Who doesn’t love a trip to Whiteman Park? With its wide, open spaces and natural bushland, activities for families and wildlife wandering around, it’s long been a favourite space for Perth families. If you’ve never been to Whiteman Park, it should definitely be on your to-do list, especially if you have children. Here’s ten reasons to love Whiteman Park.
1. Free entry and free facilities!
Entry to Whiteman Park is free! This means you can wander the grounds during opening hours, enjoy a picnic or spot some wildlife wandering around. Here are just some of the free facilities.
Free use of the multi-sport court, which caters for basketball and tennis, plus use of the cricket oval – can also borrow bats and balls from the Visitors Information Centre.
Picnic shelters and BBQ facilities.
Mini water playground and children’s playground – see below for more details.
Orienteering – get out into the bush and explore! Whiteman Park has two permanent orienteering courses, a short course centred around the village area and an overall course that covers the village and mussel pool and areas in between. The Village Course Maps are available from the Whiteman Park Visitor Information Centre, or you can download it here.
The Children’s Forest is a place for all kids to enjoy, explore and learn about WA’s native bush. It’s free to enter – look for the giant marching ants, colourful birds, peeking possums, a life size Wedge-Tailed Eagle’s nest made of steel and the Forest’s ‘guardians’, the Boy of the Bush and his sister Fern. You can read more about the Children’s Forest here.
Image: Whiteman Park Facebook page
3. Pedal Play
Want a unique way to explore the Whiteman Park Village? Try pedal go-karting! Pedal Play has a wide range of go-karts available for hire and you can use the kart as an individual or as a family. With 14 kilometres of shared path available, there is lots to see and explore. The single junior go-karts are suitable for ages four and over, and the larger and two-seater go-karts with single or dual pedals are suitable for older children and adults. They even have a BERG Gran Tour four-seater, family go-kart. Hire is available all day Saturday and Sunday and every day on public holidays, plus 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays during winter. Hire fees start from $20.
Get yourself the perfect family portrait this year before the little ones grow up and cannot fit into that cute sailor suit anymore.
4. Shops, Art Gallery and Village Café
If you are seeking a truly unique gift, check out the Whiteman Park Village Shops. You’ll find:
The Handcraft Centre – sells a range of locally made crafts for sale every day including homemade produce, souvenirs, hand-painted glasswork, woodcraft and homemade jams and pickles.
The Print Shop – along with producing high-quality work using traditional machinery and methods, the Print Shop stocks a range of novelty items, printed souvenirs and stationery, as well as a wide range of postcards featuring Whiteman Park.
The Lolly Stop – stocks a huge range of local and international lollies, sweets, chocolates, fudge, lollipops, ice creams and cold drinks, plus some novelty gifts.
Village Art Gallery – the Gallery features original paintings, prints and commissions and is home to a collective of accredited and award-winning artists. You can take a look at the award-winning pieces on display, talk to the artists and purchase a unique piece of art to take home.
Village Café – the Village Cafe has dine in and takeaway options for breakfast and lunch, plus snacks and hot drinks. The Village Café can also organise catering options, ranging from Aussie BBQ packs you can cook yourself on park barbeques, to hot sit-down meals and carveries.
5. Mini Water playground and playground
Open every day from 10am to 5pm from October to end of the April School Holidays, the Mini water playground is the place to cool down. This 30cm-deep paddling pool has water sprouts and shade shelters. Don’t forget your bathers and swim nappies!
Image: Whiteman Park Facebook page
6. Caversham Wildlife Park
Caversham Wildlife Park is home to a whole heap of native wildlife that includes koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats, and there are even opportunities to get close to the animals! You can feed the kangaroos or have your picture taken with the koalas, or take part in one of the many interactive shows running at the park. Entry fees apply.
7. Heritage Tram Rides and Train Rides
Whiteman Park is the only place in Western Australia where you can ride on a genuine vintage electric tram and provides a regular service through the picnic areas and farmland. It operates between the Mussel Pool and the Village at half hourly intervals, plus additional times on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Fees apply.
You can also take a ride on the train – the Bennett Brook Railway operates steam and diesel trains over 6 kilometres through the Whiteman Park woodlands. Services are half hourly from the Village Junction Station and hourly from Mussel Pool on weekends and public holidays. During the week, take a scenic trip around the bushland loop, departing from the Village Junction Station on the hour on operating days. Fees apply.
Image: Whiteman Park Facebook page
8. Transport Heritage Museums
Whiteman Park is home to a number of museums, as listed below:
Plus, you can hop aboard the Whiteman Explorer, a beautifully restored, vintage bus providing free tours of Whiteman Park.
9. Dog park
Dogs on a leash are welcome in Whiteman Park, but in the 2.5 hectacre dog park, they are free to run and jump as they please! The dog park is completely fenced off and also contains an obstacle course designed especially in colours that the dogs can see! There is also lots of shade, multiple water points and over 500m of walk path within the enclosure. Small dogs under 10kg are also catered for, with a smaller, separate enclosure just for them. The park is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily, and is free to use, although donations to help support the ongoing maintenance of the facility, as well as RSPCA WA, are welcome.
10. Events throughout the year
Whiteman Park has a number of events taking place during the year, including school holiday fun, Nocturnal Woylie Walks, Pottery Workshops, plus Ashley and Friends in May and September – these special train friends resemble Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends! You can read more here.
Whiteman Park is a public space that all Perth families can enjoy. Pack a picnic and enjoy exploring the park and getting out in the fresh air all year round.
Essential information Whiteman Park
Address: Entry via Lord Street or Beechboro Road, Whiteman
Phone: 9209 6000
Opening hours: Open daily 8:30am to 6pm (Christmas Day 9am to 5pm – no attractions open)
Cost of entry: Free entry, although some attractions do incur a fee