Amongst the hustle and bustle of suburban Perth many parks and gardens offer a quiet respite. Stirling Civic Gardens - right next to the train station and IKEA - is one such park that offers a relaxing environment in a well manicured landscape.
Unlike many parklands, the first thing you'll notice about the Stirling Civic Gardens is the undulating terrain. The landscapers chose not to flatten everything for ease, but have instead created an open and vibrant space flowing over and around the grassy hills. The best part is the grass is non-itchy.
Small lakes and streams work their way through the lower terrain, the water and reeds offering a refuge for local birdlife, frogs, reptiles and dragonflies. Trees provide shade along the pathways, benches and playground surrounds to keep you out of the sun while there are sheltered tables scattered around the park.
The playground itself is pretty big with facilities for kids young and old. Of course, children seem to spend half their time rolling down the hills and running around the waterways so the playground itself is rarely overcrowded.
There are four barbeques around the playground and the park is very well suited for picnics, the rolling terrain, shade and soft grass mean you can easily find your own quiet patch of paradise whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The main feature of the Stirling Civic Gardens is the war memorial. Dedicated to local soldiers who've lost their lives to various conflicts, each conflict is embedded in its own stone sitting at the highest point of the park, overlooking the cascading water feature and garden below.
1.2 kilometres of pathway wind through the park, making for an easy stroll or short exercise route. It must be noted that the park is not dog friendly - they must stay on leashes - much to my dog's bemusement. The Stirling Civic Gardens are a great escape from urban life nestled within the hustle and bustle of a busy suburb.