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1. Lake Leschenaultia
Lake Leschenaultia (pictured) is the only designated
freshwater swimming spot within the metropolitan
area. Fringed with a number of white sandy
beaches, the water is easily accessible to all ages.
The 168ha reserve provides an ideal picnic site
-- with ample parking, shaded lawns, sheltered
tables, a playground, kiosk and cafe, canoe hire,
mountain bike trails and barbecues. Rosedale Road,
Chidlow, (08) 9572 4248, mundaring.wa.gov.au.
Entry fees apply.
2. Blackboy Ridge Park
This 64ha reserve in the Chittering Valley has
plentiful picnic tables, abundant shade and views
across the Brockman River flats, it is an idyllic
destination for a rural day trip. Chittering Road,
Chittering, (08) 9576 1100, chittering.iinet.net.au.
3. Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park is one of the state's six major
cave regions and oldest national parks. The serene
bushland is home to native fauna, including the
endangered Carnaby's black-cockatoo. The park
offers picnic shelters, free gas barbecues, informa-
tive walking trails, row boat hire, Aboriginal cul-
tural experiences, and daily tours of Crystal Cave.
Wanneroo Road, Yanchep, (08) 9561 1004, dec.
wa.gov.au. Entry fees apply.
4. Walyunga National Park
It is here that the Avon River becomes the Swan
-- you may even catch paddlers practising for the
annual Avon Descent. The 1800ha valley is cov-
ered with granite pools, dolerite outcrops, flooded
gums, wandoo, marri, paperbark and jarrah. The
park has two main picnic sites -- Walyunga Pool
and Boongarup Pool -- both with walking trails,
shaded picnic tables and free gas barbecues.
Walyunga Road, Upper Swan, (08) 9267 9267,
swan.wa.gov.au. Entry fees apply.
5. Penguin Island
Part of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Pen-
guin Island is a relaxed setting for a coastal picnic
-- complete with picnic tables, toilet facilities, calm
waters and shady lawns. Cruise past Seal Island,
swim with wild dolphins, snorkel in secluded bays,
explore reefs and caves, watch pelicans and migra-
tory waders, and -- of course -- visit penguins in the
discovery centre. Open between September and
June, the island is accessible from Mersey Point
by kayak, ferry or sandbar crossing. Mersey Point,
Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater, (08) 9592 5191,
6. Midgegoroo National Park
This 2500ha park in the Darling Range contains
protected old-growth jarrah and forms an important
water catchment area for the Canning Reservoir.
With plentiful shade, a perpetually flowing stream,
toilets and wood barbecues (BYO wood), it offers
a peaceful forest picnic nook. Bushwalking and
mountain biking trails. McNess Drive, Roleystone,
(08) 9295 2244, dec.wa.gov.au.
7. Serpentine National Park
Serpentine Falls is at the heart of this 4300ha park
set into the Darling Scarp. You can swim in rock-
rimmed pools, enjoy well-kept picnic grounds and
explore several trails. Baldwin's Bluff Nature Trail
leads to spectacular views from atop the escarp-
ment. Falls Road, Serpentine, (08) 9526 1209,
dec.wa.gov.au. Entry fees apply.
8. Lane Poole Reserve
Named after the State's first forest conservation-
ist, this 55,000ha reserve runs through an ancient
gorge of the Darling Scarp. Designated picnic
areas have tables, toilets and barbecues, with walk-
ing trails and lookouts nearby. Swim, canoe and
fish. Nanga Road, Dwellingup, (08) 9538 1078,
9. Yalgorup National Park
On the rim of Lake Clifton -- one of a chain
of coastal lakes that collectively form Yalgorup
National Park -- you can behold prehistoric
thrombolites. These mound-like formations were
built by oceanic micro-organisms that existed 600
million years ago. They are among the state's few
living fossils. There are tranquil picnic setting-
with panoramic views of the beaches, dunes and
Ramsar-protected wetlands. Walking trails with
observation decks allow you to roam unobtrusively
throughout the park. Old Coast Road, Mandurah,
(08) 9582 9333, dec.wa.gov.au.
10. Fred Jacoby Park
This lush park has tree species originating from
around the world. It features one of the largest liv-
ing English oaks in the state. A boardwalk enables
visitors to wander beneath the canopy of this
140-year-old heritage-listed tree while protecting
its roots from compaction. Has shaded tables, free
wood barbecues, toilet facilities, a playground and
walking trails. North Ledge Road, Mundaring,
(08) 9295 2244, dec.wa.gov.au.
Other top spots...
Bernard Park, Heaton Avenue, Northam, (08)
9622 2100, northam.wa.gov.au; Gwambygine
Park, Great Southern Highway, York, (08) 9641
the periphery of
Perth need not be
limited to Kings
Park, Whiteman Park
and Araluen; think
outside the square
of your picnic rug
and venture to these
secret, yet equally
text laura dubczek
secret picnic spots
in greater Perth
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