For some people, the word ‘golf’ conjures up imagery of elderly gents in polo shirts and sweaters trotting around a green at a leisurely pace. However, there is so much more to golf than this shallow view. Even if you’ve never really tried your hand at golf — or you simply aren’t very good — there’s plenty to like about many of the golf courses in and around Perth, especially if you want to get the family involved. There is also a great collection of mini golf courses, giving the whole family something to do.
Golf courses by region:
Nedlands Golf Club
If you’re a fan of walking to stay fit, golfing is a great way to hit two birdies with one ball. Nedlands Golf Club, for example, has picturesque greens with sweeping vistas and a majestic view of Matilda Bay. Each hole in the nine-hole course has its own subtle challenge, making this course particularly good to replay time and time again until you edge ever closer to the club record. Visitors are most welcome, and the pro shop comes with everything you’d expect from a clubhouse — all with very reasonable prices.
Hamersley Public Golf Course
While the standard rates for the 18-hole course is a reasonable $32 for general admission and $25 for concession, a slightly cheaper alternative is Hamersley Public Golf Course. Its 18-hole rate is $25.50 for general admission and $19.50 for concession. Hamersley Public Golf Course opens between 5:30 am and 7:00 am (depending on the season). It can be a great way to sneak in some golf before heading off to work.
Hamersley Public Golf Course also has its own driving range. Additionally, to ensure the highest quality standards are maintained, Hamersley Public Golf Course has the City of Stirling carry out biannual course renovations.
Wembley Golf Complex
Less than 10 minutes away from the CBD, you’ll find a pair of amazing courses at the Wembley Golf Complex. You’ll also discover an all-new driving range within a lovely bushland environment. There are 36 unique tree-lined holes on undulating terrains that challenge every golfer.
Soccer + Golf = FootGolf?!?
You would’ve thought that there would be little left to add for such an action-packed course like Wembley — but you’d be mistaken! Wembley also has its own custom-made 18-hole FootGolf course; it was the first FootGolf course in Australia to receive accreditation by the Federation for International FootGolf. Essentially, FootGolf is the hybridisation of soccer and golf. In other words, instead of clubs and a golf ball, you use your feet and a soccer ball.
For further details, check out their website at www.wembleygolf.com.au.
Gosnells Golf Club
Gosnells Golf Club comes highly recommended. In fact, the club has recently been awarded the 2014 Metropolitan Golf Course of the Year and 2015 Metropolitan Golf Facility of the year. The course features 5893 metres of manicured fairways, quick greens all set in an Australian bush environment. The natural Australian bush off the fairways make it a challenging course – recommended for those who want to try one of the more difficult golf courses in Perth.
Visit www.gosnellsgc.com.au for more info.
SUNSET COAST & ROTTNEST ISLAND
Joondalup Country Club
There are 27 holes at the Joondalup Resort and Country Club, which was developed by the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Jr. At Joondalup, you’ll see a challenging, uncompromising layout full of diverse styles and structures. Their golf course cuts across the dense bushland sweep through deep limestone quarries and skirts picturesque lakes. Visit joondalupresort.com.au for more information.
Lancelin Golf Course
Lancelin Golf Course was designed by retired professional golfer Jock Borthwick in the late 1970’s. It is one of the rare Australian courses that accommodates golfers of any age or rank. The course is situated minutes away from the center of Lancelin and an hour away from Perth City. Lancelin Golf Club is Australia’s first Fling Golf activity, which is a hybrid of lacrosse and golf, which is worth participating during your visit. Check out lancelingolfclub.com for more details.
Rottnest Island Golf Course
The public golf course at Rottnest Island has 9 holes. It is the perfect space for corporate, social, and family outings in the outdoors. The special environment is most charming between May and October. A swamp, heightened tees, and a lake all make it a fun experience for golf lovers. The Rottnest Island Golf Club continues to thrive 50 years after its inception and hosts a quartet of tournament weekends per year. Visit rottnestisland.com for more information.
PEEL REGION & MANDURAH
The Links Kennedy Bay
The links-styled course at Links Kennedy Bay resides among a natural bushland and wavy sand dunes that overlook the Indian Ocean. Links courses are defined by the apparent rolling greens, coastal location, heath vegetation, and pot-style bunkers. The mix of coastal and terrain weather challenge the skills of every golfer. Check out kennedybay.com.au for more information.
Secret Harbour Golf Links
With an amazing oceanside landscape, this special course is comprised of 18 meticulously created holes. Experience a conventional Scottish links course with rolling fairways and tiny pot bunkers situated over gorgeous Indian Ocean views and natural sand dunes. Every hole offers multiple tee choices based on the golfer’s skills and wind conditions. Secret Harbour is regularly listed as one of the top 10 courses in Australia to play in for under $50. Visit secretsgolf.com.au for more information.
The Cut Golf Course
The links layout at Cut was created based on what one golfer believed a course should look like, complete with coastal winds and dune landscape. The course offers a chance to play golf in a genuine atmosphere. Pristine in appearance, the surfaces to play in are unrivaled. Pure greens, lush fairways, and numerous teeing positions make all players put their game to the test. Visit the-cut.com.au for more details.
Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Meadow Springs is a natural golf course and is renowned for its playability for golfers of all levels. Minimal holes run parallel and they are all encompassed by bushland. Other players aren’t in your line of vision, which enhances the wilderness atmospheric experience. An outstanding drainage is but one of the things that make Meadow Springs one of the greatest all-weather courses in Australia. For more information visit msgcc.com.au
Boddington Golf Course
Boddington Gold Club operates a dry 18-hole course that overlooks the Hotham River and the city of Boddington. The public can use the 18-hole course, where a $10 Honesty Tin can be found. Any adult can play on Saturdays, but Wednesdays are exclusively for women. On those days, no membership is required. Visit boddington.wa.gov.au for more information.
Wandering Golf Course
The 18-hole dry course at Wandering Golf Course has a 69-difficulty rating. The sand green course is on North Wandering Road and is open from the beginning of spring to the end of summer. Players can partake in nature and wildlife in this photogenic area. They can also visit a nearby winery to taste local wines or have a meal after finishing a round on the course. Each player must pay a $5 fee. Wednesdays and Sundays are club days. Call Annette Hardie at 08 9887 7060 for more details.
PERTH HILLS and SWAN VALLEY
The Vines Resort & Country Club
Cited as one of the best golf resorts in Australia, the Vines Resort & Country Club provides a pair of challenging 18-hole courses that are surrounded by nature and wildlife, the wine region of Swan Valley, and beautifully trimmed landscapes. The gorgeous rolling greenery – some of the biggest in Australia, along with a stunning natural layout and special bunkering, makes you want to remain on the course all day. Visit vines.com.au/Golf for more details.
Araluen Golf Course
Developed by Michael Coate and Roger Mackay, the Canning River and state forest surround these 18 holes of championship golf. Vast undulating greens, intentionally positioned water bunkers, tested elevation adjustments, and large landscaped fairways are just some of the reasons that make this course so special. Araluen is one of nature’s most visually pleasing playing fields. Visit araluenresort.com.au for more info.
El Caballo Golf Course
Neighboring El Caballo Resort, this course makes its way through the stunning Darling Ranges. Its bright bushland offers several views. It will challenge the abilities of every golfer. There are 8 lakes; along with rock drains, bushes, trees, doglegs, ponds, and bunkers to walk through. The greens are maintained all year long. The views of the encompassing countryside are astonishing, and the wildlife thrives year-round. Visit elcaballogolfcourse.com.au for more details.
PUTT PUTT (MINI GOLF) IN PERTH
Perth has a large assortment of mini golf courses. With more than half a dozen mini golf courses, locals and visitors of Perth are spoilt for choice when it comes to putting their putting skills to the test. The wonderful thing about mini golf is that it can be enjoyed by the whole family. Additionally, some of these courses are fun for the entire family while also being a fun challenge for hardened golfers!
Caladenia Mini Golf and Le Shed Cafe
Seeing things off in the mini golf department is the Caladenia Mini Golf and Le Shed Cafe. Situated just north of Perth, in Gingin, this 18-hole course features lovely gardens, a cafe, and even farm animals! Ideal for young kids, the Caladenia Mini Golf and Le Shed Cafe is perfect for young families looking to interact with nature in a fun and engaging way.
Botanic Golf Gardens Wanneroo
Next up is Perth’s biggest and probably oldest mini golf course. It features the well-renowned Leapfrogs Cafe and spectacular botanical gardens. The price is reasonable for the amount of entertainment to be had. The price is $13 for kids aged 4-15 years, and $18 for adults.
Triassic Fun Park, Canning Vale
A glow-in-the-dark mini golf course with dinosaurs? Probably the single best place for a boy to hold their 7th birthday party. At no cost to babies under 1, $8.50 for toddlers aged 1–4, only $10.50 per child, and no cost for adults, this isn’t just a fun time — it’s a bargain! With lots of interactive elements, including cool lights and sounds, it’s little wonder that this place is popular. In addition to mini golf, Triassic Fun Park also has other activities to enjoy within the entry price, including an expansive play structure as well as a range of fun arcade games.
Simmo’s Ice Creamery
Finally, Simmo’s Ice Creamery offers a beautiful mini golf course with ice cream to be enjoyed at the 19th hole. With lots of intricate challenges and stunning gardens, Simmo’s Ice Creamery is a delightful way to treat the family.
Location & Atmosphere
Situated a little further out from the main dining strip next door to the iconic Re Store, a vintage Chinese beer ad greets you as you enter the rustic dining room.
Woven lanterns create an atmosphere that caters equally to large groups as it does couples seeking an intimate night out.
It’s easy to forget that you’re right on Oxford Street.
The “Hawker Market” style experience.
OMG THE EXPERIENCE
On the night we dined, the restaurant was roaring with life (we highly recommend booking in advance) but you’d never know it as the waiters bantered with guests between running plates from the bustling open kitchen.
The rotating menu is designed for sharing and offers a range of hot, sweet, crispy, salty and sour street foods from across Asia – it almost feels like you’re at a hawker market.
WARNING: The rest of this article may make you want to lick your screen.
We started with spiced corn fritters and grilled eggplant with black sesame and Thai basil. The corn fritters were hot, crunchy and wolfed down smothered in a sweet and spicy green chilli jam. The eggplant was silky and rich, cut with the aniseed of the Thai basil, it didn’t last long either…
Roti bread arrives shortly before our mains, in preparation for the sauce they’d mop up. Buttery and flaky, we wish we’d ordered a double serve.
The lamb massaman was a highlight. Traditionally cooked with beef, the tender lamb shoulder brought a richer but welcome addition to the dish. It was served with a sweet cucumber lychee combination that was welcome relief from the spice.
The BBQ Szechuan chicken was not what we were expecting – not that we were complaining. Drenched in a bright red sauce, the charcoaled chicken was tender with crisp edges and even spicier than the lamb. Needless to say, extra cocktails were ordered to cool the flames on our tongues.
Speaking of cocktails, the mixologist behind this list clearly favours fusion flavours, making it the perfect accompaniment to the chef’s fusion food menu, which makes it impossible to resist. There are no bad choices, but it’s definitely difficult to make one!
The tart Red Rickshaw (pictured below) comes adorned with a rainbow sourstrap that’ll take you right back to the primary school tuckshop while the classic gin and tonic gets a makeover with bubble tea and tapioca pearls. Feeling gutsy? The Bloody Lucy promises a real kick in the teeth with the addition of kimchi paste to an otherwise classic Bloody Mary.
If you’re looking for a meal that’s a little bit spicy and a lot gutsy, Kitsch is the place to be. We all left beyond satiated and while we had no room left for dessert, it’s definitely something we’re heading back to try at a later date…
Perth isn’t the dreary small town outpost without even so much as a David Jones that it was in the early 2000s. In fact, it’s gone through several transformations in the last decade or so thanks to a mining boom that brought in people from across Australia and the globe bringing in money that has allowed it to blossom into an exciting place to be.
In light of that, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite hot spots in Perth to zip around between in your Burswood rental car… from awesome craft beer in Fremantle to a tiny tiny hole in the wall cafe in Swanbourne.
Little Creatures, Fremantle
Undoubtedly Perth’s most famous brewery, Little Creatures is also a stalwart for Perthite’s on a Sunday afternoon looking to soak up the sun over a refreshing beer or cider before they head back to the office on Monday. If you get peckish, order a couple of woodfire pizzas to round out the afternoon.
If music’s your scene, hit up this live music hall to catch some of the west coast’s latest talent as they trial new material or host single and EP launches. With bands such as Tame Impala, Jebediah, Gyroscope and Empire of the Sun hailing from the west coast, you know there’s something in the water, so don’t miss out on hearing what might be the next big thing!
Theo & Co
Theo Kalogeracos is a master pizza chef and his out of the box thinking leading to a slew of award winning pizzas. With names for his pizzas like The Bacon Club, Spicy Granny, The Bloody Beetroots and Legs Electric, you’ll have as much fun reading the menu as you will devouring these delicious, secret recipe pizzas.
Tucked away in tranquil Swanbourne, Choux Cafe is a tiny hole in the wall where it pays to get in early. The éclairs and macarons are particularly enticing, but we can’t go past the quiches with their flaky crusts and creamy centres – the perfect snack to pick up before you pop down to nearby Cottesloe Beach for a swim and an impromptu picnic.
There are a growing number of themed bars across Perth, but none will delight your inner child better than North Perth’s The Classroom. The drinks are sorted into Art, History and Science with the latter group bound to thrill you with liquid nitrogen, fire and more. Tuck into one of their $15 mid week school dinners for a cheap night out.
Simmos Ice Cream
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly in Perth, but as the wine region of Margaret River is absolutely unmissable, you’ll likely be passing by this particular ice creamery at some point on your trip to the West Coast. Started in 1993 by a father and son team armed with an ancient Irish recipe, today Simmos has over 60 flavours and is packed year round by travellers and locals exploring the south west. If you are sticking to Perth, look out for their flavours in selected Coles supermarkets across the city.
Perth has so many great locations to offer and you can take advantage of this by renting a car from Burswood Car Rental.
Perth features many great attractions and activities for all to enjoy. Come for a few days or a longer stay to experience natural wildlife, beautiful beaches and botanical parks, Aboriginal culture and dance.
We have provided a few must see and do attractions when coming to see us in sunny inviting Perth.
Burswood Park is located at Resort Drive Burswood it is just a 5 minutes drive in a Burswood hire car from the city centre, and has had undergone an amazing transformation during the last 20 years. This beautiful park provides a great location for recreational activities and is ideal for family picnics and barbeques, jogging, cycling or just relaxing under the sun on the Perth foreshore. Burswood park highlights include Swan Fountain, a range of natural bird life, the Swan Shell and the heritage trail detailing history by way of the bronzed sculptures along the way. Free guided tours are also available from 11.30am daily from the visitor information centre, and playground facilities are available for the kids.
This Beautiful beach is very popular One of the real positives about Cottesloe beach is that its natural beauty hasn’t been compromised by high-rise buildings or “chain-style” hotels it has still retained a suburban beach atmosphere. The beautifully preserved and historical clubhouse is a main feature of the immediate beach area. Long sandy strip of beach to walk along or there is a nice board walk up at street level with children’s play area. Nice tea house you can even get an ice cold alcohol beverage, meals etc. If you fancy fish and chips pick some up from the one of the take aways.
Well apart from the great attractions already listed above we have listed a few more including the;
Perth Bell Tower, The Swan Bell Tower was opened in Perth in December 2000.
Barracks Arch: Originally the archway to the Enrolled Pensioner Guards Barracks, which were built in 1863.
The Perth Mint: The Perth Mint was established in 1899 making it Australia’s oldest mint still in operation.
The Old Mill: Built in 1835, the Old Mill in Perth is one of the city’s oldest historic landmarks.
Perth offer so much to see and do and there is no better way to get around than in your very own affordable rental car from Burswood Car Rental we provide great hire car deals all year round. So remember if you are planning a trip to Perth or next time your visiting Perth rent a car from award winning independent car rental company.
Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre parkland and garden located on the western edge of the central business district in Perth, Western Australia. It is located at Fraser Ave, Kings Park Western Australia 6005, it is very historical and a must see it was founded on August 10, 1895. This Botanical Garden is one of the city’s most popular attractions for the Perth locals and visiting tourists. This beautiful parkland is set high on Mt Eliza with breathtaking views of Perth City and Swan River.
This quaint little quaint street is located between Hay Street Mall and St. George’s Terrace. London Court is set amongst modern sky scrapers in the heart of Perth City. London Court small pedestrian street and has a very similar feel to the Tudor style buildings of England. As you walk through London Court you will experience a charming atmosphere of small shops and cafes along the way.
There are also two clocks at London Court, one at each end of the lane. If you pay close attention you will notice the clock at the Hay Street entrance has four knights above it, which circle around when the clocks strikes every 15 minutes. At the St Georges Terrace end you will find St George battling a dragon above the clock, and both clocks are replicas of France’s Great Clock of Rouen. London Court also has many fine details which you need to look for or else you may miss them, including statues of Sir Walter Raleigh and Dick Whittington, moldings, wind vanes and stairways which take you to the windows overlooking the court. Location: Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace Perth. London Court is a definite must see when visiting Perth.
Perth Zoo is just a short 5 minutes drive in your Burswood rental car from the city centre, Perth Zoo allows you to get up and personal with the local and native wildlife in natural habitat settings. Perth Zoo exhibits include the Australian Walkabout which plays home to our Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, Dingoes, Reptiles, Wetland and Rainforest animals. You will also be able to experience The African Savanna, The Asian rainforest, the Nocturnal House and World of Birds. Open from 9am to 5pm daily be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to experience it all, you can even cook yourself a bbq meal as the zoo has many facilities available or pack a picnic lunch. The Zoo also operates the Zoo Cafe, where you can pick up a meal or snack. Special events are also held over the summer months, including evening concerts on the main lawn. Perth Zoo features free parking this is available on the corner of Labouchere Road and Richardson Street.