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Published December 10th 2014
Could This Be Perth's Most Picturesque Park?
Leisurely meandering its way from the Darling Ranges, through Perth, and on to the Indian Ocean, the Swan River is one of our city's most distinguishing landmarks.
A year-round playground for water-sport enthusiasts, its attractive banks are also the setting for some of Perth's most beautiful parks and gardens. An immense variety can be discovered by avid urban explorers, ranging from bushland parks on the city's fringe, to landscaped gardens in some of its most desirable suburbs. While many of these are well-known to most locals, fortunately there are still quite a few small but special spots tucked away in quiet river-bends, just waiting for you to discover.
Situated approximately five kilometres from down-town Perth in Maylands, Bardon Park would have to be one of the prettiest, albeit least-known of our riverside parklands. Relatively small in size, the park is situated on a hill-side sloping down to the Swan River, and encompasses open grassy expanses (perfect for active kids to kick around a ball), a lovely miniature lake and a couple of playgrounds.
These features make it a great spot to head to at any time of the year for a cheap family day out. Children love exploring the riverside and lake areas, and if they're lucky, they might even see some tadpoles or get up close to some of the majestic pelicans that frequent the area. In a nutshell, it's a great place to connect with nature without having to leave the urban sprawl.
There are also several paths where families can stroll and tiny-tots can gain confidence on their bikes and scooters. It's also a great starting point for adult cyclists or families with older children to tackle some of the longer riverside bike trails that extend in either direction. Other essential facilities for a great day out include some well-positioned picnic tables overlooking the river, barbecues and public toilets.
Whether you're looking for a picturesque spot to relax in the sun and quietly read, a venue for a romantic picnic with your beau, or somewhere different for a large family gathering, Bardon Park is the perfect spot to head to. With a picnic lunch and some play equipment, it's easy to entertain the entire family, old and young, for a whole afternoon here. The beautiful waterfront location and landscaped gardens would also make it the perfect venue for weddings and other special events.
Bardon Park is located on the corner of Bardon Place and Fourth Avenue in Maylands, and is easily accessible by public transport. The most convenient bus stop is located just two blocks away on Guildford Road (after Fourth Avenue) and can be reached by buses 41, 48 and 55, which all depart from the Esplanade Busport. When you get off the bus, cross the road, head back to Fourth Avenue and follow it to where it intersects with Bardon Place. Alternatively, if you choose to drive, there is plenty of parking available.