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Published September 25th 2012
A picturesque natural oasis in the heart of the city
Situated on busy Wellington Street in West Perth, amidst modern office and apartment buildings, the Harold Boas Garden is a small but tranquil oasis which feels as though it's light years away from the noise and chaos of the Twenty First Century.
Formerly known as Delhi Square, the gardens are named after Harold Boas, a prominent Perth architect and local councillor. Tranquil and dignified, they seem to belong to another time and place: an ambiance which is greatly enhanced by the large old European trees (many of which are more than 100 years old) that shade the tiered lawns, the dense shrubberies and the picturesque artificial stream and waterfall which form a central feature.
The gardens are close to both City West railway station and the Harbour Town outlet shopping centre, which make them a convenient spot to stop for a short break or picnic lunch. Although there's unfortunately no picnic tables here, visitors will easily find plenty of delightful secluded spots to enjoy their lunch.
In addition, there are numerous rustic wooden benches scattered throughout the area where tired ramblers or office workers can relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. For parents with young children, there's a small but well-appointed playground with some terrific climbing frames. There's also heaps of room for kids to run around and explore, including a few pretty ponds and various shrubberies.
A tranquil spot to relax, Harold Boas Gardens, Perth
On weekends, the Harold Boas Gardens are one of Perth's most popular wedding venues due to their picturesque landscaping and romantic ambience. For these occasions particular areas are set aside for photography, so other visitors to the gardens should be mindful to keep a respectful distance. However, there is plenty of room for everyone, and despite the garden's relatively small size there are plenty of cosy little nooks and crannies which you can have all to yourself.
For more information about hiring the Harold Boas Gardens for a wedding or any other major event check out the City of Perth website or call them on 08 9461 3333.
In conclusion, the Harold Boas Gardens are a wonderful place to visit when you need some time to rest and rejuvenate after a hard day at work or shopping. Despite their central location, they're truly an urban oasis and it's not difficult to let your imagination convince you that you're far, far away, both geographically and historically.