Last weekend, Mr Bite and I went for a leisurely, long bike ride along a stretch of Perth's Swan River. Doing so made me think that it was time for another 'out and about in Perth' post. And so! Here we are.
|Hello my bike|
For those of you not familiar with Perth, the city grew up around the Swan River, which extends from the Perth hills east of the city right down to Fremantle in the west, where it joins the Indian Ocean. The riverside areas provide opportunities for walking, running, cycling, dog walking, and picnicking.
|Our cycle route on the weekend (in blue) - A to B and back, and then onwards to get home|
On the weekend, we cycled a riverside section that we hadn't previously explored. New cycle tracks are quite a novel experience when you have lived somewhere for an extended period of time. It was cool and crisp, but sunny and not too windy - perfect cycling weather. The riverside areas are also largely flat, which is a bonus when you are on a bike.
The only downside to the outing is that Mr Bite did something to his right knee on our homeward stretch, and I have aggravated a muscle somewhere deep in my butt (!). However, if you leave our niggling injuries aside - clearly we are getting old! - it was a truly wonderful afternoon.
Another favourite spot at this time of year (and in fact at most times of year) is the Bold Park botanical gardens, located closer to the ocean than the river. 'Botanical gardens' is a bit of a misnomer as the area is unmanicured and unconstrained. There are various walk trails through trees, rocks and sand patches, with plenty of hills and some fabulous views.
These phone-based photos don't do the scenes justice, but the area is also stunning at sunset.
It is days like the above that make me glad to live in Australia.
Previous 'out and about in Perth' posts can be found here and here.
Do you enjoy exploring your hometown? And have you had any recent outings to new places?