The 10 best picnic date spots in Perth
The humble picnic is a tried and true date winner for both new and established couples alike.
Sure, Kings Park is a beautiful spot for picnics but if you want to really wow your date, take them on a picnic to a completely unexpected location. Whether you’re after a romantic rendezvous for two or a family friendly fun day out, Perth and the surrounding suburbs has plenty of gorgeous picnic spots to offer!
Grab your picnic rug, your thermos and your date, and try out these little spots…
1. Queens Gardens, Perth CBD
A truly beautiful and surprisingly under-utilised park with plenty of spaces to snuggle yourself amidst the flowers for a moment of privacy. Featuring water lily-filled lakes, flower displays and beautiful heritage trees, the gardens are kept in an immaculate condition. There’s even a replica of the Peter Pan statue located in Kensington Gardens in London and a park bench made famous by the film, “Notting Hill”. If you catch it at the right time, you might even see a wedding in the gorgeous rotunda.
2. Harold Boas Gardens, West Perth
Although this parkland is frequented by busy corporates on their lunch break on the weekdays, it’s virtually deserted at most other times. Perpetually leafy, green and lush, you’ll find a lake, waterfall and rock cascade amongst the dense shrubbery. The perfect shady place to escape the beating sun! It’s within close walking distance of public transport shops to pick up your last minute picnic supplies, too.
3. Araluen Botanic Park, Roleystone
Dubbed as “heaven in the hills” this spot will take you a leisurely and scenic 35km drive from the Perth CBD, so plan a day trip for this one. The park is a beautiful and huge 59 hectare gardens littered with picnic spots throughout. If you and your partner are garden lovers, then this is one that you won’t want to miss. You’ll picnic amongst Tulips, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Daphne’s, Roses and millions of bulbs all flourishing amongst the Eucalyptus, including Marri, Blackbutt, Flooded Gum, Karri, Tuart and Jarrah trees. In Springtime, you’ll be battling with thousands of other people for the Tulip Festival but if you visit in Autumn, you’ll have the place to yourself. If you like things on the spicy side, visit in March for the annual Chili Festival and you can add some heat to your taste buds while you wander the gorgeous grounds.
4. Chidley Point, Mosman Park
A tiny little spot under a cliff. There are very few amenities here however; it boasts a truly impressive 180 degree view of the river. And for truly breathtaking views, you’ll want a sunset or sunrise picnic – the twinkling of the lights on the water is something that has to be seen to be believed. This spot is a hidden gem that very few people know about, so you’ll likely have the place to yourself.
5. Victoria Gardens, East Perth
A truly unique picnic spot, and usually relatively secluded. Featuring all the trimmings such as leafy green foliage and plenty of shady spots to lay down your picnic rug, you’ll also find plenty of artworks scattered throughout recognising Australia’s indigenous history. Watch the boats come and go where the river meets the park and be calmed by the serene lapping of the water. This park is also a popular spot for wedding photos – and once you visit, it’s not hard to see why.
6. Jackadder Lake, Woodlands
A beautiful lake to walk around with a small 1.2km track, and plenty of lush trees and gazebos to set up your picnic rug. If you’ve got kids they’ll love the playground, which is a popular venue for kids’ birthday parties. And if you love ducks, you’ll adore this park – there’s plenty of friendly, feathered friends who are all too eager to come and say hello!
7. Hyde Park, Mt Lawley
Beautifully kept expansive gardens filled with walking paths, magnificent old trees and two lakes which are home to a variety of waterbirds, there’s a lot to love about this park! Sit on a bench or set up a picnic rug and watch the people go by. There’s plenty of shade, too, so you’ll stay cool even in summer. During the warmer months, it’s highly likely there’ll be a wedding or two here on any given day!
8. Woodbridge Riverside Park, Woodbridge
A favourite among locals for years, this little gem features an expansive playground and ample picnic facilities. It’s usually fairly busy so if you’re after a bustling and lively environment for your picnic, then this won’t disappoint. For bonus points, bring a kayak and have a paddle around the river after your picnic! You might even see a dolphin or two.
9. Whiteman Park, Whiteman
There’s plenty to do here, so you’ll want to plan a day trip! Bush walking trails, picnic shelters and even a water playground all lay within the huge grounds, and you’ll delight in wandering the beautiful grounds and discovering everything this park has to offer. There’s ample parking and a small food outlet with the standard fare, and the wildlife park is a must visit. This park does get fairly busy however with such large grounds, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot just to yourself.
10. Lake Leschenaultia, Mundaring
Well worth the 48 km drive from the Perth CBD! You’ll love the gardens and parkland areas and if you like an active picnic, why not hire a canoe too? There’s even a café that is open from 8am on weekdays. This spot gets quite busy, particularly during summer with families and weddings.
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