Find the perfect picnic spot in Perth City
For those of us who are not beach lovers, a classic grassy picnic might be a common activity to enjoy with the family or some friends.
Perth combines a busy CBD with many green places to stop and relax which is very unusual to me.
Having lived in Melbourne previously, I really noticed the vast amount of parks and green areas in Perth.
Our CBD is the perfect place to seek out patches of green to picnic in – here are some of my favourites.
My favourite place for a picnic has to be Kings Park.
If you plan to enjoy a picnic on the grounds, don’t forget to explore the beautiful features of the park including the walking trails, city look out at the State War Memorial and the elevated walkways.
Kings Park is easily the biggest and busiest of all of the parks but with the winding walking trails and city views, you could spend the entire day here.
This area is part of Synergy Parkland and probably one of the best picnic areas for families, as there is a great playground for the kids to burn off energy.
The park also hosts the Perth Moonlight Cinema which runs throughout the summer – another opportunity to pack the picnic basket as cinema goers can bring their own food and drinks.
Saw Avenue Picnic Park is close to Synergy Parkland and is definitely the quieter of the two parks. There is a car park very close to the picnic and BBQ area which is rather convenient.
As well as an excellent climbing frame for the kids to enjoy, there is a vast green area to set up a ball game or simply relax.
Location: Fraser Avenue, Perth
Situated right in the centre of Northbridge, this small grassy area is definitely a great city picnic area.
There are often bright bean bags or deck chairs scattered across the green and if you are lucky, you might catch a screening of a free movie if you visit during the year, or live events from around the world.
Northbridge Piazza is the perfect spot to relax and observe people filling the streets on their way to one of the many bars or eateries in the area. Why not get out in the sunshine and bring your own picnic.
Location: Corner James & Lake Streets, Northbridge
Stirling Gardens is another beautiful place to explore in the city centre and is noted as the oldest of Perth’s public gardens.
There is ample parking close by the park, or arrive by Cat bus. The park is very suitable for all kinds of picnics – from family gatherings to a romantic rendezvous.
The park displays a stunning water feature and kangaroo sculptures.
As well as beautiful sculptures, Stirling Gardens is awash with colour from the many well-kept flowerbeds.
Location: Corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace, Perth
Victoria Gardens is one of Perth’s newest parks and a central piece of the Claisebrook Cove Village area.
These gardens are becoming more and more popular every time I visit.
On a few occasions, I have also been witness to wedding photographs being taken amongst other get together and birthday parties.
Between the large green spaces, big sheltering trees and aboriginal art works, Victoria Gardens is a peaceful and serene place to enjoy a picnic.
There are suitably placed BBQ facilities and gazebos to provide more shade if you fancy cooking up a feast.
Location: End of Royal Street, East Perth
Harold Boas Gardens
If you are after a quiet and serene park to set up a quiet or romantic picnic, Harold Boas Gardens is one to consider.
It was constructed in the late 1800s and was refurbished in early 2015 to be the park it is today.
It is extremely well sheltered by beautiful tall leafy trees serving as a canopy and the greenery doesn’t stop there.
There is a tranquil water feature centrally located in the park providing a calm running water noise throughout this quiet park.
This post was first published at Visit Perth City