Summer starts next week, can you believe that? Spring was slightly strange this year with some pretty hot days, evening lightning storms and cooler weather. Still, it’s been great weather for a picnic and I can’t complain. I know I say it all the time, but we really are fortunate in Western Australia to have mostly sunny pleasant weather and large nature spaces peppered in and around the city.
In this crazy faced paced life we need some sort of balance. For me, it’s a good old-fashioned picnic and here are a few of my favourite places for a picnic in Perth.
Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
This inner city park would have to be my favourite place for a picnic in Perth. Being a 400 hectare park, there are many spots to choose from, all offering different experiences. The grassed area running parallel to Fraser Avenue is a visual delight of the city, Swan River and Perth hills, this is one spot for a picnic on a hot summer’s evening under the gum trees and in full view of the sparkling city lights. There’s the summer outdoor movies in the Synergy Parkland too.
Perry Lakes, Cambridge
Perry Lakes is scenic at sunset when the sun’s rays penetrate through the trees creating a beautiful golden glow. The bird life is ripe in this park with a big family of Kookaburras. Watch out they love sausages! The tree landscape is perfect for hot summer day picnics, you won’t be fighting for the shady spot! The Bold Park hiking trails are nearby and so is HBF Stadium where there is a public swimming pool. Did I mention it’s only a 15 minute drive from Perth’s CBD and 5 minutes from Subiaco. I think it’s often a forgotten park but just as well, it’s a really peaceful pocket of Perth and its all Australian native bush.
Cottesloe Civic Centre Gardens
Perched high on a hill and metres from Cottesloe Beach is an area of charming terraced gardens with perfectly manicured grass, two BBQ’s and a secret slide. Its a popular spot for weddings and recently, Prince Charles’ birthday, however, for the most part its a quiet spot away from the crowds. This is a little gem of a spot and fairly sheltered from the sea breeze on those windy days! On the other hand it can also be an escape from the heat under those tall Norfolk pine trees.
Bay View Park
A quiet spot in Mosman Park with amazing views of the city, Swan River and Point Walter. It’s a wonderful spot to distract the mind!
Keane’s Point Reserve
A lively family filled fun picnic spot on the banks of the Swan River, great for large ‘get togethers’. There is a yacht club, playground, boat ramp, BBQ’s, small swimming beach and cafe. It’s a spot full of activities!
A little further away….
A little further away from Keane’s Point close to Mosman’s Restaurant is a small strip of river bank with chairs and picnic tables. A little more subdue then Keane’s point, and the tables are closer to the river here. A morning with no wind and a flat river, is unbelievably picturesque – a coffee and cake spot I say, with Choux Cafe and Claremont Quarter a 10 minute drive away!