Sometimes when life gets busy you just need to sit, relax and unwind overlooking some beautiful nature. Sounds appealing? Head down to one of these spots, kick back and you won’t be disappointed!
Zig Zag Scenic Drive
Location: Gooseberry Hill, 35 minutes from the CBD
Having arguably the best views over the Swan Coastal Plain and the city below, Zig zag Scenic Drive in Gooseberry hill should be on the top of your list of places to visit. Whilst driving down the one-way street, you have the option of stopping at the carparks at the very top. However, if you’re looking for something a little more secluded, there are plenty of informal bays on your way down the scenic route you can pull in to – just remember that it is a one way street, so if there aren’t any empty spots you will have to drive down and back up around the back.
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Location: 10 minutes from the CBD
Kings Park is the most well known spot on this list, however it is far too notable and beautiful to not be included. With views over the bustling city centre below, as well as Elizabeth Quay and the Swan River, it truly is quite the destination. Being one of the largest city parks in the world, there are a lot of walking trails, hidden lookouts and seating areas for those willing to search. But if you just want to relax, you can sit along Fraser Avenue and enjoy the view with everyone else.
Photo by @danniexdough
Scarborough Sunset Hill
Location: Scarborough, 20 minutes from the CBD
Thanks to the new $100 million dollar revitalisation of the Scarborough beach front, there is a lot to do in this amazing vicinity- one of which is the new Sunset Hill. Located near the heart of the precinct, Sunset Hill is a tall grassy area overlooking the beach and ocean below. Grab some food at your choice of the many new restaurants, plonk yourself down and revel in what makes Western Australia great.
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Location: Lesmurdie, 25 minutes from the CBD
One of the most popular lookouts in Perth’s hills, Lions Lookout in Lesmurdie boasts amazing views over the sparkling city below and is a great place to relax either during the day or at night. Oftentimes throughout the year there are food trucks stationed there, so you can park up, grab a meal and watch the sun set below. There are also benches and barbecue facilities if you’re thinking about making an evening out of it!
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Location: Lesmurdie, 30 minutes from the CBD
To watch the sunset you have the choice of driving a little further up the road from the carpark and watching from your car, however it is definitely worth it to take the 5 minute walk, sit on the platform next to the falls and bath in the golden light. This is always a stunning location to relax, with the waterfall beside you, the city in front of you and the hills surrounding you.
While you’re there make sure you check out the many great hiking trails available as well!
Photo by @cjmaddock
Location: Flint, 1 hour and 5 minutes from the CBD
Mount Dale, although a further drive out, is an absolutely wonderful and isolated place to kick your feet up and relax with no one around to bother you. Being surrounded by bush beautifully reflects the golden glow as the sun goes down, creating a truly breathtaking experience. Just be warned, it is recommended to use a 4WD to get there as the last section of the road is unsealed, however it can be done if needed in a smaller car.
Photo by @viktorposnov
About the author:
Reuben is an avid urban enthusiast and a sucker for quirky aesthetics. A well-travelled photographer, writer and self-proclaimed music connoisseur by trade, he’s always on the grind for new content. You’ll usually find him trekking around Perth’s vast bushland with his handy camera and trusty drone or in your local cafe sipping on a cappuccino! Find his photos at: instragram.com/hunkypanda
Cover photo by @cjmaddock