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Published April 13th 2012
Any time is a great time to pack up a picnic, or barbeque, set up a blanket in the park, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Some good food, good friends and good times.
Long weekends, holidays, and public holidays – any excuse will do, but who needs an excuse. The weekend is the perfect time for a picnic with family and friends. So where exactly is the best picnic spot in Perth?
Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden is probably the most famous picnic spot. There are lots of picnic areas around the park, including the Synergy Parkland and the Lotterywest Family Area, with playgrounds and barbecue facilities. Kings Park also has some magnificent views of Perth so relax and enjoy your picnic as you take in the view.
There are also loads of things to do in Kings Park like guided tours and nature walks so after your picnic you can do a bit of exploring.
Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone is located in a lush, shady valley, which is part of the Darling Range. There are many great picnic spots and barbeque areas around the park. Araluen is also home to the famous garden and flower displays.
Heathcote Reserve in Applecross has magnificent, uninterrupted views of the city and is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. It has a great children's playground, also barbeque facilities and picnic tables in the shade.
Point Walter Reserve in Bicton is a fun place for swimming and picnicking. There are barbeque facilities, children's playground, lots of shady picnic areas and a café for snacks, all close to the river.
Bibra Lake Reserve in Bibra Lake has been a popular picnic spot for years. There are barbeque facilities, playgrounds and plenty of shady picnic spots overlooking the lake. There is also a wide pathway and cycleway that circles the lake, and a jetty. Watch the swans and ducks swimming close by, they come up onto the grass and you can feed them but be careful as they can bite.
Queens Gardens in Perth, in the middle of the city, has lovely gardens, flowers displays and a lake. Burswood Park is lovely and has walking trails, lakes and a fountain. Tomato Lake in Belmont is huge and has a play area for the kids and paths so you can take a stroll around the lake. All of these parks have excellent picnic areas.
Perth is lucky enough to have many premium picnic areas, maybe you already have a favourite. Why not leave a comment and let us know where the best picnic spot in Perth is?
If you want the whole package for a fun filled day "PICNIC ON THE SWAN RIVER' northern suburbs of Perth (Bayswater Riverside Gardens located along Milne or end of King William Streets, Bayswater). Any season of the year, then maybe consider for families with small children- a fully fenced play gym area fully equipped with swings, slide, climbing apparatus etc with a shade sail above and laid rubber to soften falls. Outside of that behold the rolling green turf, walkways and cycle paths, a mini dog beach area, Free BBQ facility, huts and trees for shade in the summer. Centrally located toilet block, Situated in the car park is a vintage caravan houses the Cool Breeze Cafe which serves coffee and ice creams amongst other things. The cafe is open Mon - Thurs 6am - 12pm and Fri - Sun and Public holidays 6.30am - 7pm.Fitness equipment for use dotted throughout the Park/ open 24 hours / well behaved dogs escorted without a leash in certain areas / A revamped bird sanctuary completed this year (cost approx over $ 4.3 million) no dogs allowed there of course but you can ride you may walk or bike on the provided track.Boat Launching Ramps available and ample parking.. For more information: Telephone
(08) 9272 0622
Chidlow Village Oval.
Shelters with tables and seats, gas barbecues, lots of play and exercise equipment for all the family, bakery and ice cream shop near by and plenty of open area for games. and it won't cost you a thing.
Serpentine Falls has everything - Barbecues to use, beautiful picnic area - lawned, tables and chairs(plenty), and toilets and is very clean.
See a variety of wildlife, especially friendly kangaroos (please do not feed them) and bushwalking through some wonderful tracks, and the falls are always a delight to see.
Joondalup has a Gem of a park, hidden in plain view. No, not Neil Hawkins park, but one perhaps more beautiful and relaxing in Central Park. No crowds, lots of shade, close to parking, toilets, private but not creepy areas. It is one of my favorite places. Ducks abound, lots of meandering pathways. It is a greatly overlooked space that is only about 20 years old but really seems older as much of the original bush land has been integrated into the landscape. Easy access, family friendly space. Check it out, you'll see what I mean.