Serious about keeping those New Year's fitness resolutions and losing those few extra #isolife kg?
Summer is in full swing, and there's never been a better time to explore Perth's best fitness spots, both outdoors and indoors. From stunning forested walking trails to a ninja warrior course, multi-day walking retreats and sailing kayak tours, there’s a whole lot of great stuff in Perth to make your workout more fun.
Fitness activities and challenges
Perth boasts some fantastic fitness activities both outdoor and indoor!
Check out the indoor rock climbing at WA's largest climbing facility Adrenaline Vault, which consists of bouldering, top rope and lead climbing, or check out Latitude Air with a sky-high obstacle course suspended 8 metres from the ground, plus a state-of-the-art rock climbing zone and ninja warrior course. And the little ones don't have to miss out on the fun - Latitude offers a dedicated Kids Zone for children under 5 years to experience their own aerial fun in a safe, soft-play environment. And of course, there's also Latitude's famous 100+ interconnected trampolines including Olympic grade 'performance' trampolines, so you can get your bounce, climb and fly on, all under one roof.
Next up, challenge yourself to reach your healthiest and fittest body with Perth's favourite outdoor fitness spots, including the renown Jacobs Ladder (a twisty staircase with 300+ steps), the 202km historic Pilgrim Trail from Subiaco to New Norcia, the DNA Tower walking trail in Kings Park, and lastly the brand-new Matagarup Bridge Climb. And golf lovers can up their game at Secret Harbour Golf Links, The Cut Golf Course, Joondalup Resort Golf Course and The Vines Resort Golf Course.
There's also plenty of fitness activities for the younger set. Educated by Nature builds resilience through connection by creating opportunities for children, families and teachers to learn within nature. They run various programs designed to create mental, emotional and physical health of children, and in doing so, foster stewardship and a deep love for the natural environment. Swan Valley Adventure Centre offers a safe and secure world of adventure that is exciting and transforming. Nestled in the beautiful Swan Valley and surrounded by stunning vineyards, the centre provides guests with a multitude of options for conferences, camps, outdoor adventures, nature retreats and much more. Next up, The Climb Zone is an awesome outdoor adventure where families can climb, swing and zip-line to their hearts' content, including a 3-hour kids climbing experience. And lastly, Trees Adventure - Dwellingup and Trees Adventure - Yanchep National Park is Australia’s premier treetop adventure ropes experience, offering several different levels of intensity, there's something for the whole family (4 years+).
Walking and cycling trails
Perth is the perfect place to go walkabout, with such diverse scenery, wildlife and plant life to encounter. Perth's top walking trails can be easily explored in one day, while others can take several days with accommodation options along the way. Some of our favourites are the lush, forested walking trails of the Perth Hills, the coastal and river walks of Mandurah and Peel, and the bushwalking trails of the Swan Valley. Or, immerse yourself in the Australian bush on horseback, and follow ancient river systems, meander through natural bushland and along heritage railways on a network of bridle trails in Perth.
For a deeper understanding of the natural and cultural significance of the land you're walking on, joining an expert-led walking trail tour can't be beat - and you might make some like-minded new friends on the way. Go Running Tours Perth offers a gorgeous 9km Sunset Coast Tour; trail tours by Off the Beaten Track include incredible nature hikes with a twist such as the Friday Night Yike (Hike and Yoga) and the Sunset Pilates Hiking Experience. Meanwhile The Hike Collective's Coastal Tours are a perfect way to refresh your body and mind - we particularly love the 3-day Samphire Rottnest Trail Retreat. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation also run a range of guided walking events on The Bibbulmun Track for all ages, experience levels and interests. And that's really only a taster of the walking trail tours on offer - check out our guide to Walking and Running in Perth for more ideas.
You'll also find plenty of top-notch cycle trails in Perth! You can hire bikes or join a cycle tour to explore the city, Swan River and surrounds. Our comprehensive network of cycle and dual-use paths in the central city and beyond means that you'll find amazing cycle trails along the Swan River, the Perth Hills, Rottnest Island, Perth Beaches, Fremantle, Swan Valley and Mandurah and Peel. Some top cycle trail tours include GoGo Active Tours, including their Matilda Bay & Kings Park Bike Loop, and Foreshore & East Perth Bike Loop, as well as Perth Hills Mountain Bike Tours with their fascinating insight on the historical Railway Heritage Trail in Perth Hills. And again, there's plenty more on offer - check out our guide to Cycle Tours in Perth.
Fitness on the water
Summer is a perfect time to get fit on the water, and it’s one of the great things about being in a city that’s right on the coast! Some popular water sports in Perth include kayaking, surfing, diving, stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing, foilboarding - even water biking and jetpacking!
Check out Adventurous Women’s empowering range of paddle tours including the Beyond the Next Bend and Sanctuary & Settlement Swan River Paddles. Or experience a side of Mandurah you may have never seen before with Salt and Bush Eco Tours who run boutique guided kayak tours through Mandurah's stunning waterways - from the estuary to the rivers.
With such beautiful weather outside, and such an amazing city to explore, let’s make 2021 the year that you become your fittest, healthiest and happiest self! And if you'd like more ideas on what to do in Perth, check out the Destination Perth blog, with articles including top spots to enjoy with your dog, where to beat the heat this summer and more.