Remember those gorgeous tropical gardens surrounding your Nusa Duo hotel, with the lianas and the thick juicy-coloured leafs? Well, the lucky West Australians (and all visitors of our beautiful city, of course), can indulge themselves in the beauty of the Asian tropics right on the outskirts of Perth. This time we have visited the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens, which were created by a couple of Dutch architects in the late 1960s.
Although surrounded by a skirt of a wall, the entry to this magnificent place is absolutely free. Lots of secluded, well designed and brilliantly manicured gardens are interlinked by a good and steady pathway offering its visitors a great opportunity to go for a walk and take plenty of pictures along the way. One of the main attractions of this garden is its 36-hole minigolf, popular among the kids and the kids at heart. There are also a couple of ponds and creeks, so supervision of your youngsters is highly recommended!
Once the kids (and usually their fathers) are occupied with one tiny white ball and a couple of long sticks used to manipulate that ball into a hole in the ground, the mums can make themselves pretty comfortable on the pillows of the Leap Frog café, which you essentially walk into as you enter the Gardens from the car park.
There is always a couple of nice dishes to choose from on the menu, from your simpler fish and chips/ burger options to a more sophisticated seafood, lambs and stakes. Kids often opt for pizzas, which are made to order, right there and then, in the wood-fired oven. Milk shakes and homemade ice-creams, are also ever so popular, especially on a hotter summer day.
Notably, this Garden is often used for weddings and similar special events. No surprise there – it looks and feels a million dollars! And the photos of your loved ones, taken in any corner of this garden, would no doubt decorate any wall or album, whether hard or digital.
Make sure you take your kids for a great day out to this absolutely stunning nature retreat during these winter holidays. All you need to know about this place or how to get there can be found on their website.
Any kid deserves this treat! For one it's a special day with the family or friends, under the sun; and secondly, your child would certainly be left with the long-lasting memories and a story to tell to the rest of the class, as 'news' in Terms 3 (even if your trip is limited to a walk and an ice-cream or a simple picnic in the park). Hope you love it as much as we did!
PS: If you are planning to dine at the café, we'd recommend you book a table in advance to avoid disappointments.
My co-author, Elizaveta (7yo) passed the following comments:
"I always love this place. It is very exciting because there is kids' golf and a café with pizzas and the ice-cream. It is a very fun place to be! Great for exploring the jungle and the river".