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Araluen Botanical Gardens

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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published June 29th 2011
Araluen Botanic Park was established in 1929, on 150 acres of deep shaded valley in Roleystone. The creeks running through the valley create a cool moist climate making ideal conditions for the flowers and trees planted there. Araluen is an aboriginal word meaning 'singing waters,' 'running waters' or 'place of lilies.'

Pathways, roads, steps and terraces have been created throughout the park and are made from local stone and timber. One of the many features is The Grove of the Unforgotten, which was build in memory of soldiers killed in World War 1. The waterfall cascades down a steep terraced slope and finishes in a reflection pool.

Image appears courtesy of the Araluen Botanic Park website

Araluen is one of the most popular attractions in Perth. Well known for its beautiful flower festival in spring, especially the masses of tulips with an array of colours including red, white, orange and yellow. There are plenty of native flowers and plants, water features, walkways, shady spots, BBQ and picnic areas.

The Chalet Healy Tearooms and Function Centre can be found in the central garden area of Araluen Botanic Park and is the perfect place to relax during your visit. Enjoy breakfast, light lunch, morning or afternoon tea from the ever changing menu of treats and beverages, with something to suit everyone's taste and budget. This is also a very popular venue for weddings and other special events.

Image appears courtesy of the Araluen Botanic Park website

Nestled in the midst of these beautiful gardens at Areluen is the Roundhouse Gift Shop. It offers a great range of gifts and souvenirs to suit all visitors. An exclusive assortment to choose from, including hand painted china and glassware, hats and gloves, and soaps and hand creams to name only a few. Make sure to check it out before you go home - there are so many things to choose from and you will love them all.

Remember to check out the Grove of the Unforgotten- a beautiful grotto complete with tulips and a waterfall. A series of terraces descend in a steep slope flanked by pencil pines, formed in the shape of a lyre, the symbol of music. A waterfall cascades through the terraces and finishes in a reflection pond. Originally created in remembrance of eighty-eight young people killed in World War 1, it is still there today and is still a main attraction of the gardens.

Image appears courtesy of the Araluen Botanic Park website

The Garden is open daily from 9am to 6pm, and it only costs $4 for an adult to get in. They are open every day of the year and you can even hire an electric scooter to get around the park faster if you wanted to, or ride the special Araluen train, but make sure to take your time and look at all of the attractions.

The gardens at the Araluen Botanic Park are truly beautiful and it's definitely a great place to visit for anyone who wants to experience the Western Australian Bushland. A nice place to enjoy a relaxed day out and don't forget your camera.
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Why? For a beautiful afternoon out
When: Any day from 9am-6pm
Where: Araluen Botanical Gardens
Cost: Very cheap
just mentioned you in mine;) great article, its a beautiful spot!!
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