It’s no secret that Aussies love their picnics, can you blame us? We have perfect weather, picturesque parks and some of the best beaches in the world. Picnics are a perfect excuse to have an affordable day out while exploring nature and embracing our relaxed outdoor culture. When picking a place to roll out the rug, Kings Park is always front of mind. Sure, the views are spectacular, but there are plenty of other unique locations that are outside the tourist trap and perfect for a sunny day feast. Grab some friends and a selection of soft cheeses and head to one of these locations for your next picnic in Perth.
South Beach Recreation Reserve
South Beach is one of the best beaches in Perth, so it seems only fitting to set up shop at the park parallel. The beach itself is sheltered by the elements, making the water almost lagoon-like, keeping you protected from the big west coast waves. Once you’ve had a dip, set up a blanket and pull out the snacks at the reserve just behind the beach. Luscious green grass, plenty of parking and lots of shade from nearby trees. Shoot some hoops at the basketball court and let the kids play on the playground. Bring some snaggas to cook up on the BBQ facilities, or if you forget to pick up some food, drop in to the South Beach café for your smoothie and acai bowl fix.
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Hidden between Graham Farmer Freeway and Claisebrook cove is a top-secret Perth picnic location. Positioned on the swan river, you get the best of it all; city views without being in the hustle and bustle, waterfront location without all the beach-goers and bushland without the regional drive. The wide-open space with plenty of nooks and crannies means there is a surprising amount of privacy despite being a public space. The privacy factor makes Mardalup Park a perfect location for your next romantic couples feast, bring down some fairy lights and a thermos of hot chocolate and cash in your brownie points.
South Perth Foreshore
The stretch of green along the South Perth Foreshore is home to some of the most famous and beautiful views of the city skyline. Whether you want to base yourself right in the action by the observation deck near the Scented Garden or if you want to place yourself down at McCallum Park, there are plenty of picturesque spots to relax and watch the world pass you by. Activities are plenty in this active and dynamic location. Have a crack at the surf cats, hire out a kayak and cruise past the dolphins on the Swan River, or test your skill at a game of ultimate frisbee. After you have worked up your appetite, set up your spread and soak up the city light sky.
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The Zig Zag
What was once a hotspot for teenage stoners can be your new park and dine spot. The Zig Zag is a winding stretch of road beginning in Kalamunda, elevated at such a height you can see from Perth city right out to the sticks. Borrow your mate’s ute, chuck a bed in the back and you have got yourself a private dinner party with a million dollar view and all the creature comforts from home.
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John Oldham Park
Just off Mounts Bay Road amid the hustle and bustle there is a secret oasis immersed with greenery. There are plenty of walking and cycling paths in the area but it is still surprisingly quiet and perfect for a midday rendezvous. Ideal for those who work in the city and need a spot for a sneaky spot to snack, unwind and maybe even take a little nap in the sunshine. Chill out in front of the pond and watch the ducks cruise along the water, embrace your inner child at the outdoor jungle gym or cook up a burger at the outdoor BBQ spot.
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Let me paint a picture of the most perfect summers day in Perth. Wake up nice and early, pack a picnic in a backpack, and load the bikes on the car. Head to Scarborough Beach, grab a smoothie from one of the local health cafés’ and cycle your way along the coastal pathway, working up an appetite and admiring the west coast views. Stop in at Clarko Reserve, settle in for the afternoon enjoying your yummy spread of food, kick the footy in the park and go for a dip in the ocean. When you’ve got a little bit of energy left, pack up and mosey your way back to the car in Scarborough, stopping at the seasonal afternoon markets along the way. Tell me a day better spent, I’ll wait.
A lot of people make their way out on a day trip out to Mundaring to check out the weir and maybe grab some lunch at the Mundaring Weir Hotel. But if you’re on a budget there are plenty of great picnic spots in the area for you to bring some homecooked treats instead. Anywhere between the North and South Ledge you can find yourself some lovely green spots with shade and BBQ facilities. Be careful though, many Kangaroos inhabit this area and aren’t afraid to pinch a Burger Ring or two. For desert there’s always a sneaky Mr Whippy lurking around to give you your soft serve fix.
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In just a short 45-minute drive from Perth you can escape suburbia and step out into the great outback. There are many great picnic locations in this national park but one truly takes the cake. The Eagle View Walk is a 15km loop offering beautiful native plant life, glistening waterfalls and up-close wildlife. Take the trail away from the main picnic area and down through the Jane Brook valley, as you come up and out of the west end you’ll find yourself standing over a boulder overlooking the great Australian bushland and nestled right in the centre lies the Perth city skyscrapers. It’s a perfect spot to set up for lunch, make sure you pack plenty, the full day hike isn’t for the feint hearted.
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If you’ve ticked these off your list, some other special mentions include; Point Walter Reserve, Hyde Park, Chidley Point Reserve, the Secret Garden on Careniup Road, and Riverside Gardens in Bayswater. If you’re feeling extra adventurous why not take your picnic trip overseas and take the ferry out to Rottnest Island. No matter where you decide to picnic this summer, Perth has got you covered with endless natural beauty and perth-ect weather.
About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/
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