Who doesn’t love a picnic in Perth? With some of the prettiest scenery and locations to choose from, Perth people are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to picnic destinations. When you have a baby, however, the choices are quite so simple. There’s now so many things to think about – will the park have shaded areas? Are there change facilities? What about coffee close by? Suddenly, having a picnic isn’t quite so simple. Luckily, Perth Mums Group has put together a list of some of the most baby-friendly spots for a picnic in Perth.
Maylands Peninsula Address: Johnson Road, Maylands
The Maylands Peninsula is located on the Swan River’s northern banks and is a lovely public spaces where you can sit for a picnic. There is coffee and change facilities available at the nearby Peninsula Gardens. Some parts of the river bank are steep, so you’ll need to keep an eye on older kids, but for immobile babies it’s a perfect picnic spot.
Hyde Park, Perth Address: Vincent and William Streets, Perth
Hyde Park is not only close to the Perth CBD, but it is also close to the coffee and café hub of Beaufort Street. This beautiful inner city park is shaded by giant trees, and has public toilets, picnic and barbeque facilities, plus well-kept lawns to park yourself with the picnic rug. There is a water play and two playgrounds to keep older kids amused.
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Kings Park, Perth Address: Fraser Avenue, Perth
Kings Park is a positively baby-friendly place for a picnic. It is home to a café, change facilities, heaps of space for the picnic rug, plenty of shaded areas and a couple of playgrounds. If you plan to walk up from the city with the pram, just be aware there is a big hill to climb, but luckily there are regular buses running to and from Kings Park from the CBD. For something different, you can also catch the Perth Explorer Bus – you can even take your pram on board!
Kings Park, Perth.
Volcano Playground at Faulkner Park, Belmont Address: Progress Way, Belmont (in the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre complex.
Volcano Park in Belmont is great for babies and toddlers, with an undercover toddler playground, shady areas, barbeques and a café and change facilities close by at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre.
Volcano Playground, Belmont
Rockingham Foreshore Address: Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham
If you’re looking for somewhere that is close to the beach, has heaps of shade, easy walking paths, change facilities, is close to cafes and has more than one playground (try five of six!) Rockingham Foreshore is the place to go.
Bibra Lake Regional Playground Address: Bibra Drive, Bibra Lake.
With so many different things to do, Bibra Lake Regional Playground is one of the best playgrounds south of the river. It boasts water play, shady spots, a flying fox, talking rocks and plenty of space for families to enjoy a barbeque, plus toilets and change areas. Coffee and snacks are available at the nearby Cockburn Ice Arena’s Frostbite Café.
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Kwinana Adventure Playground Address: Walgreen Avenue, Calista.
Kwinana Adventure Playground is a haven for kids of all ages and a great place for a baby-friendly picnic. With undercover picnic tables, barbeque facilities, water play and dedicated baby change facilities, this brand new playground is worth a visit. There are coffee spots close by at the Kwinana Marketplace, including a drive thru coffee service.
Kwinana Adventure Park
Port Coogee Address: Medina Parade, Coogee
Take your baby and a picnic rug down the Port Coogee and relax by the water. There’s a Dome Café close to the picnic area, picnic tables, water play, toilets and barbeques.
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross Address: 58 Duncraig Avenue, Applecross
Heathcote Reserve is home to a magnificent pirate ship playground, making it a popular spot for families. It doesn’t boast as much shade as some of the other parks, but it does have baby change facilities, picnic tables and barbeques, a café and takeaway kiosk and a toddler playground, plus of course, some of the best views of Perth and the Swan River.
Cockburn Central Address: Midgegooroo Avenue, Cockburn Central
In the heart of Cockburn Central is the Cockburn Splash pad, a great undercover area with water play that’s perfect for a picnic. There is a café onsite, toilets and change facilities available at the Cockburn Central train station.
Point Walter Address: Honour Avenue, Bicton
Point Walter is a public space located on the banks of the Swan River and has little pockets of shallow water for the little ones to paddle in. There’s a café with a takeaway kiosk, various picnic areas, barbecues, change facilities, lots of shade and two playgrounds.
Esplanade Park, Fremantle Address: Marine Terrace, Fremantle.
This gorgeous park in Fremantle is in close proximity to cafes, including the Carriage Café, has heaps of shaded areas, baby change facilities, water fountains, a shaded playground and a skate park. It’s a great spot to roll out the picnic rug and enjoy a morning out with your baby.
South Beach, South Fremantle Address: Ocean Drive, South Fremantle.
South Beach has it all - lovely shaded areas, a cafe, change facilities and a playground. It even has a dedicated dog beach in case you want to take your fur baby for a picnic.
Coogee Beach Reserve, Coogee Address: Powell Road, Coogee.
Coogee Beach Reserve is a public space right next to Coogee Beach that features a playground, undercover picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and change facilities and of course - a cafe.
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