John Forrest National Park is a short 30-minute drive from the Perth CBD and is one of our favourite day trip locations with beautiful waterfalls and walking trails to enjoy.
As part of the 2023-24 State Budget, the government has allocated an additional $6.3 million to further improve the national park and visitor experiences, bringing the total investment to over $17 million.
Environment Minister Reece Whitby commented, “John Forrest National Park is a hidden gem in the Perth Hills. This redevelopment will attract tourists to the area and ensure this natural asset continues to be a must-visit destination.”
The first phase of the redevelopment is already underway, focusing on creating a state-of-the-art day-use area. The new day-use area will create accessible picnic and barbecue facilities, landscaped gardens, and pathways that will eventually lead to a stunning café and function space. The $500,000 project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“This is an exciting project for such a popular destination. The day use area will be the perfect spot for a picnic or barbeque, that the entire community can enjoy,” said Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.
A new $1.1 million access road will also be constructed, providing elevated views of John Forrest National Park and connecting to a new parking area nestled within the park’s natural landscape.
To facilitate the transformation, the West Ridge car park will be the next project to be implemented. From August, Scenic Drive will be temporarily closed to visitors, and park entry will be accessible through the main Park Road entrance during the construction phase.
“John Forrest National Park is a major drawcard with more than 130,000 visits every year. These upgrades and improved facilities will enhance the recreational opportunities available right on our doorstep,” added Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.