needs a big swell to break, and can only
It’s estimated a third of WA’s population fishes. Join them, no matter your skill level (or
your patience), at a spot either in the city, on the coast or, for the more adventurous,
further afield. Check this list, then visit fishwrecked.com for updates and tips.
SWAN AND CANNING RIVERS | Easily accessible, the river is a good option for
families – pack a picnic and set up for the afternoon. You’ll have some luck with bream
and flathead under the traffic bridges that cross the rivers, at Mosman Bay, or in East
Perth, but be careful of blowies before the sun sets.
BEACH FISHING | Serious anglers are out on the beach in the evening, chasing tailor
and mulloway, but you can go at any time of the day. Try Pinnaroo Point or Mindarie for
whiting or herring, or take the four-wheel-drive further north and explore Ledge Point
near Lancelin – park on the beach and set up a shade cloth.
ROCK FISHING | Highly dangerous, rock fishing is only for the most experienced
of fishermen. If you’re ready, try the Fremantle moles for consistent catching, no
matter the wind. South Mole doesn’t fish as well as the North, but it is safer and less
crowded. Look for herring and gardies at South Mole, and snapper, trevally and
mulloway at North Mole.
BOAT FISHING | You’ll need a recreational fishing licence to go out on a boat (apply
for one at fish.wa.gov.au) but once you’re out there, the possibilities are endless.
Exmouth, Kalbarri, Onslow, Augusta, Esperance, the Rowley Shoals and Coral Bay are
popular – just remember to respect local regulations and always fish sustainably.
be surfed a few times a year because it’s
so exposed to the winds. Keep an eye out.
MADORA BAY | A fast, hollow beach break,
Madora Bay is a fun, uncrowded option,
even when the swell is small. Check nearby
Singoes as well. Madora Bay, Mandurah.
COTTESLOE | The south-of-the-city
equivalents to Trigg, the reefs north of Cott
(Isolators, Coves, and Seconds) are usually
crowded, but are dependable choices. The
main beach break needs a bigger swell to
break, but is fairly sheltered from southerly
winds. Cottesloe Beach.
WA’s beautiful parks and bushland are
in full bloom in winter – take advantage
of the scenery with a bushwalk. Check
this list, and visit trailswa.com.au or
everytrail.com for directions, top tips
and must-see sights.
LESMURDIE FALLS | A rewarding but
definitely more challenging track, the
falls offer incredible views for walkers
who brave the steep track. Winter is
the perfect time to see the dramatic
waterfalls flowing – be careful on the
slippery rocks – and on a clear day, you
can see right out to the city. Lesmurdie
Falls National Park, Lesmurdie.
MOUNT DALE WALK TRAIL | This
2.5km loop is a good option for families,
with an easy climb offering 360-degree
views of the Darling Ranges from the
Mount Dale peak. Wander through the
beautiful jarrah forest – watch for eagles
overhead – and take a picnic. Helena
National Park, Mundaring.
BIBBULMUN TRACK | The ‘big kahuna’
of WA walking trails, the Bibbulmun
Track stretches an impressive 1000km
from Kalamunda to Albany. Broken into
nine sections, with a range of shorter
walks available, it can be tackled with
a day trip from Perth. Try the 20km
Mount Cooke hike – the peak is the
highest point in the Darling Ranges.
Sullivan Rock, Jarrahdale.
KITTY’S GORGE | This 14km track is
accessible from either the Serpentine
National Park or the Jarrahdale
cemetery carpark. The trail is beautiful,
but can be challenging – some steep
sections and uneven ground mean it’s
best suited for walkers with previous
experience. If you start from Jarrahdale,
there’s also the shorter Stacey’s Track.
Jarrahdale cemetery, Jarrahdale.
EAGLE’S VIEW WALK TRAIL | A 15km
hike, the Eagle’s View Walk Trail is
recommended for people with at least
moderate fitness levels. You get views
of Perth city and the ocean from the top
of the valley, and you’ll see waterfalls
and lakes on the way up. Winter is the
perfect time for this walk – the Hovea
Falls will be flowing. Pack a picnic and
stop by the falls for lunch. Ranger’s
office, John Forrest National Park.
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Walking in Lesmurdie
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