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13 Places To Work Up A Sweat Outdoors In Perth

At last, the perfect excuse to cancel that gym membership.

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1. Whitfords Nodes Beach

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Notorious for being a favourite spot for families to kick the footy or soccer ball around, Whitfords Nodes' distinctive features truly provide something for everyone. Not only a picturesque beach, this spot includes a limestone track that runs through the luscious bushland, with steep climbs and descents, making it perfect for mountain bikers or adventurous runners.

2. Jacob's Ladder

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This one is definitely not for the unfit or faint-hearted. The most popular outdoor spot for cardio lovers in Perth, these twisting staircases link the north-east corner of King's Park with the river. With nearly 300 steps, this 43 metre descent can get very crowded, so stopping to get a snap of the Perth scenery needs to be done quickly.

3. Kokoda Track

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Located in Kings Park, the Kokoda Track is a tribute to the heroic Australian troops of World War II. The track also doubles as an exercise course, and while not as popular as Jacob's Ladder, it will definitely get your heart pumping. The track features irregular steps and inclined slopes, so is perfect for people training for big treks.

4. Lake Monger

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Situated north-west of Perth's CBD, Lake Monger is a large urban wetland between Leederville, Wembley and Glendalough. With 100 hectares surrounding the parklands, known as the Lake Monger Reserve, it's perfect for joggers, walkers and cyclists, with a 3.5 kilometre paved track that surrounds the lake.

5. Cottesloe Beach

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Sweat it out as you take in the scenery at one of Perth's most popular beaches. Cottesloe Beach, a favourite with locals and tourists, features paths for joggers and cyclists, an array of fitness classes and also a designated workout space with chin-up and push-up bars. If that's not your thing, you can also swim, snorkel or surf.

6. Kings Park

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Kings Park is known as one of the world's largest inner-city parks, with widespread views of the Swan and Canning Rivers. The park is home to over 80 bird species and is not only perfect for joggers and cyclists, but regular morning fitness classes too. The most popular, "Pilates in the Park Perth" is conducted by experienced physiotherapists in the heart of the park.

7. Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails

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The Kalamunda MTB trails, situated in the National Park and State Forest are known to be the busiest and biggest in Western Australia. Just a 40-minute drive from Perth, the trails cater to every level of skill, from easy (Grenn Circle), to intermediate (Blue Square) and to the difficult (Black Diamond).

8. Churchman Brook

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Churchman Brooks is one of the most loved climbing locations in the Perth area, and is located east of Armadale, about a 45 minute drive from the Perth CBD. The cliff is divided into two parts, the west side being restricted for beginner climbers, and the east for advanced.

9. The Swan River

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Everyday in Perth, locals are up early, getting physical along the riverbanks of the Swan River. With a 28 kilometre foreshore, the dual walking and cycle paths travel along the river's edge and transition to beautiful parklands and bushland. If you're sticking to the path, be on the lookout for dolphins, as they are known to populate the river.

10. Bold Park

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Known as one of Perth's hidden gems, Bold Park features the largest remaining bushland remnants in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain. Covering 437 hectares, the park features an extensive network of walking trails, totalling up to 15 kilometres. It also boasts impressive scenic city views and bushland, and is home to 300 local native plants.

11. McCallum Park

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McCullum Park is known in Perth for its well-equipped training facility that includes a stepper, cross-trainer, cycle seat and rowing machine. The park also contains a skate park, basketball courts and a bike repair station just in case you ever get a flat tyre.

12. Banks Reserve

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Located in East Perth, Banks Reserve is a popular spot for early morning boot camp classes and features stunning views of the Swan River. With steep hill inclines, as well as flat surfaces, the reserve links to the Wetlands Heritage Trail. Banks Reserve is also very popular with cyclists, and features equipment stations with handy how-to's just in case you need some help.

13. Mandurah Estuary

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With hire gear for canoes and kayaks available onsite, the Mandurah Estuary's safe and calm waters are a favourite with beginners to these sports. This spot, popular with lovers of water sports is located 50 minutes South of Perth and is also home to dolphins and an array of water birds.

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