Cycling is a fun way to get some exercise, spend time with the family and enjoy Perth’s clean, fresh air on a sunny day. We are lucky to have so many great walking and cycling paths throughout the city, and some cycle trails are great for families with children – especially kids who just learning to ride a bike. From north to south and out to the east, here are some of the best trails and paths for kids.
CBD and Western Suburbs
Cottesloe Beach Start from Marine Parade, Cottesloe
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What makes it family friendly? • Mainly flat surfaces, some hilly areas – great for older kids and teens.
• Try the 5km trail from Cottesloe Beach to Leighton Beach in North Fremantle.
Windan Bridge Loop Starting from Riverside Drive, west of the Causeway on the Swan River Foreshore
What makes it family friendly? • This is an easy, 6.2km loop running from the Swan River, over Heirisson Island and onto East Perth.
• Runs through gorgeous parklands and Victoria Gardens, which has water fountains and toilets.
• There are various cafes in East Perth to make a stop at.
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What makes it family friendly? • There are cycle trails for all ages and abilities throughout Kings Park, including long stints of flat surfaces and hilly areas.
• Playgrounds along the way.
• Barbeques and cafes dotted around the park.
North of Perth
Herdsman Lake Jon Sanders Parade, Herdsman
What makes it family friendly? • The simple loop is roughly 7km of flat terrain.
• There are toilets in the Herdsman Wildlife Centre, plus playgrounds to explore.
• The trail is largely shaded by lots of trees.
• There is lots of wildlife to spot along the way.
Shepherds Bush Park Park, Kingsley 116 Barridale Drive, Kingsley
What makes it family friendly? • It is a new park that opened in 2016
• There are colour coded cycle tracks to signify beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
• Beginners track suitable for younger kids.
• Play equipment.
East and Perth Hills
Swan Valley Heritage Trail Starting from West Swan Road, West Swan
What makes it family friendly? • The 12km trail following West Swan Road is an easy ride suitable for all ages and abilities.
• Ride past parkland, wineries, galleries, fruit stalls and much more.
• There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the way or places to sit with a picnic.
• Taylor Park has barbecues and toilets.
South of the River
Rockingham Foreshore Start from one of the carparks along Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham
What makes it family friendly? • Flat surfaces with very small hills.
• Runs adjacent to the beach.
• Shaded areas.
• Playgrounds along the way.
Bibra Lake Progress Drive, Bibra Lake
What makes it family friendly? • Mostly wide, flat pathway, making it suitable for all ages.
• Lots of shaded areas.
• Home to the awesome Bibra Lake Regional Playground.
What makes it family friendly? • Great park to visit if you have kids that are learning to ride.
• Fantastic bike track of a few hundred metres – ideal for young children.
• Has lots of different road signs, including stop and give way signs, a roundabout, a no entry and a one way track.
What makes it family friendly? • Heaps of cycle routes for all ages and levels of experience.
• Gorgeous beaches and coves to explore, swim and snorkel at all around the island.
• Has a 22km loop around the island, which is best suited to teens and older children, but there are lots of flat surfaces throughout the island and you don’t have to ride the entire loop, of course.
• There are toilets available all over the island.
• The island has an aqua park for kids open during the warmer months.
So what are you waiting for? Grab those bicycles, tricycles and training wheels and head off for a lovely family bike ride around Perth.