I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published September 28th 2016
Baby-friendly picnic spots you and bub will love
A picnic is an inexpensive and simple way to enjoy a lovely lunch in one of Perth's parks or public spaces. Just pack what you want and off you go. Easy!
However – 'easy' is no longer a word that applies when you have a baby. Getting out of the house should be an Olympic sport that requires the strength of a weightlifter to get just about everything you own into the car.
You and your baby will appreciate a change of scenery from the house.
Once you are out of the house, that's only half the battle. Now you need to find somewhere that has lots of shade, lots of space, preferably a playground if you also have older children, change facilities and easy access to coffee – the universal fuel for parents. It's exhausting. To make your life just that little bit easier, here are some excellent baby-friendly picnic spots to tempt you out of the house.
Kings Park, Perth Fraser Avenue, Perth Kings Park is one of the most beautiful places in Perth, but it's also baby-friendly. It has a café, tons of space to set up a picnic rug without encroaching on other families, spectacular views of the Swan River and city, shady spots and change facilities. Buses run frequently to Kings Park and back from the CBD.
Rockingham Foreshore Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham This gorgeous park in Rockingham is right next to the beach, but is also shaded by plenty of greenery, and has lots of different picnic spots to choose from. It's close to cafes and restaurants for coffee, public toilets for changing nappies and has several different playgrounds throughout the park.
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross The magnificent Swan River views alone are worth a trip to Heathcote. While it's not as shaded as a lot of the other parks, it does have a café with an undercover area and takeaway kiosk, change facilities and a dedicated toddler playground, plus plenty of barbeque and picnic spots, making it a great baby-friendly option. If you have older children, they will love the spectacular pirate ship playground for kids aged four and over.
Point Walter, Bicton Honour Avenue, Bicton Tucked away on the banks of the Swan River in Bicton is Point Walter, a public reserve that is positively baby-friendly. There's a café, barbecues, lots of different picnic areas, change facilities, lots of shade, two playgrounds and shallow water for little ones to paddle in.
Port Coogee, Coogee Medina Parade, Coogee With a new Dome café within arm's reach of the man-made beach, undercover picnic tables, barbeques and a water play area, Port Coogee is a great family destination. There are public toilets available, and plenty of space to unravel the picnic rug.
Cockburn Central Midgegooroo Avenue, Cockburn Central Just outside the Cockburn Central Train station sits a great little public space with easy access to toilets, undercover areas, coffee and the Cockburn Splash Pad, an awesome way for kids to cool down in the height of summer.
Situated on the northern banks of the Swan River sits the Maylands Peninsula, a stretch of various public spaces where you and your family can sit for a picnic. The area adjacent to the Peninsula Gardens is simply lovely, and great for takeaway coffees and change facilities. Just be vigilant with little wanderers as some parts of the river bank are rather steep.
Hyde Park, Perth Vincent and William Streets, Perth Hyde Park is an inner city park situated just a few minutes from the CBD. It is close to cafes and coffee shops, has public toilets, picnic and barbeque facilities and lots of giant, shady old trees to set up a picnic under, or well-kept lawns to park yourself. There are a couple of playgrounds and a water playground for those hot, sticky days when bub needs to cool down a bit.
Always remember to keep a close eye on children around water, and don't forget a hat, sunscreen and long sleeves for yourself and bub. Now all you have to do is make it out of the door.
Hi there Bec,
Congrats on winning the Family competition - you deserve it! Although my daughter is a bit older now now, those first few years are still clear in my mind and your article brought it all back! There is so much to take just for a simple picnic! Your article covered everything - they all looked like top spots. Congrats again.
Haha - loved your second paragraph - how true!
'Tho I'm a granny now, I can certainly relate to your sentiments. When I have my grandkids for a sleepover, I just don't make the mistake of thinking we'll be out of the house by a set time, it's a case of "Is everybody ready yet?" !!!