I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published May 27th 2014
One of the items I would look for when visiting a new place is its scenic lookouts. And judging from the brisk business done by observation towers all around the world (think Sydney Tower, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, etc), it seems like I'm not the only one. There's a certain satisfaction from looking at a wide expanse of surroundings from a higher vantage point, be it natural or man-made view. There must be a scientific explanation for this, our ancestor's instinct for defence in the middle ages, perhaps?
The most famous and touristy scenic lookout in Perth has got to be Kings Park. Busloads of people are often dropped off there for group, family, birthday, pre-wedding, wedding, or any other photo occasions there. And why not? It's close to the city, it's got a nice view. And if you come in the right season, you get to see Kings Park famous wildflower display as well.
City and river view from the pedestrian path along Fraser Avenue, Kings Park.
However, Kings Park aside, there must be other lookouts worth visiting. I've got here two fine examples, one from Wireless Hill (Applecross) and the other from Lesmurdie Falls.
View from one of the Two Towers on Wireless Hill.
The view from the lookout near the Head of Lesmurdie Falls.
Further afield from Perth, you can't have the city skyline view, however it's more than compensated by the beautiful natural scenes you can't possibly get in the city. What do you prefer? Greeneries? Coastal view? Rocks formation? We have all of them in WA, now the only question is where is the best? I've got here three possible candidates:
Castle Rock: A suspended walkway winds around Castle Rock (Porongurup National Park, north of Albany), providing great views over the Porongurups and surrounding countryside.
Natures Window: Natures Window is just one of several scenic lookouts overlooking Murchison River in Kalbarri National Park. The others (Hawks Head, Z Bend, etc) have similar views, but the naturally occuring 'window' that frames the red sand-green vegetation-brown river composition here makes it feel more special.
Eagle Bluff: You can stop by Eagle Bluff Lookout in Shark Bay National Park on your way to/ from Monkey Mia. Can you spot the 'eagle' in this view?
If you enjoy a grand Ocean view drive up the Marmion to Burns Beach. There is plenty to amuse the kids. A beautiful beach, play ground , a walk along th Ocean and a super place to have a bite to eat and some refrshment. Dogs on leash are also allowed on the Ocean walk! This is not to be misses!