I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Published March 3rd 2013
A tranquil oasis near the heart of the city
Have you ever curiously glanced at the lush, tropical parklands opposite the Mount Hospital as you've zoomed along Mount Bay Road on your way to work or some other important appointment? I certainly have. In the midst of my busy life, its verdant gardens, picturesque lake and dramatic water fountain have invariably beckoned, enticing me to dally there, savouring their tranquil and exotic delights.
John Oldham Park is a lush and peaceful oasis amidst the chaos of the 21st Century.
Encircled by manically busy motorways and just a stone's throw from Perth CBD, the John Oldham Park is truly one of the city's best-kept secrets. On the day I visited, I was the only visitor wandering along its shady and peaceful pathways. Despite having lived in Perth for over twenty years, it was my first visit to this beautiful and magical place. It definitely won't be my last.
Named after the respected landscape architect, John Oldham, the park is a perfect getaway for city-slickers yearning to escape Perth's rat-race without the hassles of leaving town. A peaceful haven for bird-watchers, photographers, romantic couples and picnickers, it also offers some extremely cool play equipment for young children, including a unique and very long slide, which extends part of the way down a low hill. There is also a small adventure playground, with a few picnic tables and barbecues close by. Located so close to the city centre and the river, it would be a great spot to enjoy lunch, or to drop in and explore during a family bike ride along the river.
This very long slide looks like it would be a blast to try.
The landscaping of the park is exquisite, and the lush gardens create a tropical ambiance. Water is a major feature of the garden, and has been used in various ways. A tranquil lake attracts much native bird-life, while a water fountain within it adds a dramatic contrast. Hidden within the lush foliage of the park's interior, an artificial stream meanders while a picturesque waterfall surrounded by rocks and shady vegetation further enhances the exotic atmosphere. For weary walkers, there are many rustic benches and secluded sitting places where you can rest and connect with nature.
In conclusion, whether you're looking for somewhere special to take the family this weekend or just want a tranquil place to relax, not too far from the city, the John Oldham Park may be just what you're looking for. Situated so close to the city, it's easily accessible by both public and private transport. A cycle path passes directly through it, while a car park can be accessed off Mounts Bay Road. For those relying on public transport, the Blue CAT bus stops right next to the park: just ask the driver where to get out.
A carpark is conveniently located at the John Oldham Park, while several cycle paths pass close by.