There are a variety of activities available on and around campus for recreation, fitness and entertainment.
Located between Kings Park and the river, there are many possible options for walking ranging from a gentle riverside stroll up to a serious fitness walk.
- Kings Park, located directly behind St. Georges, is a 400 hectre (1000-acre) primarily bushland area, stretching along the river from Perth to UWA. There are numerous walking trails, playground areas, dozens of war memorials and at the Perth end, a panoramic view over Perth and the Botanic Garden.
- Matilda Bay is located directly across the road from St George’s, and a walk/cycle path meanders along the river, then past the Royal Perth Yacht Club and continues down-river for several kilometres.
- Mount’s Bay Road is the name adopted by Stirling Highway for the stretch between UWA and Perth; there is a riverside walk/cycle trail, marred only by the constant traffic noise.
- Fitness swimming : There are three 25m pools on campus in a complex located at the Southern edge of the campus. It is open for lap-swimming in the mornings (Mon, Wed, Fri 6–7.45am), at lunchtimes (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 11.30am–2pm and Wed, Sat, Sun 12.00–2pm) and in the evenings (Mon-Fri 6–7.30pm) at a cost of $4 per entry.
Although the pool has a sign on the gate saying “This is not a public pool”, adult lap-swimmers are welcome.
- River swimming : It is safe to swim in the river, with the most common swimming spot being the two floating jetties opposite the Matilda Bay Tea Rooms. However the river can be cloudy (with stirred up mud) and often has quite a lot of jellyfish (non-stinging), and so it is mostly playing children or adult open-water swimmers who use the river.
- There is a campus gym that is open from 6am – 9pm, seven days a week, offering a wide range of fitness and yoga classes of various types. See the website for times and prices.
- You can hire windsurfers and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) from a mobile van run by Windforce in the carpark at Pelican Point (marked on the map) that is open for business Wednesdays to Sundays. The summer weather pattern is that it becomes windier during the day so mornings are best for SUP and afternoons best for windsurfing. On particularly windy days, kitesurfers are out en masse, making for a dramatic and colourful sight.
Movies and other cultural
- The Somerville Auditorium is a beautiful outdoor cinema located amidst pine trees on campus. It plays mostly art-house movies, each for a one-week run starting Monday nights. The movie scheduled for Monday 9th onwards is 20 Feet From Stardom which gets an astonishing 99% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movies are very popular and it is usual to go early, bag a good seat, and have a pre-movie picnic.
- Moonlight Cinema is a commercial outdoor cinema in Kings Park (walking distance from St. George’s). Their season starts on Wednesday 11th December and the movies change daily.
- The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is a small art gallery whose current exhibition is entitled Bliss.