If you love trekking, then you're probably looking forward to hitting some trails this summer. Don't feel like going alone? Take your furry friend with you and have an unforgettable adventure. Here are five of the best dog-friendly walking trails near Perth you can hit with your pooch.
If you don't feel like going far away from the city, you can hit the Bold Park for a nice afternoon escape into nature. It's located just outside Oceanic Drive in Floreat and it has several walking trails that overlook the city and the coast (bring your camera!). This 437-hectare park is also a haven for biologists with over 300 plants that are local to the region. The longest trail is Zamia Trail (5 kilometres) and it goes all around the reserve. If you're looking to take some amazing photos of your adventurous pooch for Instagram, head up to Reabold Hill that offers an amazing 360-view of the area.
Lane Pool Reserve
On the other hand, if you don't mind a 1.5-hour drive from the city, you can head down to Lane Pool Reserve. This big reserve spreads out for about 50,000 hectares along the Murray River. Dogs are more than welcome; however, they need to be leashed. There are many trail options for you and your furry companion, but the best is probably the King Jarrah Track that's 9 km long. Lane Pool also has campsites that are dog-friendly, so you can even spend the night.
Kwinana Loop Trail
If you and your dog are in for a great workout, visit the 21 km Kwinana Loop Trail. Its hills and twists will provide even the fittest of people and animals a good sweat and pant. However, it'll all be worth it once you reach Chalk Hill Lookout and take a look at the panoramic view of the area. The trail also allows mountain bikers, so it's best to keep your pooch on the leash to avoid accidents.
A little lighter trail of Bell Rapids is located on Cathedral Drive in Brigadoon along the Swan River. This nice 5.5 km circuit will provide you with beautiful views of the Bell Rapids and make for a good, light workout.
Railway Reserve Heritage Trail
If you and your dog are experienced trekkers, you can embark on an adventure to The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail that's almost 60 km long. It passes through several little towns and offers a great overview of historical sites as well as great panoramic views. It's completely dog-friendly, aside from the section through John Forrest National Park.
What to bring for your walk?
Now that you know where to go, here's a little reminder of what to bring. Always bring a good supply of fresh water for your pup, especially if the weather's hot. Also, make sure your dog is well hydrated before the start of your journey and when you get home. Make sure to bring a tasty snack for your pup like Royal Canin dog food that will give your dog the energy boost and the strength to continue the walk. Light water and food bowls and poop baggies are also a must. If you're planning to stay overnight, bring a soft bed mat or a throw for your dog to sleep on. All of these things will add a few extra kilograms to your backpack, so if you want, you can get your dog to help (if you have a bigger breed). Get your dog a doggy pannier and they will feel like they're helping and doing a very important job. My Lab simply loves to feel useful and carry her own necessities.
So, pick a trail, grab your pooch and start your adventure. You're sure to have a great time and come back home happy and exhausted.