Sports

If you're a sports fanatic then Perth is the city for you! West Australians take part in various local and national sports competitions, ensuring that on any given weekend, Perth is always hosting a major sporting contest. The main summer game is cricket, although inroads are being made by soccer and basketball. In winter the religion is Australian Rules Football, or "footy". The other main winter creed is Rugby League, but this is much more the game of New South Wales and Queensland. If tennis is your game be sure to find yourself courtside at Burswood Dome at the beginning of January when one of the world's most prestigious invitational tennis tournament, the Hopman Cup, hits off.

Tennis player sliding happily in the heat of the moment

In the many years that the Hopman Cup has been running, many professional tennis players have visited the dome, including Monica Seles with eleven Hopman Cup appearances behind her. Amanda Coetzer is one of the most popular players to visit the event, with her on court mix-doubles partner Wayne Ferreira. Lleyton Hewitt has made an appearance at the Hopman Cup with Alecia Molik to try their best in a pre-tournament event. The Hopman Cup is also regarded as a tournament where the players represent their country, but this is the only tournament that you can play both men's and women's singles and have a game of mixed doubles. Many players enjoy the early start to tennis in the year because they can have fun at the Hopman Cup but it also provides them with the kick start they need to climb up the leaderboard. The figures of the people who normally visit the Hopman Cup is around 70,000 after the 12 days of play.

There is also a Speedway set up at Kwinana Beach that houses the Perth Motorplex. Here people flock to watch high-speed car racing, rally driving, drag racing and even burnout competitions. The Motorplex also runs an annual motorshow called Motorvation, which holds car racing, displays, burnouts and fireworks over a 2 day period.

Surf skier enjoying the surf on one of Perth's many lovely beaches.

With the river and ocean on its doorstep, sailing and fishing also figure largely in Perth's sporting life. The main yacht clubs are Royal Freshwater and Royal Perth on the Swan, and the Fremantle Sailing Club on the coast just south of the port. Sailboarding (windsurfing) is also very popular and extremely fast off the ocean beaches. When the wind is brisk, Pelican Point on the river is packed with both novice and experienced enthusiasts.

Newly introduced in 2015, Jetsurf Perth gives you a rare opportunity to try jetsurfing! The Jetsurf, currently available to the public in only two cities in the entire world, is a motorised surfboard/wakeboard with a 17hp engine, weighing only 15kg and with a top speed of 57km/hr. Jetsurf Perth offer lessons directly in front of the Perth city skyline, on the South Perth foreshore. For more information, see the JetSurf Perth website.

Golf is also popular and Perth weather makes it a year-round obsession.

There are innumerable sports grounds, playing fields, and swimming pools throughout the metropolitan area. Many suburbs have their own tennis and bowling clubs. Some other sports that the people of Perth enjoy include badminton, ballooning, cycling, diving, hockey, horse racing, lawn bawls, orienteering, table tennis, triathlon and watersports.

An Orienteer enjoying one of Western Australia's many breath-taking views

If there's one thing that Australians enjoy more than playing sport, it's watching sport. Horses provide year-round entertainment at the Gloucestor Park trotting track, while flat racing attracts hefty crowds during the summer at Ascot, and winter at Belmont Park. Summertime sees the highly-rated State cricket team, the Western Warriors, play regular interstate games, and international matches are conducted both under blue skies and under lights at the WACA oval. Baseball rates highly, as does basketball, with the State team, the Wildcats, firm favourites. Winter sees regular league fixtures on the Australian Rules football calendar. The State is represented by two teams, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers, in the national competition and play each weekend during the season. If you're into motorsports, don't miss out the annual Telstra Rally Australia, which comes to Perth every year in November. Other regular sporting fixtures include surfing, tennis, baseball, motor racing and show jumping.

The Transperth website provides some very helpful information with regards to sporting events (and other special events), presents you with details for getting to these events, and will help you plan your trip easily on the internet.