From parks to cafes, libraries to walking tracks, there’s so many fantastic ways to relax and unwind in Perth.
Sunrise in the City
If you are a morning person, or can find it within yourself to leave the warmth of your bed to find peace – I highly recommend it.
Walking around Perth City at dawn is a magical experience – watch the sky turn pink and the city buildings reflect orange. I find it extremely meditating to be out when the light first touches the earth.
Sailing Club Foreshore
Dawn at the Sailing Club Foreshore.
Alongside the University of Western Australia at Crawley is a road that leads out to a quiet piece of water, where you can sit and watch the city over the water as you ponder.
You don’t hear anything except the sound of the water knocking against the jetty and boats – it’s bliss!
Location: Hackett Drive, Crawley
University of Western Australia
These one-hundred-year-old grounds hold the footsteps of many who have gone on to succeed in their field. Take a seat under one of the many great trees with a book or to be just lost in thought.
Location: Stirling Highway, Crawley
The state library is an amazing place to find a little quiet in the city, in more ways than one.
A café resides on the ground floor where you can take your drinks and treats to little booths inside the library.
The fourth floor has an amazing view over the Perth Cultural Centre and showcases the brilliant architecture of the city buildings.
Location: 25 Francis Street, Perth
The Perth City library is an exquisite building that must be explored, with different environments and texts to read and study.
The architecture of this building is magnificent and it is one of my favourite places to hide away.
Location: 573 Hay Street Perth
Perth Cultural Centre
If you like to unwind surrounded by the ambient noise of the inner city community, take a seat in the Perth Culture Centre. Vigorous, vibrant and spirited, this locale allows you to sit and ponder, watch and read.
There are various different environments to sit, depending on your mood. There is the Urban Wetland that is perfect for a lunchtime getaway, James St Amphitheatre steps to sit on that are perfect for watching the big screen, park benches opposite the museum where you can sit and people watch or read a book.
Location: Bordered by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street and William St, Northbridge
Art Gallery of Western Australia
I love walking around the Art Gallery, it’s peaceful and therapeutic. Put headphones in with classical music or a sounds app, and let your mind wander.
Location: Perth Cultural Centre
My favourite summertime lunchtime garden – full of roses, perfect lawn and a water feature.
I lay in the grass with my lunch and a book with a dose of Vitamin D. There are trees to shade you and birds to admire as they dance and play in the garden.
Location: Crn Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace, Perth
John Oldham Park
Water has amazing healing powers, the frequency quiets your brain and allows it to find peace.
John Oldham Park is a perfectly placed park bench lays right in front of the waterfall, surrounded by walls of trees, ferns dipping their long fingers in the water and ducks that play in the falling water.
Or you can go sit on rocks at different levels around the waterfall. I have a little secret spot that I love to sit, surrounded by pinecones and trees, and that is the very top of the waterfall.
Location: Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Mounts Bay Road
Near the Old Swan Brewery, it’s tranquil and soothing. Sit on one of the many park benches along Mounts Bay Road and look out to the Swan River.
Take a breath and listen to the water, watch the boats, indulge in the brilliant sunsets. Dolphins are commonly seen passing through here toward Melville water or in the opposite direction.
Location: Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Full of possibilities! Flat ground or a hill? Views of the city, the river or be surrounded by trees?
Lay outside in nature or sit in a café? Book, picnic or both? Secluded spot or somewhere you can people watch? Explore!
Location: Off Kings Park Road, West Perth
One of my favourite mini city getaways is to take a ferry ride from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth and back.
The ride is beautifully smooth as she glides over the water giving you an amazing view between the two jetties.
You can use your Transperth SmartRider, just like taking the train or bus.
Location: Catch the Transperth Ferry from Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Sassy on the Swan
There is a table right at the back of this little café, it looks out on the water and you can hear the water hitting the jetty underneath you.
Take a book, a notebook or your laptop and enjoy the serenity.
Location: 171 Riverside Drive, Perth
A delightful garden flourishing with a kinship of birds, beautiful lawns, huge trees and quaint bridges.
Park benches are positioned in perfect spots to sit in peace. Even though it’s not yet spring, you will spot fluffy white cygnets.
But please be aware that the beautiful parents – Western Australia’s fauna emblem, the black swan – are very protective of their little ones.
Location: Bound by Hay Street and Plain Street, East Perth
If you want to be secluded, be left alone with your thoughts, and have a beautiful space with amazing views, Victoria Gardens and Claisebrook Cove are your sanctuary.
Park benches look out to the construction of the Perth Stadium, or you can sit on a grassy hill and watch the world go by.
Walk down the stairs to the water and sit on the park bench in the sunshine while you watch the ferries sail by. I highly recommend this amazing little piece of Perth.
Henry Lawson walk in the road opposite the park bench mentioned above.
The road is lined with beautiful townhouses with iron balconies and front yards filled with fruit trees.
This road has a path that leads along the water with places to sit and artwork to admire. The path leads down to a little cove of restaurants and a waterfall under the bridge.
Take this relaxing walk – an amazing way to unwind – at sunset on a Sunday evening.
Location: Off Royal Street, East Perth
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