Perth is a simply stunning city and as soon as you’ve spent some time here you'll realise it’s full of wonderful open spaces just waiting to be discovered.

Whether you’re exploring the wildflowers in Kings Park or sitting amongst the botanicals in the Queen’s Gardens watching the world go by, you’ll find plenty of parks for just about any recreation or activity.

For City of Perth Parks Operations Coordinator Blake Humble, most working days are spent supporting the maintenance activities across 106 hectares of the City’s parklands and he wouldn’t want it any other way.  

“Working within the natural environment, priorities can change hour to hour. I could be working with staff to plan our maintenance programs, reviewing irrigation scheduling and water budgets or responding to a fallen tree. The variety in my role is one of my pleasures,” he said.

“Seeing the extra attention to detail from our Parks team really creates a sense of pride in me.”

When Blake isn’t working there’s certain open spaces he likes to explore, like Heirisson Island (Matagarup).

You can take in the view to the north and see the Matagarup Bridge and Perth Stadium or the view to the west of the city skyline and Kings Park.”

Culturally significant to Perth’s Whadjuk Nyoongar people, Matagarup Island provides an oasis in the middle of Perth’s CBD where visitors can spot kangaroos and native flora aplenty. 

If you look closely, you might be able to see the Saltbush Blue butterfly which calls the saltmarsh home.

On his adventures throughout the City of Perth’s parks, Blake is no stranger to discovery and has come across many secret spots and fast facts along the way.

In celebration of Parks Week 2020, we have decided to share some for readers to discover: