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Review: Explore an urban oasis on a Kings Park Segway tour in Perth

If you're looking for more than just a walk in Perth's magnificent Kings Park, join this Segway tour and get rolling!
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour. Image: Jennifer Morton
Review: Kings Park Segway Tour, Perth

I’ll be honest: when asked to review a Kings Park Segway tour during my most recent visit to the Western Australian capital, I had mixed feelings about it!

The thought of riding a Segway has always made me a little nervous, and I wasn’t feeling hugely confident on arrival at the Segway Tours WA office at Elizabeth Quay. That may sound strange to those who know that I’m a licensed skydiver, but the thought of giving up my two feet for two wheels wasn’t one I relished. And my anxiety kicked up a notch when I realised we would be riding the Segways through Perth’s CBD to get to the park!

There are four other guests on my morning tour: a couple from Darwin and two friends from New Zealand. We each don a radio ear-piece, branded high-vis vest, and brain bucket, our smiley tour guide Paul leads us to a training area in front of the office. And so it begins.

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It’s clear from the outset that Segway Tours WA takes safety seriously (and let’s face it, my biggest fear is crashing this thing!). Paul explains how the Segway works and gives us a demo — weaving in and around a set of orange cones. It looks easy enough’, I think to myself. ‘Be brave’. And when my turn rolls around, I gingerly step up onto my ride. Paul instructs me to look for my centre of balance (‘not too much on the toes, and not too much leaning back on the heels’). It’s surprisingly easy to find, and my anxiety begins to lessen.

We each have a go at starting and stopping; going forward and turning. The longer I’m on the Segway, the more comfortable I become. Once Paul is satisfied that we’re all competent at driving on the pavement, he takes us to a larger training area — this time on grass to learn how to handle rougher ground and small inclines. After everyone in the group has aced Segway riding 101, it’s time to make tracks.

Perth and Kings Park Segway tour
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour: Elizabeth Quay

Paul guides us along the walkways of Elizabeth Quay — a transport hub and recreational precinct overlooking the shimmering Swan River. Exiting the quay, we come to our first street crossing — and it’s a big one! The intersection of Mounts Bay Road and William Street is always busy, and the prospect of crossing it on a Segway is somewhat nerve-wracking. However, we all pull it off like champs and continue on our way.

We’re soon climbing Mount Eliza and entering one of the largest city parks in the world. Kings Park is renowned for its vast collection of Australian plants and conservation work with endangered species, and the sweet smell of lemon-scented gums fills the air. The six of us zip along avenues lined not only with trees, but also memorial plaques honouring fallen service personnel. The park is home to the emotive State War Memorial, which overlooks the serene Swan and is well worth exploring in detail if you have the opportunity.

Perth and Kings Park Segway tour
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour. Image: Jennifer Morton

Paul provides interesting insights via our earpieces as we make our way towards the riverside edge of the 400-hectare parklands. After a quick photo stop with the city skyline as a backdrop, we scoot around the statue of Lord Forrest (the first Premier of Western Australia) and continue on to the Forrest Carpark. From here, visitors can access the popular Lotterywest Federation Walkway and Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

Perth and Kings Park Segway tour
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour. Image: Jennifer Morton

We dismount to admire a giant boab tree — a native of WA’s Kimberley region. This particular specimen made the journey of over 3,200 kilometres in 2008 to take up residence here at the Two Rivers Lookout. Paul gives us a few minutes to stop and smell the flowers, but the clock is ticking and it’s soon time to Segway our way back to the office.

Perth and Kings Park Segway tour
Perth and Kings Park Segway tour. Image: Jennifer Morton

Overall, this 90-minute experience is a lot of fun. The time spent in Kings Park isn’t extensive and the tour can only access certain areas. That said, it’s a good introduction to this wondrous natural attraction. What’s really amazing about this tour are the Segways themselves, and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to get upright on two wheels!

The writer travelled as a guest of Segway Tours WA.

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Jennifer Morton

About the writer

Jennifer Morton is a freelance writer and photographer. The Canadian expat has lived all over Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She also spent six months working on a cruise ship in Europe. When Jennifer is not writing about travel, you may find her lounging on the beach, fishing with her son, sipping coffee at a cafe, reading a book, or zooming in on a beautiful scene.

 

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