25 minutes from Perth's city centre brings you to the suburban city of Joonalup; a dynamic residential region that sweeps across from bush land to beachfront. Laidback and unpretentious the city is perched majestically on the edges of the beautiful lake Joondalup, and has a bustling, trendy young, up and coming community. Boasting an excellent nightlife and hosting many exciting festivals throughout the year, the cosmopolitan city heartily welcomes visitors to enjoy the effervescent coastal vibe. In between the upmarket restaurants, cafes and retail areas visitors can explore the abundance of resplendent beaches and leafy parks - with some 300 parks and reserves available all year round for families and visitors to enjoy. No matter what you are here for - you won't be disappointed, just kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.
The weather in Joondalup is absolutely great all year round. A balmy Mediterranean-style climate brings hot and dry summer weather, lovely warm summer nights perfect to sit outside under the stars next to the BBQ. And the winters are cool and wet, the city being in a winter rainfall area. Summer temperatures are about 35 degrees C on average and winter day time temps chill off to a cool 16 degrees C during the day: Certainly not cold enough not to bundle up and enjoy a brisk walk on a stormy beach before heading off for a nice glass of red wine next to a cheery hot log fire.
Beaches - with 17kms of coastline there's bound to be the perfect patch of sand for everyone. There are 10 designated beaches the most popular of which are Sorrento, Mullallo and Hillary's. These 3 beaches are also patrolled by their eponymous life surf clubs. Most beaches have picnic areas and make sure you get the kids to look out for the dolphins and seals that frequent the bays.
The Neil Hawkins Park is a great place to chill out with the family: Take a bike ride through the lush pathways, walk the dog, enjoy a picnic and let the kids play on the jungle gym at the playgrounds. The park sits next to the lake and is a demarcated section of the larger Yellagonga Regional Park.
Yellagonga Regional Park is located on the banks of the Lake Joondalup and has pathways right the way up to Ocean Reef Road. Get there early in the morning to check out the activity of the busy local wildlife as they go about their morning routine. The wetlands area is a favourite with birdwatchers who come to catch sight of resident parrots and cockatoos, as well as migratory birds. There are usually a few kangaroos around in the park too.
The Hilarys Boat Harbour is a stunning location built in the 1980s with sweeping views over the Indian Ocean. You'll find lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and activities along the boardwalk.
The Aquarium Of Western Australia is the biggest underwater glass tunnelled aquarium in the country. Kids will love the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre with its interactive marine science displays.
The Great Escape Leisure Park is a fantastic water park offering thrilling rides and water fun for all age groups. A sheltered beach provides lots of shallow pools for the little kids to splash about in and enjoy.
Rottnest is a popular tourist island off the coast of Perth that has many fantastic tours and adventures for visitors. Between September and November people come from all over the country to experience the Humpback Whale Migration. Taking a whale watching tour when in Joondalup is an absolute must-do.
Joonalup Resort and Country Club is a world class golfing resort that is set in the heart of the glorious natural bush of Western Australia. Enjoy the manicured lawns sweeping through dense brush that is home to many a friendly kangaroo.
Goings On - There's an extensive calendar of community events throughout the year that includes an Eisteddfod, the Little Feet Festival, Music in the Park, Summer Serenades and the rather glorious Joondalup Festival every March.