Great Outdoor Activities Around Perth
With its incredible year round weather and great beaches, Perth offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Enjoy pristine parkland, easy access to the bush, and scenic rivers under almost never ending sunny skies. Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed free of charge while others can easily be had at largely discounted rates by checking Groupon.
Here are our top outdoor activities you should definitely experience on your next holiday to Perth, Australia.
Quad Biking in Pinjar
Head just north of Perth for an adventurous day in the Pinjar bush and pine plantation. You’ll hop on a Can Am DS 250 to tackle bush tracks taking you to remote billabongs, taking in a bit of wildlife along the way. The diversity of tracks means you’ll take on sand, gravel, dirt, and rocks. No need to bring anything but your adventurous spirit since helmets, pads, and gloves will be supplied for you. End the day with a delicious Outback BBQ.
Take a PADI Open Water Diver Course
Learn to scuba dive with Scubanautics Diving Academy. You’ll get fitted with with top of the line scuba gear, learn the basics in pool dives, and finally enjoy four ocean training dives. After your three day course, you’ll receive your PADI Open Water Diver Certification upon completion. Once you master the initial course, you can return to experience additional training courses such as night diving, wreck diving, deep sea diving, and underwater photography.
Learn How to Sail
Learn all the ins and outs of sailing at West Coast Sail Training. You’ll be led by a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor with over 20 years experience. You’ll set sail out of Mandurah, about 45 minutes south of Perth, where you’ll learn sailing techniques such as rope work & linesmanship as well as mechanical function of the vessel from the masthead to the keel and the bow to the stern. Learn how to leave and re-enter a harbour, handle the vessel under sail, electronic navigation, radio procedures, and more. If you’d simply like to kick back and relax on the boat, they offer leisure charters upon their 38-foot yacht “Jubilation” as well.
Take Paddleboarding Lessons
The Perth area offers numerous locations that are perfect for paddleboarding. Elemental Kite, Surf, & SUP offers SUP lessons on flat water, surf, and rivers around Perth. Begin with lessons at Point Walter which allows you to learn the basics on the calm waters of the Swan River. You’ll learn board control, prone & knee paddling, basic paddle techniques, and self rescue. Progress to tackling the open ocean by taking an SUP lesson from Leighton beach to Swanbourne beach. For the ultimate in scenic training spots, try their lessons at Woodman Point.
Learn How to Surf
There’s no better place in Perth to learn how to surf than Scarborough Beach. GoSurf Perth, an ASI accredited surf school, offers group and private surfing lessons for all ages as well as beginner and intermediate surfing certificate courses. You’ll learn what gear is right for you, ocean awareness, surf safety, and proper technique. For winter surf lessons, head to Fremantle where you’ll be better protected from the winter south west winds by breakwalls.
Sandboarding the Lancelin Sand Dunes
A great day trip from Perth, Lancelin Sand Dunes is Australia’s premier sandboarding destination (about an hour and a half north of Perth). Entry to the dunes is free and they are open every day from 8am to 7pm. If you need to rent a specialized sandboard, this can easily be done for as little as $12. While it’s possible to get to the dunes and find parking for 2-wheel-drive vehicles, have even more fun by doing some off-roading in a 4WD. While you’re up this way, be sure to check out the Pinnacles as well, an otherworldly landscape of limestone formations in Nambung National Park.