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Cycling in Perth

Kick-start your spring fitness campaign with a bike ride around the city.

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An easy way to start is by heading to Kings Park, where the city and river views, stunning wildflowers, wildlife, and grassy picnic spots offer the most picturesque cycling in the city. You can start and finish your ride from the main car park next to the Kings Park Cafe, which is a great spot to enjoy a casual bite to eat. If your bike still has handle-streamers and fluorescent spokey dokeys, probably best you pop into Koala Bike Hire in the car for a new set of wheels and maps of suggested routes around the park.

Those interested in combining their bike ride with a short walk through the park may like to take the 40-minute return journey over the brand new Lotterywest Federation Walkway, which starts at the roundabout on Fraser Avenue. Introducing visitors to attractions such as the botanic gardens and the new Nyoongar performance area amphitheatre, the walkway has been constructed beautifully and is a great way to see Kings Park.

If you're riding with the whole clan, an excellent place to rest is the Western Power Parkland, where the family can enjoy a light meal or a freshly squeezed juice at Zamia's before letting the kids loose on the dinosaur playground.

Another easy ride is the 20km route along the river from the Narrows Bridge to Steve's Hotel in Nedlands and back. If you have the time, you may like to check out the bird life and in particular the migratory birds, which gather on the wetlands at the city end of the Narrows Bridge. This area is particularly pretty, with plenty of shady benches, cycle paths, and walkways over the ponds.

If you'd like to grab a bite to eat during your ride, there are lots of stop-offs between the Narrows and Steve's Hotel including the Swan Brewery Cafe, Matilda Bay and Cafe Jo Jo's. The car park at Fraser's is a good place to leave your car if you're starting from the city, or alternatively there's ample parking in front of Cafe Jo Jo's and the hotel if you'd like to start from the other end. Keep in mind that the afternoon sea breeze can be quite strong, so if you start from Steve's you may struggle with the head winds on the return journey.
 
Directly in front of the city is the scenic circuit around the Swan River between the Causeway and the Narrows. Otherwise known as "the bridges", the circuit is popular with walkers and cyclists of all ages and takes around an hour. If you'd like to make a day of it there are excellent cafes and restaurants along the South Perth foreshore, where you can enjoy the stunning river and city views over a cappuccino or light lunch. The Barrack Street Jetty has some great places to eat out, as well as the Bell Tower, which offers breathtaking views from the top.

If you're riding with a friend and looking for something a little different, About Bike Hire in Causeway Park at the city end of the Causeway have tandem bikes for hire. Both Causeway Park and the South Perth foreshore have plenty of parking spaces, making either of these places a good starting point.

If your old pushbike is rusting in the shed, the team at Ward Cycles in Morley will put together a package to suit your requirements and budget and can also suggest plenty of local rides to suit your fitness level. Ward Cycles can be contacted on (08) 9275 0061.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance web site at bta4bikes.org lists a whole host of club contacts for those looking to take their cycling more seriously. Alternatively, if you'd rather ride on your own, check out the Department for Planning and Infrastructure's cycling web site at dpi.wa.gov.au/metro/gettingthere/cycling/index.html. It provides plenty of information and cycle maps around Perth.

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Although the first half of spring can often be a little wet, when the weather begins to heat up make sure you hit the city pavements and indulge in Perth's glorious alfresco dining. Kings Park is in full bloom this season, so you may like to pack together all your picnic favourites to enjoy amongst the wildflowers.

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