With the winter solstice just gone, the days are getting longer and the incline to warmer weather means crisp days with a bit of sun to take the edge off; a perfect time to check out some of Perth’s most beautiful parks. We’ve compiled some of Perth’s favourite parks from the urban to the parks a little-out-of-town;
Kings Park – www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
One of the world’s largest inner city parks, Kings Park is renowned for its Aboriginal and European history and huge array of happenings within the park. Home to 400 hectares of Western Australian Botanic Gardens, it boasts over 3,000 species of WA’s unique flora. Two thirds of the park is protected by bushland providing a natural habitat for native biodiversity to thrive. With panoramic views of the Swan and Canning River, Perth’s iconic skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east, Kings Park ticks all the boxes, it is a feast for the senses. Take advantage of their free daily guided walks and explore the park or hang out for a picnic and enjoy the view.
Burswood Park – www.burswoodpark.wa.gov.au
If you’ve spent an evening at the Crown Perth, the Burswood Park is right on your doorstep, full of winding bike and jogging trails to explore the park with. Take the heritage trail and pit stop next to one of many bronze historical sculptures along the way, the series of sculptures are based on letters from settlers of the 1800s and their stories. Take a picnic or some food to fry up on the barbeque and enjoy lunch by the swan river to fuel up before a peaceful walk through the gardens.
Araluen Botanic Park – www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au
A whole 59 hectares of botanic gardens of both exotic and native plant life sees Araluen as one of the most visited spots in the Perth Hills, especially during tulip season. Expect fields of beautiful flowers and a picturesque walk through peaceful trails. Stop off at the Chalet Healy Café or light a woodfired BBQ the old fashioned way. Araluen is an internationally acclaimed wildlife park and a must visit on your tour through WA.
Whiteman Park – www.whitemanpark.com.au
If you’re driving up to the Swan Valley, be sure to visit Whiteman Park, a huge 4,000 hectares of hiking trails, events and facilities. Animal lovers can get up close with wombats and kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park or spot some endangered species on a walking tour at the Woodland Reserve. With a huge transport heritage theme throughout the park; you’ll find everything from the tractor museum, motor museum and the opportunity to ride in some of the oldest and coolest looking vintage buses or trains. There are retail stores and cafes to discover on your way and everything from playgrounds, basketball courts, barbeque areas and even an orienteering course to at your fingertips.
Yanchep National Park – www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/yanchep
A little further out of Perth, 42 kilometres north to be exact, you will find Yanchep National Park. Set amongst coastal woodland you’ll find historic buildings perched on the shores of a sinewing lake and more than 400 caves to explore. With nine walking trails to suit a variety of fitness levels and age groups, the hikes range anywhere from 500m to 46.2 kilometres, the trails were carved out to display a different facet of the parks biodiversity. A 240-meter koala boardwalk provides an opportunity to get up close and learn a little more about one of Australia’s most iconic native animals. Hang out and learn about the oldest living people on earth; the Aboriginal people, from their seasonal movements, language and history and tools used such as boomerangs and spears explained in more depth. Bring a picnic or make use of one of the many free barbecues overlooking the lake or nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands.
John Forrest National Park – www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Set in a beautiful Jarrah Forrest still mostly untouched, a hike through one of its many trails will see flooded gum, swamp peppermint and paperbacks on the valley floor and jarrah and mirri trees in the uplands. Only a 30-minute drive east of Perth, John Forrest is a perfect place for a day hike or a scenic drive up to the lookout point. There are two waterfalls you can hike to during winter or spring, the Hovea and National Park Falls and on your way there you might spot one of the countless species of reptiles, frogs, birds and native mammals as well as the endless wildflowers decorating your path.
Serpentine National Park – www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/serpentine
The Serpentine National Park, roughly an south of Perth, makes for a lovely day trip with cascading waterfalls, hiking trails, BBQ and picnic facilities and an abundance of native flora and fauna and beautiful scenery. The park is one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas and Western Australia’s first national park proclaimed in November 1900, with a vast history connected to the Nyoongar people. The park has 10 species of native mammal (one declared rare), and 91 species of bird, 23 species of reptile and 10 species of frog. For those interested in wildflowers, a slow drive along the full length of Park Road will show you many of the 500 odd species of wildflowers recorded for this park.
Download the Suburban Map for the locations of all parks – www.helloperth.com.au/maps