If there's one place on earth that’s built for outdoor sports and activities, it's Perth!
The meandering Swan River hosts a variety of water sports all year round, the deep blue Indian Ocean delivers waves for surfers to strut their stuff, and back on land the warm and dry spring weather means that any sport can be played without fear of rain stopping play.
The official weather stats from the Bureau of Meteorology may state that, on average, Perth has 15 rainy days in September, but as most of us know, September will often deliver pleasant and warm sunny days with temperatures in the low 20's – perfect for heading outdoors and trying out the multitude of outdoor sports and activities on offer in Perth.
Here are 7 things you must try in September to keep fit, socialise and enjoy the outdoors.
With a big blue river running through the heart of Perth, as well as Rottnest Island's idyllic bays or the estuaries around Mandurah, it's no surprise that Kayaking has long been popular with locals and tourists.
It combines exercise, serenity and sightseeing in one hit, and is the perfect activity to wind down after a busy week at work.
Water Wanderers offer two hour guided tours at sunrise, sunset or in the middle of the day, which allow you to take in the views of the city skyline and South Perth. There are also self-guided tours for those who are more comfortable with their kayaking abilities.
About Bike Hire is another place you can rent a Kayak for a few hours, along with bikes and quad-cycles for the land lovers.
If you want to explore upstream in the hills, where the Swan River turns into the Avon River, there’s plenty of opportunities to hire a kayak and have a go at your own “Avon Descent”.
Please do read all the health and safety guidelines before leaving dry land. The river levels do fluctuate depending on how much rainfall there was in winter, so keep an eye out on the Department of Parks and Wildlife Services website for more information.
Ready to catch a wave? With more than 12,000km of coastline, WA has plenty of surfing hotspots right here in Perth, with countless places you can indulge in this popular outdoor sport.
Cottesloe Beach doesn’t have the biggest swell but makes up for it with its' beautiful white sand and deep blue waters.
The gentle waves are ideal for beginners, who are still getting up to speed with their craft, and once you're done in the surf you can enjoy fish and chips on the beach. Just watch out for those pesky seagulls!
Head up the coast for 20 minutes in the car and you'll encounter Trigg Beach. This beach boasts bigger waves than its rival further south due to the rocky outcrop at the north of Trigg Beach.
This place is full of body boarders and surfers all year round, so it's recommended that you're at least at a lower intermediate level before you tackle the waves. If the stars align you may also spot a dolphin or two out on the ocean.
Surfing is one of many reasons why you'd visit Rottnest Island. The car-free island has arguably the most consistent breaks in WA, with Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay at the top of the list for surfers, body boarders and stand-up paddle boarders.
In addition, there are more than 20 bays around the island so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a quiet break all to yourself. Once you've finished on the board, don't forget to explore Rotto's coral reefs, say hello to a quokka and enjoy the slower pace of life that the island lives at.
Perth Go Surf has a variety of different surfing lesson options for all levels as well as the ability to rent a surfboard on Leighton Beach and tackle the waves at your own pace.
Cycling is so popular in Perth that it’s become a tourist attraction in itself. With an extensive network of cycling paths which suit commuters, tourists and weekend riders, it’s no surprise that the popularity increased 450% between 1998-2009, and continues to grow in the 2010's.
There’s plenty of trails to choose from, so we've chosen 5 easy ones to get you started.
The Kep Track – Located in Perth's hills, the multi-use Kep Track uses the rail formation between Mundaring in the Perth Hills, to Northam in the Avon Valley. Riders can park and ride from pretty much any town along the way so it’s up to you how much of the 75km trail you ride.
Turner Hill Mountain Bike Trail – Head south to the Mandurah and Peel region and you'll discover this fun, and at times challenging, mountain biking course. The trail is well sign-posted and there’s a cool sequence of log-overs, drops, doubles and jumps if you’re feeling brave.
Swan River Windan Bridge Loop – This 3km loop is perfect to take in the best views of Perth. Cycle along the banks of the Swan River, past Herrison Island’s manicured parklands and East Perth with its galleries, public art and cafés. If you have more energy, carry on upstream to the Maylands Peninsula.
Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail – You can enter this cruisy 10km trail at one of three entry points: the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford, Maali Footbridge in Herne Hill, and West Swan Hall.
The trail passes a variety of fruit stalls, picnic spots, galleries, wineries, cafes, and a chocolate factory which could result in gaining calories rather than losing them!
A bit of a curveball from the outdoor activities that rely on the Indian Ocean and the beaches, Cross Skating is the warm weather version of Nordic Skiing.
It is a whole body experience that activates 90% of your muscles and burns off the calories while you skate down the scenic shared paths around the South Perth foreshore.
It's been a popular sport in Northern Europe for athletes to train during the summer months, when there is a distinct lack of snow, and has been introduced to Perth via a small group of passionate migrants who’ve found their new home in Australia.
Nordic Sports Australia offer clinics and courses throughout spring to give you a taste of skiing without snow. If you've hung out around South Perth on Saturday mornings, you’ll often see this mob training on the shared paths.
Roller Ski Australia offers a variation of cross skating called Roller Skiing - which instead uses mini cross-country skis with wheels. They offer group and individual lessons as well as roller ski hire.
This one falls into the motorsports variety of outdoor sports. Jet Skiing is a thrill a minute way to ride the ocean and feel the surge of adrenalin.
You'll get to enjoy the beautiful Cockburn Sound and surroundings of Garden Island with the opportunity of a close encounter with Dolphins, Pelicans and other Sea Birds on a good day.
If you're a bit of a nutter and need more adrenaline, the next step is to try out Jet Packing. This form of movement is no longer a dream exclusive to Back to the Future (we're still waiting on flying electric cars though) and Jetpack Perth are ready to send you skyward on one of their hydro flights.
Once you've got the basics locked down you’ll be pulling off tricks performing underwater submarines, walking on water, sharp turns, donuts and high hovering. Piece of cake, right?
Beach Volleyball has been an Olympic sport since the Atlanta games in 1996, and is a perfectly suited activity for the pristine white sand beaches in Perth.
With a low barrier of entry, given there is no need to purchase equipment (unless you count the ball), this sport is one of the best ways to keep fit, expand your social circle and make the most of the outdoors in spring. Just don’t forget to slip, slop slap and stay hydrated!
Volleyball WA has a beach volleyball social competition running from September into the summer months at their Royal Park HQ in North Perth, which will get you 'beach ready' with your serves, spikes and digs.
It's no surprise that Cottesloe Beach has purpose built beach volleyball courts for you to enjoy. Bring your own ball and net and head on down nice and early if you don’t want to wait your turn.
Both City Beach and Floreat Beach have volleyball courts too. To hire the Floreat Beach court exclusively would cost $26 an hour but is free of charge when not booked. City Beach is always free and available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!
For more things to do in Perth in Spring, go to: Spring In Perth.