the perfect place to get active and enjoy the great outdoors
Averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Perth enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle year-round, making competitive sports a big part of life for novice players, pros and passionate fans alike. The balmy climate has also been a big drawcard for many international and elite sporting events too, inspiring the creation of world-class sporting venues – many of which take full advantage of the region’s breathtaking landscapes.
World championships and world-class events
Time your visit to Perth and Western Australia to coincide with some world championship sport. Check out the dates for this year’s Hopman Cup hardcourt tennis tournament in Perth, the Margaret River Pro world championship surfing event and the Australasian Safari from Carnarvon – considered to be one of the toughest and most challenging motoring events in the world.
Or experience something a little more out of the ordinary, such as WA’s Avon Decent river race, the epic Busselton Jetty Swim (around the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere), The Gibb Challenge cycle through the Kimberley wilderness and numerous other adventure races. See the full list of WA sports events for details.
Stars of WA sports
See the pros of the pitch put to the test against national and international teams:
- Cheer on Perth’s Eagles or the Fremantle Dockers at WA’s home of Aussie Rules Football – Patersons Stadium in Subiaco
- Catch some of the Ashes action or watch the Western Warriors at the WACA in East Perth
- Get behind Perth Glory in a game of championship soccer
- See some Super 14 rugby with the Western Force at NIB Stadium
A water sports playground
With the longest state coastline in Australia, stretching 20,000 kilometres (including islands), WA is world famous for some of the most consistent, spectacular, high-quality surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions. It’s home to one of the best ‘big wave’ locations on the planet, Margaret River, as well as the legendary Lancelin Ocean Classic, and features some top breaks within easy reach of Perth too. The marine life-rich waters also lure fishing enthusiasts from far and wide to chase big-game catches. Check out the top 10 spots for surfing, windsurfing and fishing to plan your trip.
There aren't too many places in the world where you can swing a golf club while taking in coastal vistas and sharing the green with friendly kangaroos. Some of the top spots to tee off have been designed by world-famous golf architects and played host to world championship tournaments, including the Johnny Walker Classic. Play a round at Joondalup Resort, The Vines in the Swan Valley or Araluen Golf Resort. Enjoy uninterrupted Indian Ocean views at The Cut and The Links, or play a hole or two on the world’s longest golf course – Nullarbor Links.
Cycling tracks and trails
A sunny climate and generally flat terrain make cycling one of the best ways to take in Perth’s picture postcard cityscape and WA’s biodiverse landscapes. The cycling network in Perth is world-class, allowing you to explore its icons by pedal power, including Kings Park (one of the largest inner city parks on Earth), the Swan and Canning Rivers, the Sunset Coast, Swan Valley and Perth Hills, to name a few.
Perth’s very own island playground Rottnest Island is also bike friendly; in fact, it’s the best way to get around this car-free Class A reserve. But if you’re looking for something that’ll get the adrenalin pumping hard, check out the off-road Munda Biddi Bike Trail – one of the few places on Earth where you can cycle through hundreds of kilometres of biodiverse landscapes. See the Department of Transport website or the Top 10 Tracks and Trails for more cycling inspiration.
Bushwalking and hiking
Take in sweeping Indian Ocean vistas, flower-filled bushlands and tall timber forests, one incredible step at a time along the walking tracks of Perth and WA. Take a 40-minute stroll along the Botanical Walk in Kings Park – an inner city park that beats New York’s Central Park for sheer size. Or tackle one of the world’s great long distance walk trails – the 965-kilometre-long Bibbulmun Track, leading from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Take a look at the Top 10 Tracks and Trails for more adventures.