Perth’s 12 Best Running Tracks | Surge Fitness

Staying fit and healthy while (mostly) staying at home is not as hard as you think. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, there are loads of ways to follow your fitness goals while respecting the essential social distancing measures.

Missed those posts? Check them out here: Keeping Fit While Isolating and Workout Using Your Own Body As Weight.

Now we’re going to lift the veil on a Perth fitness secret, by introducing our 12 favourite running trails. In this guide we’ll take you back to basics and share our favourite running routes for all fitness levels, to help you chase that coveted runner’s high and shake up your routine.

The easiest way to work out in Perth

Whether you love it or you’re a new runner, it’s time to lace up your shoes and get outside. Any of our PTs will tell you running – or vigorous walking if you’re not up to running – is an essential part of working out in Perth. There are so many benefits:

  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Shred fat
  • Build strength, mobility and endurance
  • Explore a new piece of Perth
  • Great for mental health
  • Caters to all ability levels

Check out these trails and tracks around Perth, and in no time you’ll be eagerly awaiting your next run.

1.    Bells Rapid Walk Trail

Let’s start slow with a 2.5km walk around one of Perth’s favourite weekend adventure spots. The Bells Rapids walk trail starts at Cathedral Avenue, off Great Northern Highway in Brigadoon. On the walk or run you can take in sweeping Swan River views and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

2.    Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail

Beach and bush in the same trail? Yes please! Get the best of both worlds by following the 7km trail starting at south Scarborough and meandering north to Trigg where you finish among natural bushland.


3.    Carine Regional Open Space

Stay north of the river and work up to a 5km run in spectacular suburban swampland. Carine Regional Open Space features a partly shaded 5km running track, best accessed from the public parking off Oakley Road in Carine.

4.    Law Walk

Work out among the Perth treetops and get lost in the city’s sprawling inner-city parkland. Kings Park has plenty of trails to explore, starting with the invigorating 2.5km Law Walk trail including the famous treetop bridge with stunning views over the Swan River and CBD.

5.    Matilda Bay Reserve

Head towards UWA and discover the 2.1km Matilda Bay Reserve loop trail. A hidden gem in Perth fitness, the trail (perfect for all fitness levels) starts near the public car park on Hackett Drive, Crawley and extends out around the grassy parkland fringing Matilda Bay.

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6.    Allen Park Bushland

Located in Swanbourne, just 1km from the coast and close to Campbell Barracks, Allen Park is made up of around 8 hectares of native bushland. Test your fitness (and earn your 360° view) with a run up Melon Hill, or simply jog around the park’s abundant bushland trails.

7.    Zamia Trail, Reabold Hill

Hidden away in the leafy surrounds of City Beach, Reabold Hill is one of the most iconic Perth fitness areas. The 5km Zamia Trail winds through natural bushland and takes in an incredible coastal view at its peak 85m above sea level. Perfect for walkers and aspiring trail runners alike, this one will really get your heart racing.

8.    Burswood/Windan/Causeway Loop

Get a taste of Perth’s famous bridges with the more manageable 6km loop from the Causeway to Windan Bridge in East Perth. Start from the Riverside Drive car park on the west side of the Causeway, head along the river to cross at Windan bridge, work your way back past Optus Stadium and past Crown the cross the causeway and return to the car park.

You can shorten this run by crossing at Matagarup Bridge.

9.    The Bridges

Every Perth fitness fanatic knows the 10km bridge-to-bridge loop. Along this 10km running (or walking) loop you can take in CBD scenery from South Perth, and enjoy the view looking back the other way from Langley Park. You can start from the same carpark as the Burswood loop, or follow the trend of other athletes and set off from Wesley College boat shed in South Perth.

10.  Coogee Beach Trail

Head south for stunning ocean views along the South Beach to Coogee trail. Start your adventure from South Beach Café and follow the coastal train almost 5km to Coogee Marina, where you can choose to jump on the bus 548 or turn around and double the distance.

11.  Marine Parade, Cottesloe

Cottesloe beach is a stunner all year round, but it’s especially pleasant on mild autumn mornings before the wind comes in. Choose your own starting point anywhere along Marine Parade. The flat running track stretches 7km between Scarborough Beach and Port Beach, and even has outdoor gyms for a workout over Perth’s iconic seascape.

12.  Lake Monger Reserve

The 3.5km Lake Monger loop is a favourite for working out in Perth, especially if you’re looking to build up distance over time. Watch out for cyclists, families and wildlife (like swans and ducks) who also use the trail as you discover an everchanging wetland landscape just a few kilometres from the city centre.

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Perth fitness for free

One of the best things about running is it’s completely free if you already have the gear. You can do it virtually anywhere, and now the hot summer days are behind us it’s much more comfortable to get outside. Plus, the solitude of a solo run is something money can’t buy. It’s just you and your fitness goals, alone on the path to a happier mind and healthier body.

Running or working out at home? Why you should do both

Maintaining physical and mental health during these uncertain times of isolation is essential. Exercise helps to manage stress and anxiety, gives us a much-needed break, and promotes a sense of accomplishment in a time when the days are blending together.

Start at your own pace and you’ll be amazed and how fast your fitness improves. If you’re not ready to run, you can still enjoy a brisk walk on these favourite trails.

For more Perth fitness tips, including working out from home and staying fit during isolation, check out Surge On Demand or follow our blog for regular updates.

Important Information Regarding Your Surge Fitness Membership.

Yesterday’s announcement from our Prime Minister ordering the immediate closure of Fitness Facilities across the nation is significant a blow to all of us across many Industries. We understand that this decision has been based on the best advice currently available to those responsible for our safety and with the Impending state border closures, and increasing community concerns, meant that this decision was unavoidable.

As such, it is with great sadness that we today announce that all Surge Fitness clubs will temporarily close, effective from 12pm today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

At Surge Fitness, we believe that we can make a difference, change lives and build healthy communities. As a brand, we still have a lot of work to do and we all believe that we can continue to positively impact our members and the local communities at large during this time of uncertainty.

Like many of you, our business is facing unprecedented impacts both on our people and our business and we will continue to work through the issues together as effectively as possible.

During this time of closure, all memberships will be placed on complimentary freeze until we are in a position to resume our regular services. Surge Fitness has been working on contingency plans throughout the past few weeks to provide ongoing services to our members such as online & virtual training platforms including numerous resources to help support our members physical and mental health well-being.

Further announcements will be made in the coming days with communications to be published both on our social media platforms and via email once the government has clarified their position regarding the forced closure directive.

On behalf of all of the team at Surge Fitness we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support over the years. As a team we have shared some memorable experiences with you all. Today's forced closure is just a minor setback in our Health & Fitness journey together.