So you live in the city and have nothing to do on weekends. Or perhaps you've become bored of your current list of standard hobbies. Luckily, Perth city offers many different, interesting and fun hobbies to learn for all ages and fitness levels. Here are four fun hobbies you may not have thought of getting into.
Bell ringing is dead, consigned to the books of history. Except... it's not. You may be surprised to find there are over 40 registered bell ringers in Western Australia and they're keen to pass their knowledge on to you for free at the iconic Swan Bell Tower.
Free classes are held every Sunday where you can get hands on with the 18 bells of the tower. There are already quite a few learners of all ages and the bell ringers do a great job of making you feel like part of the group.
You can learn at your own pace and it really is a great way to meet new friends and keep the mind and body active. Bell ringing is one of those hobbies that can very easily turn in to a life long passion, just ask the ringers!
Pushing the pain barriers at 6am in the morning with a flimsy boat in sometimes hostile river waters with nothing but a lycra onesie isn't everyone's cup of tea, but there's much more to rowing than meets the eye.
An Eight powers down the Swan River
It's a team sport, and the rowing community is one of the closest, most entertaining bunch of people you're every likely to meet. While competitive rowing is a thrilling experience (as described above), social rowing can be just as rewarding. You still get the fitness and the friends without pushing your limits, and if later on you decide you'd like to compete you've already done half the work!
For $180 you can do a five day learn to row course over two weeks. Here you'll learn the basics of technique - including how not to fall in the water - and after the course if you like it you can continue on either socially or competitively depending on what you want out of your new hobby. If the city is too far away to join, there are plenty of other clubs along the river and down south.
Stand-up paddle boarding has become big out of nowhere in the last few years and now it's very common seeing paddlers cruising along our rivers and beaches. If you've ever thought you might like to give it a go, FunCats in South Perth can help you.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is great fun!
While technically it isn't training, when you hire a stand up paddle board from FunCats brief tuition is included in the price - enough to get you on your feet and moving. Once you get moving it's pretty simple to get the hang of it and discover just how much fun it is. Stand up paddle boarding starts at $20 for the first hour.
You can also introduce yourself to sailing at FunCats. Generations of West Aussies have come down to South Perth foreshore to take the famous catamarans out on Perth waters. Again, tuition is included in the price just to give you the basics so you can get going. Catamaran hire starts at $40 for an hour.
While Segway's have added fuel to the 'we're getting fat and lazy' argument there's no arguing how much fun they are to ride on. Whizzing around on a two wheeled electric scooter using your body weight to control it is just really satisfying and surprisingly easy.
Segway Tours WA opened up next to the Swan Bell Tower last year and have become pretty popular for tourists and locals wanting to experience what all the fuss is about. While you can take guided tours around the river Segway Tours WA also offer 25 minute learn to ride sessions in their 'experience centre'
For $40 you get an introduction to the Segway then get let loose on the obstacle course. The course includes bridges, mazes, seesaws, rails and bumps. Master these and you've pretty much mastered the Segway.