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Best Running Routes in Perth

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by Kate Galea (subscribe)
A full time traveller Kate and her partner have called a Toyota Coaster home since December 2016. They are currently touring Australia making memories and lapping up everything this amazing country has to offer. Visit
Published March 11th 2018
As I full-time Buslifer, I often wake up with no clue where I am. To get my bearings, to work out where to spend the day, and for something to do, most days I run at least 10 kilometres. I then spend the rest of the day drinking tea and eating porridge.

I've been based in Perth for the last few months and I I wanted to share with you some of my favourite runs.

Perth is a beautiful city which offers a great mix of the old and the new. Federation cottages line the seaside suburbs but the modern city is practical with bike and pedestrian paths connecting everything. With the Indian Ocean framing the west of the city and the Swan River running from the Hills area, a great sunset run is never hard to find.

Here are some of my favourites:

1- Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
This park is right in the city and offers amazing views, a variety of tracks, hills and natural beauty. A loop around the park can get you to almost 10k, but you can purposely get lost in here to stretch the run out.

2 - Coogee to Fremantle
If you start out at the old Power Factory in Coogee and run North along the ocean, you'll end up in Fremantle in about 8 kilometres time. You'll pretty much stay next to the water the whole time, passing beaches and sailing clubs until you end up in vibrant Freo. Make this an evening run and watch the sun slip into the Indian Ocean for the night.

3 - Point Walter to Applecross
Point Walter is a popular family hangout on the weekends. It has a cute cafe, lots of free BBQs and shallow water to launch your inflatable boat. Start here and head north. You'll have an amazing view of the city on your left across the Swan River. For a lot of the run, to your right, you'll head past some of the biggest houses I have ever seen!

4 - Cottesloe to North Fremantle
Cottesloe is one of the most popular beaches and at the moment with Sculpture By the Sea showing there, it is likely to be pretty busy. Start this run in Cottesloe and head South towards the iconic dinosaur cranes of Fremantle. The beaches are separated by rocks, so while you can run on the sand in parts, you'll need to head up to the pedestrian path to get from beach to beach. That stretch of run is about 5k.

5 - Applecross - Mount Pleasent
A very aptly named suburb as I am sure it is a very pleasant to live here. The houses are all massive and lucky for them, they have views of the river that starts 20 meters from their front lawns. Lucky for the rest of us, there is a flat pedestrian path that runs along the river. Start out at The Swan River Rowing Club and head down, keeping the river on your left. You won't get lost unless you suddenly fancy a swim. A lot of the path is in the shade, which is a win. If you head down to Bateman Park, that's a nice 4k run.
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