Perth’s best picnic spots: hidden gems and inner-city favourites

Perth’s best picnic spots: hidden gems and inner-city favourites

There is no better city in the world to picnic in than our beloved hometown.

With 300 days of sunshine a year and an abundance of gorgeous parklands, it’s all too easy to bundle up a blanket and a basket and head to your favourite spot.

But what about when you feel like venturing further afield than your old faithful?

You might also like:
Perth’s best playgrounds 
Perth’s best coffee
Perth’s best pizza 

Everybody knows Kings Park is a great spot, but what about the hidden gems?

Thankfully, our journalists are flung far and wide across the metropolitan area, and are all too happy to share with you their very favourite spots for alfresco dining.

(click the names for Google Map directions)

14. John Forrest National Park, Hovea

One of Australia’s oldest conservation areas and WA’s first national park, the visitor area contains barbecue and picnic facilities and cultivated gardens of native plants. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and is home to a variety of plant communities and wildlife.

13. Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup

Right next to Lake Joondalup, this has been a favourite of northeners for years. The park contains a small grassy field surrounded by a pathway, either leading to the jetty, the picnic area, or a natural area part of Yellagonga Regional Park. The park also has a playground near the main picnic area, so the kids will be well entertained.

12. Deep Water Point Reserve, Mt Pleasant

Just bring something to throw on the barbecue and you’ve got yourself an easy picnic at this scenic spot along the Swan. There are plenty of shady spots near the boat ramp on the lawn and beach. For the ultra-lazy, there are picnic tables scattered around as well as a café and a number of food trucks serving good coffee, waffles and ice-cream, and other delights.

11. North Dandalup Dam, Whittaker

Located 33km east of Mandurah, its attractive setting on the North Dandalup River in the southern reaches of the Darling Range makes this dam a very popular destination. The grassed area next to the lake is ideal for picnics, with free gas barbecues, toilets and ample parking available.

10.Wireless Hill Park, Ardross

Wireless Hill Park has picnic areas, ample parking and extensive walking trails throughout the bushland, making it a popular destination for families and community groups for walking, bird watching and photography.

9. Tom Simpson Park, Mullaloo

This public open space is situated right next to the beach, and has toilet and parking facilities, barbecues, picnic tables, gazebos and benches. It’s also – in a stroke of brilliance – directly opposite the Mullaloo Beach Hotel, should you feel like a post-picnic beverage.

8. Green Place Reserve, Mosman Park

A tiny, former terrace garden on the banks of the Swan River, Green Place Reserve is used for weddings these days. Thankfully sheltered from the wind, its a little light on for facilities but heavy on romance.

Photo: Wedding Day Flair

7. Yanchep National Park

BYO or make use of one of the many free barbecues overlooking the lake or nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands. Stroll along the 240-metre koala boardwalk to view kangaroos aplenty in their natural habitat.

6. Clarko Reserve, Trigg

Located at Trigg Beach, Clarko Reserve has a playground, shelters and free BBQ’s. It’s a wonderful place to watch the sunset on a balmy summer’s evening.


5. Lesmurdie Falls National Park, Lesmurdie

Stunning views over the Swan Coastal Plain are available from lookout platforms which are a short walk from the picnic area on Falls Road. There is a large car park, three large picnic tables with shade, toilet facilities and rubbish bins. The park is especially popular in spring when the falls are flowing and wildflowers are on display.

4. Hyde Park, Perth

A little oasis on the City’s fringe, Hyde Park has been a picnic favourite for as long as anyone can remember.

3. Russell Brown Adventure Park, Mosman Park

There’s kids playground, BBQs, public toilets, grass and shaded areas, pond and …wait for it… ducks. The perfect place to while away a morning or afternoon.

Photo: Kids Around Perth

2. Bells Rapids, Swan Valley

Better known as a top vantage point during the Avon Descent, this is a great spot to sit back with a good book and packed lunch for those who want a little time out with nature. Upgrade the experience by picking up a takeaway cheese board from The Cheese Barrel on the Great Northern Highway in Millendon on the way.

1. Point Walter Reserve, Attadale

A family favourite forever, Point Walter takes top spot on our list of Perth’s best picnic spots. It features everything you could possibly need, all with a stunning view of the Swan River.