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Araluen Botanic Park

Nestled in serene Australian bushland, filled with beautiful gardens and family events.

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ,Cafe / Shops,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Explore 59 hectres of native Australian bushland and 14 hectres of developed gardens featuring exotic plant species. 

The park has an impressive collection of Cameillias, Tea Roses and ever popular Tulips, all flourishing amongst a native backdrop of Eucalyptus, Marri and Blackbutt Trees. 

Avon Valley National Park

Avon Valley National Park is open daily.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Avon Valley National Park has many walk trails, barbecues, picnic tables and pit toilets. Water is available in the camping grounds at Bald hill, Homestead, Drummonds and Valley camp sites.

Bardon Park

  • (08) 9272 0622

Well kept gardens and ornamental lakes with public facilities.

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

This large nature based playground is nestled within the beautiful grounds of Bardon Park overlooking the Swan River in Maylands. The playground offers various methods of play including climbing, swinging and sand play. Bardon Park offers something for everyone with wide pathways, perfect for walks or bike rides, picnic and barbeque facilities, bench seating and amazing views of the river. 

Bickley Bay

Just a short cycle away from Kingstown Barracks, Bickley Bay is a white sandy bay with excellent swimming conditions.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Bickley Bay sits to the west of Rottnest Island, close to the Bickley Battery and the settlement at Kingstown. It is suitable for swimming, with generally calm conditions. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Birdwood Square

An oasis of green space close to the CBD and opposite the popular Brisbane Hotel

Details

  • Facilities:Kids Play Grounds
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Birdwood Square has facilities like change rooms and a social room, making it perfect for sporting activities. 

The City is passionate about preserving green space for the enjoyment of residents and ratepayers, and our parks and reserves provide vital oases dotted throughout Vincent.

Burley Park

Burley Park``Commanding views from this natural setting make a great stop on a day trip.

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Burns Beach

A family favourite, Burns Beach is a sheltered swimming spot that sits within the wildlife-rich waters of Marmion Marine Park.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Look out for seabirds, dolphins, sea lions, rays and a huge diversity of other species from the lookout points. Interpretive signs along the way provide insights into the native flora, fauna and history of the area.

Dine ocean-side at the café, or try chasing some fish by throwing in a line from the groyne or northern end of the beach.

Burswood Park

Located just 3km from the City Centre, Burswood Park offers visitors a range of facilities to enjoy passive or active leisure.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds,Picnic Facilities,Walking Trails

Description

The historic of WA is brought to life for those who follow the unique Heritage trail which winds throughout the park and features bronze sculptures of historic figures. Over 40 species of bird life abound within the landscaped parks, gardens and lakes, and free BBQ's, picnic areas and children's playgrounds are available.

Cape Peron

Once the first line of defence against World War II invaders, walks paths round the cape and offer commanding views over Cockburn sound.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Marine Parks & Reserves

Description

Look over the beautiful coastline and Shoalwater Marine Park Islands. Leafy garden tracks, glorious sunsets on shimmering water and previously the observation post for a World War II coastal battery.

Cape Vlamingh

The western-most point of Rottnest Island, dolphins are frequently to be seen passing by Cape Vlamingh.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Boating,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

Interestingly, the nearest landmass is Madagascar, many thousands of kilmetres across the ocean. Cape Vlamingh is an exposed area, and the Cape Vlamingh Heritage Trail provides walkers with excellent views over the Cape and surrounding waters. 

The Cape gets its name from Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh, who, upon discovering the Island, believed the resident Quokkas to be rats. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Cathedral Rocks Viewing Platform

Provides a fantastic viewing point looking out over the cathedral rocks and New Zealand fur seals at play.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

The New Cathedral Rocks viewing platform allows you to get closer to the resident New Zealand Fur Seals colony without disturbing them whilst they flip and play together in the bay and enjoy basking on the rocks. The Cathedral Rocks waters are closed to diving and boating (see water closures here). Ride to Cathedral Rocks by bike or jump on the Island Explorer bus. Find out how to interact with New Zealand Fur Seals.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Centenary Park

  • (08) 9477 7222

Facilities include BBQ's, playground area and a lake that is visited by numerous birds, including black swans. For walking enthusiasts, there is also a path around the lake.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

City Of York Bay

A peaceful little bay along the Island's north coast, perfect for swimming and seaside-exploring.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

City of York Bay is a small bay near to Catherine and Little Armstrong Bays. It is one of the less populated bays, with a secluded atmosphere. It is just off of Bovell Way, so you can make it a pit-stop along your cycling journey. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Claughton Park

Jetty access, picnic facilities including free BBQ's.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

CY O'Connor Dog Beach

Great Beach for an off-lead walk!

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Pets Allowed,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly

Description

Take your dog for a walk and swim along the CY O'Connor Beach. The people are friendly and so are the dogs. If you fancy a picnic or bbq afterwards, there's a grassy area with picnic facilities and shade! 

Deep Water Point

Deep Water Point Reserve is a picturesque river edge location consisting of lawned picnic areas under majestic trees, a boat ramp, cafe, play spaces, an iconic jetty and beach access.

Details

  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,BBQ,Boat Ramp,Cafe / Shops,Kids Play Grounds
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Located along The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant, this reserve is busy with casual users, especially during the summer months.

Eagle Bay

A semicircular bay on the north-facing shoreline of Rottnest Island, surrounded by limestone cliffs.

Details

  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Overhung by cliffs, Eagle Bay is a small bay contained by a reef. It is suitable for snorkelling, with fish inhabiting the seagrass carpeting the seabed. 

Image credit: mapio.net

 

Ellis Brook Valley Reserve

Great views of Perth and great for a picnic!

Details

  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails,BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Swimming Holes,Waterfalls,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

<p> This area is a nice place to spend the day with your family. You can have a picnic, walk along the trail, look at the wildlife and enjoy the views! Especially from the top of the waterfall. </p>

Emu Lakes

In one of Perth's newest suburbs exists a special lake side parkland area complete with playground and picnic facilities.

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

A pretty lakeside parkland area on Summerlakes Parade in Ballajura, the City’s western most suburb, complete with playground and other facilities.  Watch birds, ducks and pelicans and enjoy the cultured flower beds as you take a relaxing stroll along the lakeshore.

F R Berry Reserve

This beautiful bush reserve is a perfect distance for a day trip from Perth and is equipped with picnic facilities and wood barbecue.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Fish Hook Bay

As its name suggests, this enclosed bay is curved like a fish hook and is the snorkeller's paradise

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Fish Hook Bay is located on the western coastline of Rottnest Island, named for its curved shape reminiscent of a fish-hook. The bay features a sandy, white shore for sun-bakers and a vibrant community of fish for curious snorkellers and divers to discover.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Fishmarket Reserve

A lovely riverside spot to have a bbq or to just take in the tranquil surroundings. Boat ramp, canoes, picnic tables and wood bbq on site.

Details

  • Activities:Canoeing
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Floreat Beach

Surfers are drawn to the waves at this scenic, sandy beach with dunes, a playground & BBQ area.

Details

  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Floreat Beach is in Western Australia, located off West Coast Highway, directly next to City Beach. The beach's southern extremity is a groyne and continues north past a drain pipe until Hale Road dog beach. In front of the beach area near the groyne there is a carpark, boardwalk, grassed area, and cycle path.

Fred Jacoby Park

A landscaped park planted with trees from many parts of the world and equipped with picnic facilities and children's playground. Several walk trails start and end at the park.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Located off Mundaring Weir Road Fred Jacoby Park is surrounded by state forest and consists of landscaped gardens and many trees planted from around the world.

Fred Jacoby is an ideal place for a family day out or picnic, there are pleasant walks that begin and pass through this site and features rolling grassland, exotic trees, picnic facilities and wood barbeques

It also contains one of the largest living English oak trees in Western Australia, surrounded by a boardwalk which enables visitors to get in under the canopy of this 140-year-old heritage-listed tree, whilst protecting the tree roots from compaction.  

G.O. Edwards Park

G.O. Edwards Park is the perfect venue for outdoor family, community or corporate functions.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

This beautiful park features an ornamental lake with water birds and is home to the Heritage Circle public artwork which celebrates the Town's unique Indigenous and settlement history.   There is a large gazebo overlooking the lake which is popular for wedding ceremonies. 

Other facilities include barbecues, toilets, accessible pathways, playground, gardens and plenty of shade for those hot summer days. The park is accessible via the Burswood Road car park which has accessible parking, with another car park located at Hawthorne Place.

See book a park or reserve to submit an application. 

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