When you want to get away from it all, sit in silent contemplation or find a quiet spot to chill with mates the first things that usually come to mind are house, park or beach. Unfortunately that is the first thing that comes to everyone's minds and the house is just boring. So here are a few different places next time you feel like escaping.
Jetties Jetties are a great place to watch the world go by. Because they're built out over the water you're instantly taken away from the noise that city life brings. Whether it's over the ocean or the river you can be sure to find a jetty in Perth all to yourself, for some odd reason not very many people use them.
In the central area there are a few good options. Coode st. Jetty in South Perth sits in front of a quiet parkland overlooking the Perth city skyline. A little further away in Como there are two cool places.
The Preston st. Jetty stretches around 200 metres out into the river where the Swan meets the Canning. Closer to the Mt. Henry bridge is the Olive Reserve Jetty. This one is much smaller, but what is really intriguing is that it floods at high tide. There's nice views over the South Perth Yacht club and bushland behind you to drown out any traffic.
There are plenty of jetties upstream on both the Swan and Canning rivers which are popular with fishermen. In the middle of the day though you can almost hear a leaf drop. We have one ocean jetty at North Beach too. If waves crashing against cliffs is your idea of relaxation this one is perfect for you.
Fresh Water Streams This is my personal favourite way to spend a day chilling out. Many people don't realise it but Perth actually has quite a lot of small streams around the Swan Valley and Perth Hills area.
Just imagine a nice sunny day, sitting around in a shallow fresh water stream with a few mates and beers to enjoy. Not a worry in the world. Depending on which stream you go to the water is drinkable and incredibly refreshing.
It's very easy to forget about time and stress with the sound of flowing water and rustling leaves drowning out the outside world. Your left free to escape into your own paradise.
In the Swan Valley try Susannah Brook in Baskerville, Jane Brook in Herne Hill or the Helena River near Gooseberry Hill. The best part about the Swan Valley streams is that you're never more than five minutes from a brewery or winery.
If you head up further into the hills you can find the drinkable streams. Small flows run through the rocks at Red Hill, pooling in certain locations. John Forrest National Park and Darling Ranges regional park has endless options for your relaxation pleasure and at the height of summer most places along the Avon river are tame enough to enjoy.
If you want to escape and are bored of the normal retreats these are two great alternatives. If you explore Perth enough you're bound to find your own private slice of heaven. Finding a place to relax away from everyone else is one of the best things you can do for yourself.