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Paddle by dolphins in Rockingham, drop a line off your canoe in the Swan, or brave the rapids down the Avon River...
there are abundant resources to help you make the most of the local waterways.
Lake Leschenaultia, with its sandy beaches, shaded lawns,
barbecue shelters, playgrounds and cycle paths, is especially
popular with families. Nineteen canoes are available for hire
on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. There are
also great campsites, so you can easily make a weekend of it!
Sea kayaking is one way to take in Penguin and Seal islands,
off Shoalwater Bay and Rockingham. Aside from sea lions
and colonies of pelicans, you might catch sight of a dolphin.
LANE POOL RESERVE
Less than 90 minutes’ drive from the city, this offers an
opportunity to hit the Murray River and take in the beautiful
forest (lucky travellers might even spot a quokka).
The waterways near the city are popular for daytime
kayaking, courtesy of the Swan River, which can take you all
the way down to the south of WA. Kayaks can be hired from
About Bike Hire at Point Fraser Reserve on the foreshore.
Dolphins regularly pop up in the estuary, and a kayak
provides a great chance to get up close. Paddling through
the canals alongside the waterside mansions is also plenty
of fun, and guaranteed to be calm. TIP The houses use owl
statues to keep the seagulls away – have a competition with
the kids and see how many owls they can count!
The Avon River is a popular whitewater experience for
advanced paddlers. Even if you’ve missed the annual Avon
Descent – worth watching if you’re not quite ready to tackle
it yourself – it’s a pretty spot for a picnic, and there’s a good
chance you’ll see some weekend paddlers.
(East Perth, the
Swan Valley or
0412 101 949,
Sea Kayak Tour
(08) 9591 1333
Rivergods Seal and Penguin islands
(and further afield Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef,
Broke Inlet) (08) 9259 0749, rivergods.com.au.
Kayaks at a local picnic area (photography Rockingham
Wild Encounters). INSET Taking to the water for a
paddle (photography Adventure Out Australia).
Keen to join a club
or get extra training?
Head to wa.canoe.
org.au for details.
Where to hire
0419 885 710,
About Bike Hire (Point
Fraser Reserve, East
Perth) (08) 9221 2665,
(08) 9259 0749,
Jetty, South Perth)
0408 926 003,
ROCK CLIMBING & ABSEILING
Just because our mountains are molehills compared to the rest of the world,
it doesn’t mean the climbs are any less fun. You can scramble up boulders
among the wildflowers in the Perth Hills, or abseil down man-made rock walls
in the safety of an indoor climbing centre.
Home to some of the best
climbing in the metro area,
Mountain Quarry is ideal for
first-time abseiling attempts.
Located off Coulston Road
in the Greenmount National
Park, it offers a range of
climbs for beginners to
advanced grades. Most of
the routes have been bolted
and a number of anchors
have been set.
Located in the Gooseberry
Hill National Park, this site
offers a number of walls
with good climbing on
clean and solid rock. The
quarry is packed with bolted
routes and offers options
for every level. For lovers
of slab climbing, Statham’s
also offers a number of
opportunities to get over
the ‘fear to smear’.
A natural playground in
Wungong Regional Park,
this offers sport, traditional
and top-rope climbing, as
well as abseiling. A number
of top-rope anchors have
been set, and the crag
can be accessed via a short
hike in. Be aware, however,
that the uphill hike at the
end of the day is a struggle
The Hangout Indoor
Perth’s largest indoor
climbing centre offers all
skill levels and ages the
chance to scale its walls.
For newbies, it provides
a full safety induction and
there’s free entry and
harness hire for belayers.
12 White Street, Bayswater
(08) 9371 9939.
Rockface Indoor Rock
Learn the ropes with a range
of climbs from top roping
to advanced lead climbing.
They are even two indoor
bouldering caves. 63b John
(08) 9328 5998.
New climbers are offered
a free introductory course
before they head to the
walls. Skill and technique
courses are available, as well
as group ClimbFIT classes
with intense training for
those seriously addicted to
the sport. 2/26 Harris Road,
Malaga (08) 9248 7035.
The Climbers’ Association of Western Australia (CAWA) is a great resource for the best
locations, climbing trips, guides and safety information, as well as creating a forum for
climbers around the state. Check out the CAWA site at climberswa.asn.au.
Going to the wall...
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