Yet how often do you see a friend whinging on Facebook they have nothing to do? How often do you hear someone say they wish they were somewhere else? Well, don't listen to the haters. There are plenty of unnoticed assets in Perth which are the envy of everyone else in the world.
The Swan River
While working in tourism I had the pleasure of talking to many travellers, and one thing which frequently came up was how clean and beautiful our river is. Yes, by our standards the river may be in poor health, but compared to other big city rivers in Australia and overseas it is remarkably clean.
What else is remarkable is how few activities there are based around the river, and how few people use it. Boat owners aside, the river is low on the list of things to do for people planning activities. This need not be the case. You can hire kayaks, you can beach comb, you can go fishing, it is great for photography, or you can just take some food and drink and have a picnic at one of many quiet spots along the Swan River banks.
Parks We have a lot of green space in our city. From small suburban greens to regional open space, sports fields and protected bushland you can barely walk a few minutes without coming across another open space.
The drab new fringe suburbs aren't quite the same, with more of a focus on a few central parks rather than parks for every street, and inner city areas are slowly taking our green spaces away, but the green in the suburbs is still alive and well for now.
Beaches Yep, our beaches are damn popular. So why have I included beaches on this list. The best beaches in the world are always a hot topic, and so rarely have I heard West Aussies rate their own backyard as their first choice.
WA has beaches of world fame such as Cable Beach, Turquoise Bay, Greens Pool and Lucky Bay. The thing about these is, go to those beaches and a local will always tell you there's a better one just down the road.
In Perth you have Trigg, Cottesloe, Scarborough and other well-trafficked beaches. Between the major beaches there are quiet bays and empty stretches while on the outskirts to Mandurah and Lancelin you have endless white sand which, again, is the envy of the many.
Clean Air Take a breath in, it is easy isn't it. Even in the centre of the CBD our air is remarkably clean, and it only gets better the further afield you go.
Big cities the world over all tend to have clean air issues. The east coast, Europe, America... where ever you go you'll be hard-pressed to find a capital city with air even country folk wont complain about (too much).
Within two hours of the CBD you can visit giant sand dunes, green hills, white sand beaches, deep green forests, flowing rivers, cliffs, muddy swamps, endless expanses of bushland and peaceful lakes.
Perth is a veritable haven for those keen to see the outdoors but not able to head off the beaten track. Really the only thing we are missing is the tropical rainforests of Northern Australia.
Few places have the same natural diversity as Perth and its surrounds
So next time someone says they have nothing to do, tell them to get out from under their rock and go explore one of many, many state forests, national parks, bushland, coastline or natural attractions within an arms length of our great city.
Very well said. When we arrived in Perth from SA we explored every single weekend. Our neighbours who were born here asked -where do you go every weekend. We are bored!! It just goes to show, it's whether you have a glass half full or a glass half empty. How can you be bored. Just point your car is any direction and turn off at the first information sign and you will find a treasure land of things to see and do. Winter is the best time to do it too as there's no flies!!