Perth is a city rich in pretty parks, beautiful beaches, and fantastic flora and fauna.
With Summer approaching fast, now is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic with the family. And we’ve got you covered with this list of the best picnic spots in Perth!
Kings Park is one of the biggest inner city parks in the world, visited by 6 million people every year. And, with stunning views over Perth City and Swan River, it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’ve packed your own snacks, or bought from one of the many cafes found all over the park, picnicking here will never disappoint. Nearly two thirds of the park is bushland, so you’ll be surrounded by an array of flora and fauna, including some WA wildflowers found nowhere else on Earth. Kings Park also has playgrounds to entertain the kids, so you can picnic with the whole family.
Lesmurdie Falls National Park
If you’re looking for an adventure, then Lesmurdie Falls National Park is the place for you. Work up an appetite by taking a walking trail up to the viewing platform over the Lesmurdie Waterfall. On a clear day, sites across Perth City all the way to Rottnest Island make for the perfect picture. Then, descend back to the designated picnic area, with access to BBQs and views along the falls. We recommend staying for a sunset, as it’s sure to be the highlight of your week.
There’s nothing better than a relaxing day at the beach – except maybe a delicious picnic to finish the afternoon off. Cottesloe Beach is home to more than a kilometre of pure white sand, and beautiful ocean views. The tiered grass area overlooking the water is the ideal place to lay out the picnic rug, while the kids run around in the nearby playground. Plus, you can choose to indulge with fish and chips from the famous Amberjacks cafe, or bring your own treats and relax in the shade.
Queens Gardens was built in honour of Queen Victoria, and is the best place for those looking to picnic in style. Pop the champagne and choose a spot by the lake to watch the swans and ducks while you dine. Then, explore the replicas of famous English monuments found in the Gardens, such as the Peter Pan statue of Kensington Gardens, and the park bench from Notting Hill. Need we say more?
Walyunga National Park
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful picnic experience at Walyunga National Park. It’s steeped in Indigenous history, including one of the largest known Indigenous campsites in Perth. You can picnic by Boongarup pool, where picnic tables and BBQ facilities are provided, and explore the flooded gums and wildlife all around. You may even want to try and walking trail or two, or stay tucked away in the shade.
Hyde Park is an oasis in the city, and is also a registered Indigenous site of significance as an important place for the Whadjuk Noongar people. Picnickers can choose a spot by the lake, and let their kids run around in the nearby children’s playground, or the water playground for those hot Summer days. Dogs are welcome here too, meaning everyone can join in on the fun.
Millbrook Winery is a bit of a drive, but it’s definitely worth the journey. Located at the picturesque Chestnut Farm, the owners are happy to let anyone set up a picnic and enjoy the scenery if they purchase a bottle of wine. And trust us, that’s no compromise, as Millbrook has already won many awards, showcasing just how good their wine really is. Plus, you can order a pre-made picnic basket, which includes a variety of homemade goodies straight from their on-site kitchen. Dig in, and spend the rest of the day wandering the surrounding orchard, olive grove, and vineyards. There’s beauty to be found in every direction.
Only thirty minutes from the heart of Perth, Whiteman Park is sure to be a whole day affair. There’s plenty to see and do, including a miniature train line, museums, and heaps of playgrounds. There’s even a water playground for those visiting on a warmer day. You can also stop by the Caversham Wildlife Park, where they offer up-close experiences with native animals, such as hand-feeding kangaroos and holding koalas. After a long day of exploring, settle down at any of the picnic tables around the park, and enjoy a delicious meal with the family. With lots of wonderful views, Whiteman Park really does have everything.
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