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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published July 25th 2012
Want to spend a great weekend without much spending? Besides staying in your house like a hermit, people can assure you that you've hit a conundrum. These people are wrong.

Only a short walk from the Joondalup shops and train station, Neil Hawkins Park is not only a wonderful place to visit on the weekend, but for any day of the week and for people of all ages.

Statue of Bibbulmun Yorga woman and her dog. Artist: Ron Corbett

There are many things you can do at the park such as bike riding, walking your dog (remaining on the lead), trying out the playground (who said you can't have fun at 20?), or just sit back, relax and soak up the glorious atmosphere.

Even still with all these delightful options upon you, by far the most fun to be had is from feeding the birds. Make sure you've brought at least one packet of bird seed with you, hold out each hand with an open palm full of seedy goodness, and only then can you proudly reenact a poor man's Brandon Lee….with (mostly) pigeons.

Other attractions at Neil Hawkins Park include; a simply mesmerising view of Lake Joondalup, BBQ facilities, incredibly convenient patches of shade, coffee/ice cream vans on the weekends, and if you come early enough, you may see a kangaroo or two along with the rest of the beautiful wildlife, riddled throughout the park.

If you ever feel like going to a park, and want too be more adventurous than taking a stroll to the one down the road, come to Neil Hawkins. With a park that has such rich cultural history and beauty, there is no substitute.

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Why? Because it's amazing
Phone: (08) 9400 4268
Where: Boas Avenue Joondalup WA 6027
Cost: Free, except for the bird seed
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