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Best Picnic Spots Near Fremantle

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by Cate W (subscribe)
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Published October 31st 2022
Best picnic spots near Fremantle
In my opinion, a great picnic spot is not just any patch of grass. It needs a few facilities, things like:

Picnic facilities, toilets, South Beach Reserve
The availability of toilets is an important consideration when choosing a picnic spot


Cafe (for a decent coffee, or for if you forget anything vital)



Shade from trees

Swimming spot

Parking area

Playground (if you're dining with kids)

John Tonkin Reserve, picnics, BBQs,Swan River
Barbeques are handy when picnicking

Bearing those things in mind, my votes for the top two picnic spots near Fremantle go to South Beach Reserve and John Tonkin Reserve.

Picnic facilities, playground, South Beach Reserve
Playgrounds are great if you're picnicking with kids, like this one at South Beach Reserve

South Fremantle Reserve, is a grassed area a stone's throw from the Indian Ocean at South Beach and has all the facilities mentioned above.

Picnic facilities, shelter, South Beach Reserve
Shelter is very welcome in the summer, this one is at South Beach Reserve

The cafe is South Beach Kiosk, which is currently open from 9am to 6pm. South Beach Reserve is also on the free CAT bus route and has a cycle path running through it, so there's no need to drive. Anytime is a good time for a picnic here, but around early evening when the sun is setting can be spectacular.

John Tonkin Reserve, picnics, Swan River
John Tonkin Reserve

John Tonkin Reserve is on the banks of the Swan River in East Fremantle, you may be lucky enough to see dolphins if you picnic here. It has all the facilities mentioned above. The cafe, Zephyr, is open from 7.30am to 4pm.

John Tonkin Reserve, picnics, dolphins Swan River
You may be lucky enough to see dolphins at John Tonkin Reserve

With summer days just around the corner make sure you pencil in some relaxing time picnicking at these two venues Ö you know you deserve it!

John Tonkin Reserve, picnics, statue, Swan River
Statue at John Tonkin Reserve

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Why? There's nothing better than eating outside on a lovely day
When: Whenever the weather is nice
Where: South Beach Reserve and John Tonkin Reserve
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I like your criteria for a good picnic spot Cate. There is a wonderful place in Melbourne called Jells Park which would definitely tick all your boxes.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10096) 25 days ago
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