Enjoying Perth can be all about getting out of the main city area

 

Scenic Spots

 

If you are in the city, go to one of the diverse areas in Kings Park such as Pioneer Woman Memorial Fountain in West Perth or the lakes and trees at Hyde Park in North Perth.

Matilda Bay in the urban riverside suburb of Crawley is a great place to enjoy river views and maybe explore the grounds of the University of Western Australia nearby. Or have a sunset picnic at Heathcote Reserve, high on the hill overlooking the Swan River (Canning Beach Road, Applecross). The kids can play at the "pirate-ship" playground while you cook sausages on the free gas barbecues with the gentle breeze in your hair while you watch the occasional dolphin swimming in the river. Heathcote is an old building by Perth standards and used to be a rest home for the mentally ill, but now the beautiful grounds are used by the public and the buildings are used for community art galleries, public courses, a restaurant and cafe.

Drive out to Lesmurdie Falls in the Darling Range hills and look over the bridge at the waterfall or take a short hike to the bottom of the valley and sit on the granite boulders by the stream. You'll see native Australian bushland and wildflowers in spring, and the kids can take their shoes off and paddle in the water. 

Wildlife

See kangaroos in their natural habit for much less money than a "touristy" animal zoo would cost. Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park is a great place to see birdlife and kangaroos, in natural bushland setting used as both a cemetery (with no raised gravestones) and also a wildlife reserve. This area is also popular with joggers and people walking their dogs amongst the tall trees and lakes. Marangaroo Golf Course is only 20 minutes from the city. It is a beautiful public golf course set in the midst of bushland, and also popular with the local kangaroos who live there. Chip onto the green, just 1 metre from a lazy kangaroo lying down on the fairway.  You get the holiday fun of playing golf on a picturesque course, plus the Australian experience of seeing some native animals up close.  You're not always guaranteed to see a kangaroo, but it's rare to play 18 holes without typically seeing some kangaroos and colourful native parrots.

Beaches

Don't leave Perth without spending a day or two on a beautiful white sandy beach on the west coast if the weather is nice.

Try Port Beach, Fremantle if you are south of the Swan River, or Sorrento Beach if you are north of the Swan River and want small, safer waves. For a bit more excitement try City Beach or Floreat Beach for medium waves or the strong waves at Scarborough beach, but always swim between the flags which are patrolled by volunteer surf life saverson weekends or council life guards midweek. 

If you have small children, try the protected section north of Trigg Beach by the rocks and caves, or Mettams Pool (between Trigg Point and Sorrento Beach) which is a rock pool ideal for learning to snorkel, or the protected beach in Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Enjoy!