If you haven't heard of a quad-cycle before, picture a bicycle with four wheels; add bench seating, a roof, and a steering wheel and now you have a quad-cycle. Also known as pedal cars and surrey bikes, whatever you want to call them, they are a fun way to get around and see the suburbs along the Swan River. Available from About Bike Hire in Perth, this is a great way to entice the family out for an adventure in the fresh air and do some exercise at the same time.
These family sized quad-cycles comfortably seat two adults and can also accommodate two children so they won't miss out on the fun. The bikes themselves are easy to operate; it's just a matter of getting comfy, taking hold of the wheel and start peddling. Starting out at the shop, which is just near the Causeway in Perth, your toughest decision will be in which direction to start your expedition.
You could choose to head to East Perth and stop for refreshments at The Royal Hotel or explore the other cafes along the picturesque canal. On the other side of the Causeway, the South Perth foreshore offers a beautiful ride along the Swan with lush reserves, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and a great place to take in the views of the city across the river. Another option is to stick to the city-side and cycle along the river's edge to the Bell Tower and beyond. If you have the energy, the cycle past the cliffs via the Old Swan Brewery and up to Matilda Bay is well worth the trip. Once there, you can check out the vast collection of yachts moored along the bay and make use of the barbeque facilities on the shore.
If you prefer to try something different, About Bike Hire also hires out tandem bicycles, kayaks for the warmer days, as well as standard bicycles and little trailers for the young ones. Car trailers and equipment can also be hired to take away with you. Prices to hire a quad-cycle start from just $17 for half an hour and rates are reduced for longer hire periods.
This really is a fun way to spend the day with your family and a great way to explore the Swan River, you'll be surprised by how much you miss when you are speeding past in your car.