I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published August 11th 2011
Araluen Botanic Garden has been famous for holding the Tulip Festival for many years. Although the formal festival has not been held since 2009 due to parking issues, the Botanic Garden--with help from volunteers--still faithfully plant tulip bulbs every winter.
As we are nearing the winter end, it is a good time to plan your next visit to our colourful friends. August and September look to be the perfect time to catch them in bloom.
Located 35km from Perth, Araluen Botanic Park is not too far for a day trip from Perth. Bringing my family along, we certainly enjoyed the famous tulip display. Gasps of admiration were given freely and scores of photos were taken.
However, it was not our only source of entertainment. After the kids tired of looking at the flowers--I guess we can't blame a 7year old boy for not exactly mesmerised by them--we found that we could easily have spent the whole day in the park even without the additional benefit of tulips. The surrounding deep forest, running brooks, charming gift shop, and garden view was more than enough to catch our continuous attention. As we came on a weekend, the Araluen Train was there to bring us around as well. With a gold coin donation, we took a ride in the "train" driven by volunteers, much to the delight of our young ones.
On the down side, it was one of the rare occasions when I had to pay an entrance fee to enter a public park. Admittedly it wasn't that much as it amounted to $10 for the whole family. However, considering there are many free-to-enter parks in or around Perth such as King's Park or Whiteman Park, was it worth it? I would say the answer was a resounding yes. It was definitely worth it to pay the small entrance fee for that much of fun. Especially at spring time when they do have the unique attraction of the tulip blooms. Who can resist?