Walking is an enjoyable pastime. You may enjoy a gentle stroll along a flat path, or even something a little more challenging – like a bushwalk through the Perth Hills. Here is the Seniorocity Guide to walking in Perth – whatever your fitness level.
WALKING IN ORGANISED GROUPS
Many Shopping Centres around Perth offer Mall Walking groups. These groups have many benefits – from being in a safe environment, protection from the elements (making it a great for rainy or hot days), walking on a flat, even surface, and meeting new people. There are several shopping centres around Perth that offer this, including: Belmont Forum, Garden City, Rockingham Centre, and Karrinyup.
Seniorocity has a big list of organised walking groups for seniors. Find and join a local walking group and meet new friends and companions on a regular basis. There are many free walking groups all around Perth. We’ve listed local suburb walking groups, as well as larger groups who arrange walks in and around Perth and WA.
Seniors Club Network
This seniors group meet regularly for outings and various walks. The Northern Suburbs Seniors Social Group is an offshoot of the Riverview Burswood Church. The group was established to enable Seniors living in Perth’s Northern Suburbs to become more socially active.
For more information: Lyn Clark on 0419 936 503, or email: [email protected]
River and Lake Walks
Walks along the Swan River are relatively flat, making for an enjoyable and leisurely stroll. An easy 2km walk is from Banks Reserve, Maylands to Claisebrook Cove, East Perth. The walk takes you along the river, past the old East Perth Power Station, on to Victoria Gardens, over the Claisebrook pedestrian bridge and around the Claisebrook Cove inlet, Here there’s waterfront restaurants and cafes, where you could stop for refreshments, before returning back to your starting point. Read all about it here.
Lake Monger also makes for a pleasant walk. The 3.5km route is sealed the whole of the way around, and can be completed in 30-45 minutes. Read all about it here.
Gazing at the ocean can be very calming and we’re very lucky in Perth that much of our coastline has adjacent pathways. As they often intertwine with sand dunes, the coastal walks are not flat, though they offer sealed surfaces and plenty of options when it comes to cafes to stop at. Some areas are particularly popular with joggers and cyclists, so be sure to keep left! We particularly enjoy walks at the Burns Beach and Watermans Bay areas.
Get back to nature with a bushwalk! Enjoy the scent of gum trees and sound of birds in the Perth Hills and other spots around Perth. A relatively easy bushwalk for beginners is found at Lesmurdie Falls. Here there’s a choice of walks of varying lengths, the shortest being the 1.6km walk from the carpark to the Lesmurdie Falls lookout, which is particularly lovely in winter and spring. Read all about it here.
For people that enjoy a longer hike, the Bibbulmun track is a whopping 1000 kms long, though you can break this down into much smaller sections. This is a challenging walk and not suitable for those with mobility problems. It’s worthwhile visiting the Perth Hills Visitors Centre in Kalamunda for maps and information. Read all about it here.
Other bushwalks for seniors:
WA Detective Trails
The WA Detective Trails are self-guided historical “Puzzle walks” of varying distance – but all with a puzzle-solving twist! Choose a route around Perth city, Kings Park, Fremantle, Guildford, Rottnest or places in regional WA. Each trail has a “crime” to solve. Each stop on the trail is an opportunity to look for clues and knock a suspect off your list. When the walk is complete, there should be one name left – that of the guilty person! You can download and print your walk trail in minutes from the website. Or you can email [email protected] Cost for downloading them is $9.95. Read all about it here.
Where is your favourite place for a walk in Perth? Let us know in the comments below!
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