52 Weekend Microadventures to try from Perth
In the spirit of new experiences, the running theme for this list is outdoors, nature, wildlife and positive challenges. Also, a few coffee breaks slipped in for good measure. 52 outdoor activities and micro adventures to try from Perth, so that is one every weekend for an entire year. A little trip may give you the same happiness and satisfaction as a longer one, the mental challenge refreshing your mind and all the while seeing the beauty of Western Australia.
Short bursts of travel, let’s go!
Overnight on a sheep station in the West Australian outback and try some prospecting
Long weekend in the forest and along the coast, hiking the Bibbulmun track from Walpole to Denmark, visiting the Tree Top Walk
Camp in the Karri Forest at Warren National Park and experience the magic of a sunrise and sunset in the forest
Tree spotting and wandering around Kings Park Botanical Gardens, pick up a small guide for tree locations from the gift store
Cycle around Rottnest exploring the endless swimming bays, find a secluded bay and set up for the afternoon
Sunset picnic or BBQ at City Beach under the Sheoak trees (pick a windless day)
Snorkel the coogee beach trail, south of Fremantle
Stay at Boshack Outback. Experience star gazing, yabbi netting, canoeing, Australian billy tea and more
Go on a twilight guided walk at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep an eye out for Woylies, Quendas, and Tammar Wallabies
Walk the sand bar at Point Walter Reserve (on good conditions)
Tree Top adventures rope experience near Dwellingup at Lane Poole Reserve
Cycle the coastal path from Fremantle to Burns Beach, bring the bathers for a dip in the ocean and stop in for coffee at Cottelsoe, Swanbourne or City Beach
Camp under the forest canopy at Honeymoon Pool in Wellington National Park
Walk the Trigg Heritage trail near Trigg Beach
Evening cycle around the Swan River in Perth’s CBD, views of the sparkling city skyline from South Perth foreshore cycle path
Participate in the Karri Cup in Northcliffe, a chance to ride ‘off the beaten trails’ in a social event, ending the day with a buffet dinner
Black Cockatoo open day at Kaarakin Conservation Centre, get up close to these large birds, endemic to Western Australia
Weekend in the forest close to Perth, hike the Bibbulmun track, from Perth Discovery Centre, camping overnight at Helena campsite
Hike the Numbat trail in Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary, start early for a chance to see the local wildlife
Picnic at Araluen during the Tulip Festival, Perth’s largest display of tulips
Visit the Tuart Forest National Park, Perth’s gigantic tree species, this is one of the last Tuart forests close to Perth, located near Busselton
Visit one of Australia’s most haunted places, Midland Town Centre
Visit WA’s largest arboretum, the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup. In autumn see the beautiful fall foliage. Plenty of cafes in town.
Visit Lake Claremont, what was once a rubbish fill is now a nature reserve and a great example of an environmental rehabilitation program. Cycle or walk around the perimeter and finish with coffee and a French pastry from Choux Cafe or a swim at the local pool on Davies Road.
The Cape to Cape MTB weekend, an epic multi day ride through Margaret River
Take a free guided walk at Bold Park outside of Perth, keep an eye out for birds of prey. On a windy day, the noise through the hilly park is pretty incredible.
Picnic in Kings Park Botanical Gardens and walk the Bushland trail, end the day with a movie at the outdoor cinema within the park
Blackwood River canoeing in Nannup
Flying Trapeze in Alfred Cove along the Swan River
Visit the local Hamelin Bay Stingrays in Margaret River
See the birds of prey at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre in Margaret River and have one sit on your arm
See a King Jarrah Tree, along the King Jarrah and Lane Poole walking trails
Archerytag on Rottnest Island, a cross between Lasertag and Paint Ball, however with specially designed low impact Archery equipment
Experience camping in a National Park without buying the equipment at WA Wilderness
Stay at Evedon Bush Park Retreat, light the pot belly fire in winter, fish from the lake, go bushwalking from the retreat
Climb the 3 historic fire look out trees to dizzying heights in Pemberton
Log onto meetup.com and try a new outdoor adventure like mountain biking, SUP or hiking with like minded people
Camp overnight at Mt Gibson, 131,710 hectares of semi-arid woodland and keep an eye out for the Western Spiny-tailed Skink