Beers are to barbecues what an all-day easterly breeze is to a WA beach, the perfect pair.
Fortunately for us West Aussies, Perth is full of excellent park spaces to enjoy both things, with free public barbecues and a generally relaxed attitude towards a couple of quiet beverages with your nearest and dearest, as long as you’re not causing a ruckus (drink responsibly, duh).
Below are six of our favourites, some better known, a couple off the beaten path, some by the river, some by the sea. It’s gonna be warm for a few months yet folks, so get out there and enjoy the sun while you can:
Hyde Park, Perth
While Kings Park gets all the glory when it comes to Perth’s finest green spaces, we’re suckers for the more intimate surrounds of Hyde Park. It’s big without being huge and you can find always find a little corner to yourself somewhere. There are plenty of barbies, shaded areas and even a water playground for the tiny ones, an depending on the time of year a heap of cute as heck baby ducks and swans – remember, look but don’t touch!
Mrs Herberts Park, Claremont
Mrs Herberts is one of several great little corners of parkland along the Swan River, running from Nedlands all the way down to East Freo. So there’s plenty of options if it’s a little busy – just keep heading south! It’s tucked away nicely, and has a playground for the kids along with necessary amenities.
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross
Heathcote Reserve has one of the best playgrounds in Perth (it’s Pirate Themed!), to go with plenty of barbies and drink fountains. If you forgot the nibbles there’s a café to sort you out, along with a bit of history in the cultural precinct. There’s great views and plenty of shade, the seabreeze keeps it cool in the afternoons, and there’s a makers market every other Sunday.
South Beach, Fremantle
South Beach is a pretty iconic one for Fremantle, so if you’re up some community vibes this is just the ticket. After a swim grab a spot on the huge grassed area, un-fold the deck chairs and settle in for a nice breezy afternoon as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Plenty of amenities close by too if you need to freshen up after a salty swim.
Russell Brown Adventure Park, Mosman Park
Located in Minim Cove, the Russell Brown Adventure Park has one epic nature play space that we assure you isn’t just for kids. It’s next to a secluded little lake, out of the hustle and bustle of other riverside park areas. There’s a few barbecues to set up shop for the afternoon, and if you’re into riding it’s also located right next to a huge cycle path that runs along the river.
Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
If you are looking for a park to truly take in Perth City that isn’t Kings Park, Sir James Mitchell has space for everyone. It has plenty of barbecues and kids play areas abound, plus it’s right on the river so stays pretty cool.