Spring is fast approaching and it would be great to get back to the outdoors in the warm spring sun. I am not sure about yourself, however if you are like me, you may find your budget is just a little tighter than it was a few months ago. I am sure I am not the only one to experience this crunch. Needless to say, I came up with some creative ways to enjoy spring without breaking the bank.
Picnic by the Beach
Perth has the most amazing beaches. Beaches have white sand, the water is turquoise, and (most of the time) there is very little wind.
There are a range of picnic spots along the beach fronts that you can enjoy. The best part is that you can either enjoy already prepared food by the beachside, or prepare something on the BBQ's provided.
1. Hillary Boat Harbour Besides a picnic, you take a stroll through Sorrento Quay or take a dip by the enclosed beach. I enjoy ordering a coffee to go and then watching the scenery while having a little picnic by the little picnics spots provided. If you do this later in the day, you can be assured of seeing the most stunning sunsets with yachts as part of the setting!
2. Scarborough Scarborough offers a wonderful little picnic spot. It is one of my favourite places to go because it is secluded and offers you an amazing view of the ocean. If you feel adventurous, you can take a quick dip and finish off the experience with a picnic with a million dollar view! Plus, if you enjoy coffee, you can order a coffee to go and have it with any food you have prepared.
This little location is just a little north of Perth, however it has a few wonderful picnic spots plus an amazing beach – of course. It is often overlooked because it is further out of town than the other spots. I enjoy going here because you can feel the pace of life just slow down here. Sometimes one needs this just to recharge the batteries.
Not to exclude those in the South, Rockingham is a wonderful little place where you can not only enjoy a picnic but also take a few adventurous trails along the beach front. The beach front trail has a number of brass plagues which educates you on the history of this area. The water is clear and calm (most of the time) and there is a little jetty which offers great views and photo opportunities.
Activities in Perth
Now, if you enjoy doing something on the active side, there are a number of outdoor activities that you can do, once again, with out breaking the bank. Some of these activities require equipment, however if you already have this equipment, then all you need is a commitment to enjoy a great spring day.
1. Mountain Biking
There are a range of mountain bike tracks in Perth that can be enjoyed by yourself or with the family.
While Perth is known to be "flat" there are a number of mountain bike tracks that you can experience, and many of them are free. I have not ridden them all, but so far I am yet to experience a flat terrain.
All these tracks have some inclines which you need to ride up, and the best part is the other side which you ride down.
Some of the tracks are quite long and I would suggest that you a map of the route. Getting lost may just add a few more hours to your adventure. With some tracks, like the heritage trail, you can purchase a map, and I can assure you that it will be the best investment if this is the first time to ride these trails.
2. Hike or Walk Trail
Perth has a host of parks where you can enjoy a nice walk through nature. If you looking at a bit of a work out, you can take on the Jacob 's ladder challenge which has about 300 steps to climb up. Or, if you wish to just take a quite stroll through a natural bushlands, you can visit Whiteman Park. And, if you want to see more sea side, then you can stroll along west coast road which has a pathway designed just for this.
Perth offers some amazing swim spots for kids of all ages to enjoy
Wonderful Beaches accompany wonderful swim spots. And, you are sure to find a spot that will suit you. It is just a means of stopping and swimming.
If you are worried about sharks, there are shark buoys that monitor shark activity. There is also a shark watch. As long as you keep within the flags you should be safe.
Of course, if there is swimming you can be assured of great surf and kite-surfing spots. While I don't do either well enough to warrant a full scale hunt for great spots, I have seen some amazing stunts on the waves. Scarborough Beach area offers you an opportunity to find a few spots where you can let the board sail along the wave – or in the air momentarily.
What ever you choices are, I hope you enjoy the every moment of spring. There is loads of things do. So keep a look out on WeekendNotes to be kept updated with the latest happenings in Perth!