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It's Park Week! Check out the city's best parks

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Parks Week is kicking off this weekend and it’s all about celebrating the positive influence parks and open spaces have on thriving communities.

To share in the Parks Week spirit, we’ve curated a list of Perth’s parks that are best suited to you!

If you’re a nature lover, looking for somewhere the kids will have a blast, prefer to be by the water or are after a place to tire the doggos out, the City of Perth has something for everyone! 

Family fun

John Oldham Park | CBD

Accessible via Mounts Bay Road, John Oldham features walking and cycling paths, park benches, barbeque facilities, a waterfall, playgrounds, and a big slide. 

The ultimate hub for family fun, you can catch glimpses of the city through the tall trees as you make your way through the wilderness of the reserve.

A great spot for relaxed gatherings, John Oldham is easily a crowd favourite for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Fur baby favourite

Ozone Reserve | CBD

This spot is sure to have tails wagging.

Surrounded by Lake Vasto, Ozone Reserve is the perfect place for social gatherings and events. 
The reserve has all the facilities you need for a day at the park, including an undercover area, a playground, and barbecues, but that’s not all! Its Dog Agility Park is a sure hit for your four-legged family members.

Suitable for dogs of all sizes, the park features jump bars, weave poles, a pyramid ramp, a dog walk and a dog resting podium. 

At Ozone Reserve, you’ll be battling puppy dog eyes when it’s time to head home. 

For the littlies 

Totterdell Park | West Perth

You’ll find this charming inner-city park nestled away in West Perth. 

With the perfect mix of grass, trees and shrubbery, there’s ample space for kids to kick a footy or throw down a picnic rug and enjoy the fresh air. 

The soft fall play area makes this park ideal for little ones. With a large metal playframe featuring slides, climbing nets, ramps, monkey bars, a see-saw and a climbing wall, the kids will have a ball.

Make your way to Totterdell Park in the afternoon to enjoy the shade of the surrounding trees. 

We have a feeling your first visit definitely won’t be your last. 

A bit of history

Stirling Gardens | CBD

Officially opened in 1845 Stirling Gardens are the oldest botanical gardens in Perth. 

The gardens were first used by colonial botanist James Drummond as an acclimatisation garden in the 1830s to raise specimens from seeds.

Located in the heart of the CBD, the park now offers meandering pathways, beautiful shade, manicured lawns and an extensive range of plants and trees.

The unique sculptures scattered throughout the grounds - including the iconic kangaroos along the northern boundary, make Stirling Gardens the most recognizable and most photographed park in Perth. 

It’s the perfect place to relax amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, a spot you just have to tick off your Perth to-do list.

For the explorer

Point Fraser | East Perth

Truly a hidden gem, Perth’s Point Fraser is worth seeking out. 

Situated on the brim of the Swan River you’ll find a series of pathways and boardwalks with signage detailing the environmental, historical and cultural trails.

If you have the kids in tow, they’ll be delighted by the variety of play equipment here including swings, balance beams, a steep slide, a climbing wall and climbing nets.

As you follow the walking trails you can observe the array of wildlife that call the vast wetlands home. 

Point Fraser ticks all the boxes!

Date night - no brainer!

Kings Park | West Perth

We saved the best for last but, it needs no introduction; Kings Park is one of Perth’s most iconic locations. 

One of the world’s largest inner-city parks, with breathtaking, panoramic views of the city skyline, Darling Ranges, and the Swan and Canning Rivers, you could rock up empty-handed and still have a nice time. 

Home to the spectacular Western Australia Botanic Garden which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora you are in for a treat at Kings Park. 

There are plenty of things to do here. You can join a tour, catch a flick at the outdoor cinema, or grab a bite to eat just to name a few things. 

After you’ve done the rounds, we recommend parking up on a rug indulging in a picnic spread and taking in the beauty of Perth at Kings Park.

Perth is a thriving city and as soon as you’ve spent some time here, you'll realise there are so many wonderful open spaces just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. 

View our interactive online map to find the perfect park, garden or reserve for you to explore.