Perth, Australia

South Perth: Applecross Foreshore and Mount Pleasant

Applecross Jetty: Wikimedia Commons

There is some very scenic running along the Swan River in south Perth, with multiple distance options along more than 10 km of paved multi-use path. A good anchor point is Alfred Cove. A path heads north along the river of the Applecross Foreshore, through Tompkins Park, for 4 km to the Applecross Jetty (great views of the Perth skyline), and another 1.3 km to the top of Heathcote Reserve. So this would be a nice 8 km or 11 km out and back!

Another option (or a longer run!) is some pleasant riverside running in the tony Mount Pleasant neighborhood. From Heathcote Reserve, run south past the Canning Highway, along a riverside road called The Esplanade, as far as the Mount Henry Bridge Reserve at Highway 1. It’s 5 km one-way along a paved roadside path.

We also recommend a jaunt around the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. This is one of Perth’s poshest residential areas, so it’s fun to create your own route along the shaded streets lined with gorgeous homes.

Essentials
  • Alfred Cove to Heathcote Reserve: 5.3 km one-way; Heathcote Reserve to Mount Henry Bridge Reserve: 5 km one-way
  • Generally flat route
  • Alfred Cove area: Thompkins Park; Mount Pleasant area: anywhere along Esplanade
  • Alfred Cove is accessible via transport