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Published June 22nd 2017
A little pocket of tranquility in the middle of the city
John Oldham Park is located on Mounts Bay Road in Perth. It is located within the Narrows Exchange Parkland. You've probably driven past it hundreds of time and never even realised it was there. If you're heading out of Perth and moving down Mounts Bay Road, keep an eye out for a park sign and a small carpark on the left side of the road just before a large roundabout.
To get to the park, follow the bike path to a bridge that goes over a creek. Don't be put off going to the park because it is next to a freeway. The sound of the traffic is largely muffled by all of the trees and greenery.
The only negative I can say about this park is that the parking lot is paid parking. For more information about the car park fees, please click here.
John Oldham Park really is quite beautiful. The creek you pass over is gorgeous. You can hear water rushing over rocks and the cries of native birds. When you cross the bridge, the first thing you will see is a playground with swings, a sandpit, play equipment, barbecues, seats and tables and well-maintained grounds.
If you turn left, you will see a climbing frame that spins around but the real thing you want to see is a little bit further down the path. The thing that really makes John Oldham Park worth a visit is a giant slide that it has built into the side of a hill.
The slide is really magnificent. It has been called one of the largest slides in Perth. It is long and steep and built into a spongy, green padded surface.
It is easy to make the trek to the top. Adults and kids can both enjoy the slide. The best way to go down it is on a blanket. If you try to go down without one the slide can be a little slow. But with a blanket, you will go super fast!
When we visited the park we must have spent around 40 minutes just going on the slide over and over again. We've already promised to ourselves that we will come back again but next time we will bring blankets to slide on and maybe a picnic basket so we can have a barbeque as well.