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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published September 9th 2018
Perth’s biggest display of tulips
A recent visit to Perth saw us look for some places to explore and Araluen was high on our list of must-do's while in town.

Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)


Araluen is a stunningly beautiful botanic garden located in a protected valley in the Darling Ranges, approximately 35kms from Perth. Araluen is an Aboriginal word that means "singing waters".

The major drawcard for our visit was the tulips - tens of thousands of them are planted each year by a huge team of volunteers. It was our luck that the day out to Araluen was a perfectly sunny day. We (and hundreds of other visitors) walked, explored and spent a wonderful afternoon amongst the flowers, native Australian bushland and waterfalls.

Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)


Tulips have been growing at Araluen since the 1930's - the bulbs were originally imported from Holland. When WWII broke out, the bulbs were imported from New Zealand. Today, they are sent to Perth from Tesselaar Bulbs in Victoria. Araluen Botanic Park is home to Perth's biggest display of Tulips. In 2018 there are more than 145,000 Tulips blooming throughout the gardens.

The colours of the Tulips are captivating and simply take your breath away. It's difficult to look past them and notice that there are many other glorious spring flowers in bloom in the gardens as well.

Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)


While I've never been to Araluen before so can't compare the gardens season by season, I'm pretty sure that Spring would have to be the best season to visit. There are garden bed after garden bed of Tulips, Camellias, Azaleas, Magnolias, Roses and thousands of other Springtime bulbs.

The pathways at Araluen are well defined but are very steep in places. There's a little train to help people get around and it's a bonus that it's fun for the kids too! There's oodles of car parking available.

Araluen Botanic Park waterfall
Araluen Botanic Park waterfall (Špaula mcmanus)


The main entrance could have been an overcrowded hotspot if it weren't for the incredibly well-organised system at the gate. Plenty of staff to take your entry payment without having to get out of the car (my receipt was emailed to me on the spot!) and lots of friendly staff on hand to help get us to the first available carpark.

There's lots of open space for a picnic and a play and there are free electric BBQ's available too. We had a coffee from one of the pop-up food vans and enjoyed listening to music coming from the main lawn area. There were people all over the grassed areas - just chilling and enjoying this most impressive garden. Toilets are clean and there are maps available to help you find your way around.

Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)


Araluen is definitely worth a visit - I highly recommend it!

Araluen is located at 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone. They are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Check their website for all the details on what to do and see while you're there.

Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)


Admission prices are reasonable and are cheap enough for you to take the whole family for the day:

Adult $15
Child (6 to 15 YEARS) $7
Concession $12
Bus Group (8 or more) bus only $10
Family pass (2 Adults 6 Children) $40
Cut Price Tuesday (Adult) $8
Cut Price Tuesday (Child) $4


Araluen Botanic Park Tulips
Araluen Botanic Park Tulips (Špaula mcmanus)



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Why? Araluen Botanic Park is home to Perth's biggest display of Tulips. In 2018 there are more than 145,000 Tulips blooming throughout the gardens.
When: open every day except Christmas Day
Where: Araluen Botanic Park, 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone
Cost: Adult $15, Child (6-15 Years) $7, Bus Group (8 or more) $10, Family Pass (2 Adults 6 Children) $40, Cut Price Tuesday (Adult) *$8, Cut Price Tuesday (Child) * $4
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Paula, I always look forward to your beautiful photos, as well as your delightful articles.
by May Cross (score: 3|3259) 64 days ago
Stunning photos, Paula - we used to live in the Netherlands and I must say it was a highlight to see fields and fields of tulips blooming ...
by Elaine (score: 3|5592) 64 days ago
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