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Published October 6th 2016
These beautiful gardens all right on our doorsteps
Gardens are a beautiful thing, whether you're an older person who just needs to relax, or a young family looking for somewhere safe the kids can run around. Maybe you need somewhere scenic to propose to the love of your life?
Whatever the reason, there are some truly beautiful gardens around Perth, and now is the best season. The weather is clearing up (about time), and it's spring which means flowers, green grass, and not too many bugs.
The list below covers some of Perth's most beautiful gardens for that special occasion, or maybe just a sunny Saturday jaunt.
King's Park - Free King's Park covers 100 acres of prime real estate, and is number one on the list for very good reason. Everyone's been there, it really is one of Perth's greatest places to showcase. The below map will give you an idea of just how big the garden is. There are several picnic areas. Synergy park around the back is an excellent spot to set up if you have kids. It's a bit away from the crowds so there plenty of room for a game of cricket, and the nature playground is first class and will entertain both young kids and grown-up kids.
At the front lawns there are spectacular views of the city, right through to the hills. During the day there's plenty of picnic goers relaxing on the trim lawns, taking in the towering war memorial, or strolling through the botanic gardens and treetop walk. The park doesn't close over night, so if you're up late there's nothing quite like the deserted lawns with the flame burning and the lights of the city view.
Araluen- $10 Set in the heart of the hills, this garden covers hectares with tulips, poppies, and stunning Japanese-style water features. Towering pines hide rustic paths, and a creek meanders its way through. At the centre is a large lawn area, where you can buy food and drink. There's picnic rugs and cushions spread on the ground, so if you'd like a picnic it's an excellent place to do it. If you're not too keen for a walk, it would also be easy to spend a morning relaxing on the lawn.
The Hidden Paths of Araluen
Supreme Court Gardens- Free This garden has the benefit of being situated right in the city. In fact, it's right next to Elizabeth key, so food, drinks, the swan river...it's all literally just across the road. The well shaded gardens surround the Supreme Court, and the oldest building in the city. Because it's a public park there's plenty of events on year round- especially at this time of year. This also means that you'll have to share the space with the public, but contact the City of Perth about hiring it out for functions and having it all to yourself. The sprawling lawns are connected by pathways, and towering trees cover large areas with shade.
Stirling Cottage - Free Entry While not strictly speaking in the Perth Area, I couldn't leave this little paradise off the list. Stirling Cottage is in Harvey, just off South Western Highway, en route to the South West. These Garden's are tucked away and secluded. Some areas are manicured with Heritage garden beds, but strolling to the outskirts reveals the free reign of nature in a 'secret garden'. Paths run by the Harvey River and on a sunny day the lighting is magical. The gardens also feature a mini orchard and water features.
There is a gift shop and cafe, with Balcony overlooking the peaceful river. It's an excellent place for a day trip, or even a quick leisurely lunch stop on your way down South.
Hire Out the Grounds of UWA
UWA - Free Entry It might not seem obvious at first, but anyone who has visited the University of Western Australia can attest that the grounds are stunning. UWA offer the grounds for a range of functions, or just head over there to explore what's available. See their website for more info on booking a function.
So keep these in mind next time you need somewhere beautiful to explore, relax, or have fun. Tip: Don't forget to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and your camera to take some snaps with at these scenic locations.