I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published August 16th 2011
When you imagine an average suburban park, what do you see in your mind? Maybe a playground, shady trees, picnic tables, BBQ facilities, public toilet, and possibly a lawn.
Does Wireless Hill Park have all these? Yes, it does. Is it an average suburban park, then? No, it isn't. Why not, you wonder. Read on and you'll discover a few extras that make Wireless Hill a special park in Perth.
One of the two towers
The first is the twin observation towers that grace the top of the hill. These green towers may look unprepossessing. However once you climb to the top, the 360degree vistas will take your breath away. The obligatory river and city view is there for you to savour, with the greeneries of the park as the foreground, giving an impression that Perth is indeed a very green city.
View from the tower
Another reason that makes the park special is the extensive walking trails among the bush available for people with various levels of fitness. In wildflower season (starting late winter to early summer), visitors would also be able to enjoy an amazingly-diverse display of blooms, such as kangaroo paws, orchids, wattles, and grevilleas. Visit Friends of Wireless Hill's website for a suggested route to enjoy the wildflower collections.
A unique feature of the park not available anywhere else is the museum that shares its name, the Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum. Historically, the hill was the site of the first communications radio in Western Australia, enabling wireless communications to be carried out for the first time in 1912 between Western Australia and other parts of Australia and the world. The station was decommissioned in 1967 and the museum is currently open by appointment only. To make a booking or check availability, visit the City of Melville's website.
Playground surrounded by shady trees
Having described all that, what about the facilities we mentioned in the beginning? Facilities that make a suburban park comfortable and inviting to both the young and the old? Not to worry, Wireless Hill Park abounds in those too. There are plenty of carparks, a good-size lawn to kick a ball or two, public toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities, a playground, and for those who find playground equipment not challenging enough, plenty of trees to climb.
BBQ facilities on the lawn
Not the picnicking type? Maybe this last thing would be a clincher for you city-slickers: It's just a stone throw away from the Garden City Shopping Centre (Almondbury Road, Ardross). So you don't even have to cook your own lunch after a morning of leisurely walk in the park.