Perth is full of awesome adventures, many of which you won’t necessarily find in a traditional travel guide!
And since providing our readers with the best local knowledge is what we're here for, we've come up with some top-notch adventures that definitely deserve a spot on your #seeperth bucket list this year!
Climb the Matagarup Bridge
This adventure is so brand spankin' new that we'd venture a guess that most of our readers haven't even heard of it yet! If you've been looking wistfully at the bridge climbs interstate and overseas and wishing we had something that cool, then we've got some good news for you: we've now got one too! The Matagarup Zip + Climb, incorporating a zipline and a climb at an architecturally stunning bridge. The Zipline hasn't launched yet, but when it does, you'll be able to glide 400 metres across the Swan River, travelling at up to 75km/h! If that doesn't sound like it belongs on an adventurer's bucket list, we don't know what does!
And the Bridge Climb is a full-on thrill in itself. This ain't nanna's bridge climb - although nannas are of course welcome if they're up to the task. This physically demanding climb requires trekking up 314 steps on a 45-degree angle, and shimmying, sliding and squeezing through tight spaces to reach the SkyView Deck – an open-air viewing platform 72 metres above the Swan River. It's a perfect way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of a riverside sunset!
Walk the 45km Wadjemup Bidi on Rottnest Island
Keen to explore Rottnest Island by foot? Traverse the Island's unique landscapes along the Wadjemup Bidi walk trails, which take you across breathtaking coastal headlands, past inland lakes, and past beautiful natural and man-made scenery. You might even see a Quokka or ten! The trail spans 45km across 5 sections, each boasting culturally and environmentally significant landmarks including salt lakes, a marine wildlife haven, WWII guns and tunnels, and more.
Skydive onto the Beach
Ever wanted to make a really grand entrance? Then give skydiving on the beach a go in Rockingham or Rottnest Island. Skydive Australia offer tandem skydiving, as well as learn-to-skydive courses, skydiving displays, media and adventure packages in Rockingham. The experience is as safe as it is exhilarating, and the 12-18 ages are in luck too, as they can also skydive with parental permission. With Skydive Geronimo, you can tandem skydive 10,000ft, 14,000ft and 15,000ft over one of WA's most outstanding getaway locations - Rottnest Island! Experience incredible views of WA's majestic coastline, before landing on the beach at Rottnest Island, ready to high five your friends and family after your adrenalin pumping leap. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary drink to celebrate your unforgettable experience.
Dive the Omeo Shipwreck on the Coogee Maritime Trail
The Coogee Maritime Trail is absolutely an underwater treasure! Just 25 meters from the shore, the Trail begins at the Omeo shipwreck and includes an artificial reef and underwater sculptures - including a giant starfish you can swim through! It's easily accessible from the northern end of Coogee Beach. Omeo is Perth's premier beachside shipwreck dive, accessible close to shore in shallow, clear water. Omeo is an historically significant and federally protected iron steamship that was built in 1858 in Newcastle (England), and driven ashore and wrecked in 1905. The purpose-built reef consists of 33 reef modules, designed by marine scientists to support a diverse range of marine flora and fauna. It’s great fun to swim through, and you'll even find educational signage underwater about the reef and marine life.
Hot air ballooning in the Avon Valley
The picturesque Avon Valley makes a spectacular backdrop for a balloon ride over rolling hills, picturesque fields and meandering streams as you experience the world’s oldest form of flight with Windward Balloon Adventures, available April to November. There's something very special about being up in the air of the outdoors - feeling the wind on your face and 360° panoramic views. Once airborne in your traditional wicker basket, admire the first signs of dawn over the countryside, with ploughed paddocks, lush pasture, and developing crops forming a patchwork of colours and patterns. The flight lasts 45 mins to an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime.
See Blue Whales in the Perth Canyon
From March to May, you can tour to the Perth Canyon, 30 nautical miles off the coast of Perth, with Whale Watch Western Australia, to see the elusive, majestic Blue Whale - the only place in Australia you can see these magnificent mammals feeding. The Blue Whale is the rarest Whale to ever be seen or photographed, making it a pretty darn special and moving experience.
Go sandboarding in Lancelin
Visiting the sand dunes of Lancelin is a truly iconic WA experience, and you'll really forget that you're in the state (or on this planet). There's many experiences to enjoy on the dunes, from 4WDing to dune buggies, and one that definitely belongs high up your bucket list is sandboarding. No vehicle, just you, your board and the dunes, for a totally hands-on experience. Younger children can sandboard too, so bring the fam and have fun!
Walk the Bibbulmun Track end-to-end
The Bibbulmun Track famously attracts trekkers from all over the globe. One of the world's great long distance walk trails, the track stretches nearly 1000kms from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany, winding through some of the most beautiful natural areas of the State’s south west and passing through rural communities and popular tourist destinations. The track caters for every experience level, from a gentle stroll to an eight week end-to-end bucket-list adventure. Make it a true wilderness experience by camping out, or explore it in comfort using the varied accommodation in the towns along the way.
Explore Crystal Cave
WA's only tourist cave is located in scenic Yanchep National Park, and it's well worth a visit. This 45-minute guided Crystal Cave Tour takes you through an underground wonderland full of natural cave decorations like stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, columns and shawls. Enjoy an entertaining and informative 45-minute session that will immerse you in the local Noongar culture part of the oldest living culture in the world. It’s a beautiful, kid-friendly experience, so feel free to bring the family!
Tour Fremantle Prison at night
For an experience that's both educational and spooky, don't miss the Torchlight night tours of the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison. The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows, this is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent; it is the most intact convict gaol in Australia and has altered little since its construction. Join expert Guides in the dark as they entertain you with sordid and ghastly stories - but be warned, these tours are not for the faint hearted!
Swim with dolphins in Rockingham
From September to June, you can get up close and personal with a friendly wild dolphin pod in Rockingham! Get to know the sociable, playful and second-smartest species on a Perth Wildlife Encounters tour. Their team has been operating cruises here since 1989, and they've befriended many of the 200+ local bottlenose dolphins living in the sheltered waters of Rockingham’s bays and islands. No feeding, no doing tricks, no shows - just hanging out and chillin' with these amazing mammals.
Walk on the roof of Optus Stadium
Experience Perth's iconic Optus Stadium at exhilarating heights with Optus Stadium Tours! HALO is a world class experience from on top of the award-winning World's Most Beautiful Stadium. Manage the 78 steps up to the roof and you'll be rewarded with unique city views and a break in the highest seats Optus Stadium has to offer. For the more adventurous, you can even lean out over the edge for a daring photo opportunity. You’ll be fitted with a jumpsuit and harness, locked on for your peace of mind, and can focus on the spectacular views from a special viewing platform, offering a birds-eye view of the field of play.
Cycle the Munda Biddi Bike Trail end-to-end
The Munda Biddi Trail is WA's premier long distance off-road cycling experience, spanning all the way from Mundaring in the Perth Hills to the regional town of Manjimup in the Southern Forests. The trail uses a network of bush tracks, firebreaks and disused railway formations with sections suitable for cyclists of all ages and experience levels. The Sculpture Park in Mundaring forms the northern terminus of this stunningly scenic trail.
From ancient stalactites and historical prisons to hot air ballooning and bridge climbing, there’s something for every adventurer’s bucket list in Perth in 2021! And for more great ideas, keep an eye on the Destination Perth blog.