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Queen's Gardens

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by Melanie Shaw (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth.
Published September 3rd 2013
Nature in the city
[ADVERT]It's difficult to find a quiet park on a sunny Sunday or public holiday. As a teenager I spent a lot of time at the WACA and quite often strolled through Queens Gardens on the way back to the city and the train home.

I was looking for somewhere pretty to take some photos of my daughters and Queen's Gardens came to mind. It is often the setting for wedding photos and it's easy to see why.

Located on the corner of Hay and Plain Streets, East Perth, the gardens are easy to get to on the Red Cat bus. If you drive there is plenty of parking available on Sundays and public holidays.

As you enter the gardens the outside world disappears. The gardens aren't as large as many other parks around Perth but this allows you to take your time and leisurely explore the plants, animals and special features of the park.

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Take time to smell the roses.

The pond has the usual bird life - we were lucky enough on our visit to see some cygnets as well as grown up swans, pelicans and ducks.

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Bird life in the gardens.

The kids loved the Peter Pan statue, a replica of the one that stands in Kensington Gardens in London. You could even take a story book of Peter Pan and read it in the park.

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Peter Pan Statue

Another point of interest in the gardens is the park bench that appeared in the film Notting Hill. Apparently it was bought by a local resident and donated anonymously to the City of Perth.

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The park bench from the film Notting Hill.

The kids loved playing in among the weeping willows, climbing trees and rolling down the grassy bank. With only a few other people in the park it was like being in a world of our own. We ran, we played, we watched the birds. We climbed trees, we told stories, we took photos. The girls still talk about "that park we went to in the city with the trees and baby swans."

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A great time was had by all.

If you're looking for somewhere a little bit different to the normal playground where the kids can use their imaginations to play, you might want to pay Queen's Gardens a visit next time you're at a loose end on a sunny Sunday.
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Where: Corner Hay St and Plain St, East Perth
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A beautiful garden to walk through, although the famous 'Notting Hill' bench is no longer there.
by Gen Adams (score: 2|135) 2577 days ago
Hi, Does it have a BBQ plate?
by nabee (score: 0|2) 1102 days ago
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