No matter which pocket of Perth you live in, it’s easy to find ways to get fit and have fun outdoors. You just need to know where to start.
If you’re living - or looking to buy - along Newcastle Street, Beaufort Street or Brewer Street, we’ve done the hard yards for you. Our verdict? You’re spoilt for choice! Whatever type of fitness tickles you’re into, you won’t have to look far to find it.
Many city-dwellers use the Swan River as a free fitness circuit. For the recreational runners and cyclists the river section bordered by the bridges provides a 9km predominantly flat track, perfect for early morning outings. Keep one eye on the water and you may just spot a dolphin, too. The WA Department of Transport provides detailed information (and inspiration) for river runs and rides.
Infamously home to the 1987 America’s Cup and soon to host the 2016 World University Sailing Championships, Perth is one of the world’s premier sailing and water sports destinations. In fact, Perth has the highest boat ownership rate of any city in Australia. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that windsurfing, sailing, rowing, waterskiing, paddle boarding, boating and canoeing are all hugely popular here. Perth is a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
Perth waterways offer even greater choice than you might expect. Dragon boat racing is a water sport that is rapidly gaining popularity. This fun and vigorous team sport (or so we’re told) is equally enjoyable for spectators. Dragon boating is colourful, exciting and offers pageantry quite unlike any other water sport. The Amazons Perth Dragon Boat Racing club (based on the river in Maylands) welcomes all new membership enquiries.
Whatever your next recreational river visit entails, this map will help you to plan it all out.
Volleyball: You may be a few kilometres from the coast, but that needn’t stop you from enjoying a bit of beach volleyball. Four inner-city beach volleyball courts are available for hire - day and night - at Volleyball WA (corner of Charles and Vincent).
Lawn bowls: In an era filled with adrenaline-fuelled sports, lawn bowls offers a pleasantly slow-paced alternative. The game once associated with pensioners is popular today amongst players of all ages. Suitable from “9 to 90,” lawn bowls clubs are typically family-friendly venues. Dress codes have relaxed over time and many clubs also offer cheap food and drinks and a social atmosphere in the evenings. If lawn bowls are for you, visit one of your local clubs in Mt. Lawley, North Perth, East Perth, Bayswater, Leederville, Stirling or Yokine – or visit Bowls WA.
Basketball: The recently rejuvenated Weld Square Reserve on the corner of Newcastle and Beaufort streets now features a mini basketball court and is open for public use. If you harbor hoop dreams, take some time out on your lunch break or use it as a great way to unwind after work.
Tennis: Only a short walk from Newcastle Street you will find Tennis Central - offering coaching, social competitions and other tennis programs. North Perth Tennis Club is located on Farmer Street. Both the City of Bayswater and City of Stirling offer a variety of courts – some for hire, some free for public use.
The City of Vincent’s Beatty Park Leisure Centre has recently undergone a $17M upgrade – making it one of WA’s premier indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. It features a new two-storey gym, two huge new group fitness rooms, refurbished indoor and outdoor pools and a handful of small water slides for children.
Residents at award-winning Edge by Psaros development on Newcastle Street need never leave the building to exercise. Instead, enjoy the use of a private gym within the complex – all part of the Psaros commitment to creating exciting and sustainable lifestyles in Perth. To find out about these and other exclusive facilities, or to find an inner-city lifestyle to suit you, contact Psaros or visit the new Psaros Lounge, open Mon-Fri 4-6pm, 180 Stirling St, Perth.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook