If you haven’t been to Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone, spring into action because September is possibly the best time of year to visit.
While the park is simply lovely all year round, September marks the start of wildflower season. You can wander the park and take in the native and exotic wildflowers in all their glory as they begin to bloom and cover the park.
This gorgeous park is a lovely place for a family outing.
Araluen is home to the Tulip Festival, which runs from August 20 to September 18, which is when the tulips are in full bloom. Throughout the park there are lots of brightly coloured tulip displays in a spectrum of colour, from red and yellow, pink and white, red, coral…they really are quite an amazing sight.
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Roses are also in abundance, and you can find hyacinths dotted within the tulips, although these are coming closer to the end of their life. There are daffodils, wisteria and magnolia that covers parts of the park at the height of spring.
The tulips are quite spectacular.
We explored the park for several hours, and there are various rocky points, steps to climb and some very steep hills to conquer – which is even harder when you are pushing a pram around.
If you’re not up for walking too far or aren’t able to, the Araluen Train will be your best mode of transport. It runs during peak times and there is a fee to board. It will take you to the best parts of the park and the driver provides running commentary along the way. There did not appear to be anywhere to store a pram while on the train.
All aboard the Araluen Train.
The park has barbeque facilities and picnic areas and tables, including a large, shaded pergola with picnic tables that overlooks the amphitheatre. On the day we visited, Perth-based singer Jay Weston was entertaining the crowd at the amphitheatre with some classical music.
If you like to buy your lunch, Chalet Healy Café is open from 10am for morning tea and lunch. They sell hot beverages, cakes, biscuits and slices, and have a lunch menu available until 2:30pm. They do not offer takeaway coffee, but the park has a coffee van down by the gift shop which sells takeaway teas and coffees.
Enjoy some entertainment at Araluen.
There is a $15 entry fee to the park, and $7 for kids. You can buy family passes for two adults and up to six children aged from six to 15 years for $40. If you have a concession card, you can enter the park for $8 ($4 for kids) every Tuesday. Kids under six are free.
Araluen Botanic Park is a lovely place to spend a day with family or friends and view some of Western Australia’s most captivating native flora.