Are you hooked on tennis after immersing yourself in the Hopman Cup and Australian Open?
Whether you're an experienced player or a complete beginner, the summer tournaments might well have inspired you to grab rackets, balls and friends for a rally or two.
Adding further encouragement is Play Tennis Day on 23 February, an international celebration that reminds us of the joy to be had from whacking a ball over a net. The idea is to get out onto a court for a game or a few tennis lessons.
In Perth, tennis is a popular social sport at this time of year, and several tennis clubs around Perth open their courts to non-members for casual games. Kids wanting to learn can enrol in school holiday tennis lessons, and many clubs have coaches available for casual private tennis lessons too.
Alternatively, consider building a short break around your favourite sport. How does a resort with pool and tennis courts sound? This guide takes you to some of the most picturesque places to stay and play tennis in Perth, and some of the Perth tennis clubs and courts that are open to non-members for casual games and tennis lessons.
Stay and Play Tennis in Perth & Surrounds
If you're planning to visit Perth and want to know where you can fit in a few games of tennis, start by looking for a place to stay that has its own tennis courts. Even if you live in Perth, tennis can be added to your criteria for a wonderful resort weekend or city break. Here are just some of the amazing places to stay and play tennis in Perth and surrounds.
The fabulous Novotel Vines Resort & Country Club in the Swan Valley does more than provide tennis courts for guests - it has its own Vines Tennis Academy.
Tennis lessons are available from experienced coaches for locals and resort guests on quality hard courts. Everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced players can enjoy a coaching session, there are children's programs for four-year-olds and up, and on Saturday mornings, adults can join in a social game or two.
The Vines sits on the edge of the delightful Swan Valley, and within easy reach of the city and Perth Hills, making this spot an ideal choice for a day trip from Perth for tennis and wine, or a longer holiday to explore the wineries, local artisan foods, fresh produce and walk trails.
Stay at the 4.5 star Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough and you can enjoy a game of tennis with Perth's refreshing coastal breezes to keep you cool.
The Rendezvous is a local icon, standing out against the ocean horizon, literally seconds away on foot from Scarborough Beach - one of Perth's favourites. As well as playing tennis on your Perth beach getaway, take a few dips in the Rendezvous's gorgeous lagoon pool, relax in the spa and sauna, and explore the cafes, bars and restaurants along the beachfront.
Scarborough is a popular spot for adventure seekers, especially those looking to get in the ocean. The new open air beach pool on the promenade is a great alternative for less confident swimmers, as the Scarborough waves can be powerful.
The Mounts Bay Waters is a great option if you want to be self-sufficient with easy access to a quick game of tennis in Perth.
The self-contained apartments give you total privacy with space to make yourselves totally at home and indulge your love of tennis. You're within walking distance of the Swan River, allowing you to stroll along the foreshore, enjoy waterfront dining and get into the hub of the city really quickly.
Why not plan a short city break, take in some shopping, cocktails, pubs and small bars, and book a show? All that tennis and Perth foreshore walking will keep you fit while you treat yourselves to some delicious dining in Perth's many cafes and restaurants.
Broadwater Resort in Como is a stunning apartment hotel situated on the southern side of the Swan River overlooking the water.
This is a relaxing spot near South Perth with tennis court, indoor/outdoor pool and spa and bike hire. There are lovely walks and bike trails along the river, and within a short drive or cycle ride are the South Perth Foreshore restaurants and ferry across to the city.
You're also very close to the wonderful Perth Zoo, which needs a day all to itself to visit the huge range of fascinating animals from around Africa, Asia and Australia.
Within an hour of Perth, tennis, infinity pool and total beachfront are combined for a fabulous holiday. Seashells has a mix of 4.5 star self-contained apartment and beach villas right on the coast in Mandurah.
You can even play tennis after dark on the floodlit court! Afterwards, go for a dip or a day spa treatment in the resort, and stroll along the beach or into town for fish and chips on the foreshore.
Mandurah is an excellent choice for a short break out of Perth. Don't miss the amazing Mandurah Cruises experience while you're there - meet the resident dolphins while they play in the wake of the boat, go crabbing or crayfishing, or just take a dreamy twilight cruise.
Another amazing option south of Perth, where tennis comes packaged with oceanfront relaxation, is Footprints. Architecturally designed beach shacks and townhouses, at a very affordable price, sit within a few steps of Preston Beach, 45 minutes past Mandurah.
In this wonderful retreat from urban life, you can rest in the lap of nature, surrounded by white sand, bush trails and kangaroos - a quintessential WA experience for visitors and a romantic escape from Perth for tennis and sunsets on the beach. Yep, there's a tennis court - and a large pool too.
And finally, there's always Rottnest! It's impossible not to fall in love with the tiny island, free of traffic and encircled by sandy bays.
Well known for its cycle paths and swimming, there's a lot more to see and do on Rottnest. There are no less than two sets of tennis courts on Perth's holiday island, and you can indulge in surfing, snorkelling, diving, skydiving, outdoor movies, golf, boat trips, and the Just4Fun Aqua Park - huge fun for families!
Stay at Hotel Rottnest or book a villa or beach cabin and enjoy a good old fashioned holiday with friends and family. Rottnest is an amazing destination for couples too. Find a villa in one of the quieter areas and spend the evenings sitting on your balcony soaking up the night air.
Parks & Tennis Clubs in Perth for Casual Games
There are plenty of tennis clubs in Perth that invite non members to hire their courts and off private tennis lessons if you want to brush up on your skills.
Scarborough Tennis Academy
Scarborough Tennis Academy in Abbett Park offers bookings for casual games seven days a week at $15 per hour, or $20 in the evenings. If you're on holiday and don't have a racket, you can hire these too.
Tennis lessons include private coaching and beginner or intermediate programs, which you can join in for just a day or for a series of sessions. Fitness junkies will enjoy Cardio Tennis - an energetic session that uses tennis to get your body pumped!
After your game, head down to Scarborough Beach or the oceanfront pool for a cooling dip.
North Shores Country Club
Between Hillarys Boat Harbour and the lovely Mullaloo Beach is North Shores Country Club at Kallaroo, which has floodlit plexipave courts for hire. Close to the beach in landscaped grounds with a lake and children's playground, this spot is fabulous for a day out and a game of tennis on the Perth coastline.
Non members are invited to join in social tennis for just $10 on Monday and Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. In the evening, the bar opens at 7.00pm and on Sundays at 4.00pm. Alternatively, hire a court for a casual game for $10. Private tennis lessons are available from $35 for half an hour.
Friday evenings are ideal for families, with a sausage sizzle from 7.00pm. Combine your trip with a visit to the Aquarium of WA, where you can come face to face with the sea life that lives along the coast.
Reabold Tennis Club
Closer to the city, Reabold Tennis Club in Perth's leafy suburb of Floreat has eight plexicushion courts for hire at $15 per hour, daytime or evening, and enquiries are invited for tennis lessons.
The Tennis Club is in Floreat Park, across the road from Perry Lakes, which is a fabulous place for walks and picnics. It's only five minutes' drive to City Beach, where you'll find Clancy's Fish Bar, Odyssea and Hamptons right on the beach front - any of them perfect for lunch, sundowners or dinner. The Kiosk at Floreat Beach is ideal for families.
State Tennis Centre, Burswood
On the Burswood peninsula, five minutes from the city, Perth's State Tennis Centre has 12 plexicushion courts with floodlighting for evening games. Courts are available for hire at $15 per hour or $20 after 5.00pm, and you can play any time between 6.00am and 11.30pm.
The Centre is in Belmont Park, just two minutes' drive from Crown Perth and five minutes from Optus Stadium. From here you can walk across the new Matagarup Bridge to Gloucester Park and the WACA Ground in East Perth and on into the city.
After your game, it's worth making the five minute drive to The Point Bar & Grill on the city side of the river opposite Heirrison Island - a fabulous spot for sundowners and a relaxing dinner. Or choose from the many and varied dining options at Crown Perth.
South Perth Tennis Centre
This lawn tennis club in South Perth, established in 1898, now has a mix of twelve grass, four synthetic grass and six plexipave courts. The Centre welcomes guests to social tennis on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, or you can book a court for $15 an hour, or $20 in the evening. Tennis lessons can be booked by non members too, starting at $35.
The Centre is only ten minutes by road from South Perth Foreshore and five minutes from Broadwater Resort Como.