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16 September 2016

6 Awesome Spots to Take a Picnic Hamper in Perth


Spring in Perth, WA brings two fabulous things together — sunshine and picnics! Today we have listed what we consider to be some of Perth’s top picnic spots or just really cool places to take the family now that the weather is warming up. These great parks are located all around Perth including the CBD, Swan River localities, suburban parks and national parks.

So we suggest you grab a picnic hamper, pack up the car and head out for some fresh air and beautiful scenery that’ll definitely be Instagram photo worthy.

1. Kings Park – Along the Southern Escarpment (Inner City)

gourmet-traveller-picnic-basket-just-in-time-gourmet-perthNot only is Kings Park one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, showcasing an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora, but it is also a shimmering jewel offering a postcard view of the CBD and Swan River. You can drive through the park, walk through the gardens or picnic in one of the many beautiful picnic spots. Along the Southern Escarpment you can grab a spot which has a view out over the widest part of the Swan river – it can be truly breathtaking.

The stunning landscape offers untamed bushland, cultivated gardens and grassy lawns that are ideal for picnics. Enjoy a stroll, jog through bushland or attend an outdoor summer concert under the stars. You may also like to visit Rio Tinto Naturescape, climb the 101 steps of the spiralling DNA Tower for spectacular views and, of course, let the children have fun on one of the many excellent playgrounds.

*Further information about Kings Park can be found here.

Recommended hamper: With such amazing views, it’s only right to opt for our uber lush Gourmet Traveller picnic basket – just add meat, cheese and bread to top it off.

2. Rocky Pool – John Forrest National Park (Perth Hills)

the-smooth-operator-picnic-hamper-just-in-time-gourmet-perthThis little gem is a fabulous day out with bush walking tracks, old railways, babbling brooks and lots of lovely spots for a picnic. Several great swimming spots make this location ideal on warmer days. Springtime sees the waterfalls at their very best along with an abundance of luscious wildflowers and stunning Perth Hills rural scenery.

The cute wooden picnic houses, located near the old rail bridge and tavern mark the official picnic spot. However, if you wander up Jane Brook from Pechey Road on the western boundary of the park, you can picnic on a large flat rock right beside the water (Rocky Pool on maps).

National Park fees apply, but free parking is available on Pechey Road.

*Check out this helpful Rocky Pool – John Forrest National Park guide.

Recommended hamper: The Smooth Operator is perfect to take on a bush walk with that special someone.

3. Cottesloe Civic Centre Grounds (Western Suburbs)

fire-up-the-barbie-picnic-hamper-just-in-time-gourmet-perthShady jungle-like gardens and expansive multi-terraced sunny lawns make this one of Perth’s most treasured picnic spots — and surprisingly enough, not many people know about it making it a peaceful seaside hideaway in the middle of the suburbs. It’s quiet with lots of room to spread out. There are also barbeques, a stage, a gazebo, and a couple of playgrounds for the kids. Just perfect!

*For more information click here.

Recommended hamper: Our Fire Up The Barbie Tub is perfect accompaniment to a barbeque picnic and we are sure the quality German drinks tub will come in handy to keep things cool or even pack the kids toys in!

4. Maali Park – Herne Hill (Eastern Suburbs/Swan Valley)

picnic-cheese-knives-just-in-time-gourmet-perthTranquil, fragrant and a beautiful picnic spot right on the river’s edge describe Maali Park in Herne Hill. Picnic tables, numerous park benches, children’s modern playground equipment and the Maali Bridge serving both pedestrians and cyclists, make this park a family favourite for Perth locals and tourists alike.

Plus Sittella Wines is just up the road so stopping into the cellar door or The Nest wine bar for a wine tasting or glass of vino is a must when in the area.

*Here is more information about this great family park.

Recommended picnic product: Don’t get caught out without cheese knifes ever!

5. Point Walter in Bicton (Southern Suburbs)

wine-glass-picnic-sticks-just-in-time-gourmet-perthA beautiful large park located adjacent to the Swan River with a white sandy beach and shady trees is simply perfect for all your picnic needs. You can walk along the narrow sand spit and wade in the shallow waters — kids will love playing in the giant sand pit extending out into Freshwater Bay.

*Further information about Point Walter Park is here.

Recommended picnic product: Steady Sticks will keep your wine glass upright making sure no drop is wasted.

6. Herdsman Lakes (Northern Suburbs)

swing-into-spring-picnic-hamper-just-in-time-gourmet-perthSurrounded by suburbia and relatively close to Perth’s CBD is Herdsman Park, a large and delightfully peaceful nature reserve that is perfect for picnics, bike rides or just walking. Bursting with varied landscapes of lawns, horse paddocks, woodlands and wetlands, and teeming with birdlife, tortoises and dragon-flies; it’s hard to believe that you are in the middle of the city! For families there is a playground located in the north-west of the park, but there are also plenty of secluded spots that are ideal for a little bit of romance.

*Click here for more information about Herdsman Lakes Park.

Recommended hamper: Swing into Spring has to be the most perfect picnic basket for this time of year – the bag is full insulated and foldable plus it comes with an amazing array of goodies.

Everyone loves the laid-back atmosphere and delicious fare that goes with picnic dining, so be sure to indulge in some springtime fun and get to at least one of these terrific picnic spots soon. You’ll love it!

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