We’re getting past that weird bit in Spring where it still gets really cold and randomly rains from time to time. It’s full steam ahead into summer baby, which means it’s not too hot yet to lay out a picnic blanket and chill in one of Perth’s many great parks. Like these!
It’s hard to go past one of Perth’s finest inner-city parks to start with, Hyde Park. To think what it was like 10 years compared to now, a fully established, safe and lush parkland that’s as great for people watching as it is for picnic blanketing.
Vincent St & William St, Perth
Everyone loves to rave about Perth’s “secret garden”, but did you know we have one a lot closer to home? Okay so Queens Gardens may not actually be a secret, but we fully feel it’s an un-discovered gem that deserves more love, with beautiful lily-filled lakes and perfectly manicured lawns.
Photo via via Crowne Plaza
Hay St & Hale St, Perth
Harold Boas Gardens
Another almost-secret inner city gem, Harold Boas Gardens are delightful, with a serene lake lying at the base of an easy-flowing waterfall and rocky cascade. There’s plenty of trees offering shade, and plenty of birds to help you keep the peace.
Wellington St & Havelock St, Perth
For unparalleled views of the Swan River, Optus Stadium and Belmot Race Course, Bardon Park is the City Of Bayswater’s pride and joy. There’s an epic nature-based playground, shade sails, water fountains, public barbecues and more.
Fourth Ave E, Maylands
The entry way to East Perth’s Claisebrook Cove features two beautiful parks to the north and south, with Mardalup being the former. With stunning views of Optus and Matagarup Bridge, the parklands are filled winding walkways, barbecue facilities and kids playgrounds.
Brown St, East Perth
Likewise to the south you’ll find the rolling greens of Victoria Gardens, one of Perth’s earliest green spaces dating back to the 1800s. Along with its proximity to all the great cafés in Claisebrook Cove, the grounds feature a variety of stunning artworks celebrating Aborigingal history in the area.
Royal St, East Perth
Civic Centre Grounds
The leafy suburbs of Cottesloe are not wanting for lush green spaces, but the Civic Centre Grounds are surely the cream of the crop. From the expansive Main Lawn, to the Secret Garden, Sunken Lawn and Old Tank Stand, it’s a stunning location that does have public barbecues – just get down early on the weekends.
Napier St, Cottesloe
There are many great spots along the river near the suburb of Dalkeith to pull up for a picnic, and it’s hard to go past Beaton Park, home to the Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space. There’s picnic facilities galore, and it’s a brilliant spot to bring kids and adults of all ages and abilities.
Market Square in Subiaco is an underrated little spot, with wonderfully manicured lawns, plenty of shady trees, some public barbecues and a more laidback vibe still close to the city. It’s only going to get better once the Subi Oval redevelopment is finished too!
Roberts Rd, Subiaco
Perth’s most popular beach is also adorned with a rolling lawn area that’s a great spot to watch the sun set over the ocean. Make sure you head down on those special easterly-wind-blowing afternoons for a swim and picnic to remember.
Challenger Pde, Floreat
For unparalleled views of Fremantle a trip up Monument Hill is a must. The historic site will also give you a look at the harbour, Garden and Rottnest Island and the Darling Ranges. Make sure you to pay your respects at the magnificent Fremantle War Memorial too.
High St & Bateman St, Fremantle
While it’s a supremely popular spot for the people of Perth, luckily it’s also massive so it’s not hard to find a shady tree to yourself – of which there are plenty. There’s also a huge variety of waterbirds to spot, nature trails, playgrounds and barbecue facilities for everyone to enjoy.
Lake Monger Dve, Wembley
Surf fans could do a lot worse than pitching their blanket on the hill at Scarborough Reserve and watching the action unfold right out front. Plus you’ve got the huge Scarborough Esplanade at your fingertips, including skate park, basketball, rock climbing and whale playground. A little further south at Brighton you’ll also find some quieter green hills to perch on and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
The Esplanade, Scarborough
If you’re chasing some epic kids playgrounds check out 20 Of The Best Around Perth.
Cover photo by by Heritage Perth