Today on Rediscovering My Style I am talking about something different. I wanted to share with you one of my favourite places where I live in Perth, Western Australia; the beautiful Araluen Botanic Park. If you are ever in Perth, and love parks and gardens, you definitely need to put Araluen on your “to see” list – it is such a beautiful, tranquil park. I went there recently with my husband and daughter during Araluen’s annual Tulip festival – we had missed out on it last year, as Tulips only flower for a limited period of time. So this year I wanted to make sure we didn’t miss out, as I really love Tulips.
About Araluen Botanic Park
Araluen is situated in Roleystone (just under one hours drive outside the city of Perth), set on 59 hectares in a sheltered valley. The creeks that run through this valley create a cool, moist climate, where tall Eucalyptus, Marri and Blackbutt Trees grow in abundance. As well as beautiful Tulips, the park also grows Roses, Camellias, Magnolias, and many other flowers too. There are lots of different areas to explore within the park, including a lovely Conifer area, Rose gardens, an old swimming pool (currently serving home to koi fish), old chalets and pergolas, and the central War memorial. There is no shortage of running water anywhere in the park, with streams, and waterfalls running throughout. The name, Araluen, is an Aboriginal name meaning “running water”, “singing Water” or “place of lilies”, given to the valley by the founder of the park J.J. “Boss” Simons.
Entry Fees and Opening Times
Entry into the park is very affordable at $10 AUD for adults and $5 AUD for children – although during events the prices do go up. The park is open every day of the year (except Christmas Day), from 9 am to 6 pm through August to April, and 9 am to 5 pm through May to July. For food, Araluen has a chalet cafe open every day, as well as BBQ facilities (during the Tulip festival there was plenty of food trucks around). With lots of picnic spots dotted throughout the park, and resting benches too, you will find the perfect spot to enjoy Araluen.
For the Tulip festival, a massive 145,000 Tulips bulbs were planted throughout the park, and if you love Tulips as much as me you will not be disappointed. Although the day we went the park it was very busy (the busiest I have ever seen it), there was an abundance of Tulips for all to enjoy – it really was a stunning display everywhere we turned.
Header photo courtesy of my beautiful daughter, Chloe (softoctobernight)