Activities & Itineraries

Throw Down A Rug At 10 Of The Best Picnic Spots In Perth

By Anna Franklyn
28th Apr 2020

A path in John Oldham Park lined by towering trees.

Picnic season might be on the way out, but when you've been spending 23 hours a day indoors, a bit of cool weather is not going to slow you down, is it?

Fire up the group chat (provided there are no more than nine of your friends in it) and start planning your next picnic.

These are the best picnic spots in Perth.

Kings Park

West Perth

Let’s be real, you can picnic just about anywhere in King’s Park and it’ll be great. But for your info, the Pines Picnic Area, Synergy Parkland, the Lotterywest Family Area and the Saw Avenue Picnic Area also have BBQs so you can cook yourself a little feast if your picnic hamper isn’t enough to satisfy you. Check out this handy map for all the details.

Perth city skyline as seen from Kings Park. There are two people sitting on the grass in the foreground looking out.

Walyunga National Park

Perth Hills

Just west of the Avon Valley, Walyunga National Park covers 1800 hectares of the Darling Range and it’s bloody beautiful, so if you can’t find somewhere to picnic in here we don’t know what to tell you. Make your way to Walyunga Pool, Boongarup Pool or Syd’s Rapids to enjoy your picnic by the water, then go for a wander and try to spot some wildlife.

John Oldham Park

Perth

Just outside of Kings Park off Mounts Bay Road, John Oldham Park is one of Perth's best-kept secrets with a beautiful waterfall, BBQ facilities and a few little walking trails so you can go for a very peaceful stroll after you finish your feast. It's no wonder this is one of our fave picnic spots in Perth.

Mrs Herberts Park

Claremont

Tucked away in Claremont, Mrs Herberts has some pretty impressive views overlooking the Swan River. There’s also a BBQ and a playground if you happen to have kids who need entertaining.

Mrs Herberts Park in Claremont, one of Perth's best picnic spots

Serpentine Falls

Serpentine

If you’re up for a bit of drive and you feel like making a day of your picnic, head to Serpentine Falls. Pack your bathers and have a dip, then tuck into your picnic goodies. If you’re feeling really ambitious you could do the 16.5km Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail which will definitely help you work up an appetite.

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe

While you could picnic at most spots along the coast in Perth, there’s something pretty special about finding a patch of grass atop Cottesloe beach and having a little glass of vino with some cheese while the sun goes down.

View looking out over Cottesloe Beach with people sitting on the grass and sand looking out over the beach

John Forrest National Park

Mundaring

About 40 minutes east of Perth, John Forrest National Park is home to a couple of pretty impressive waterfalls and plenty of rock pools. There is the main picnic area with tables and BBQs, but we recommend strolling a little further and finding yourself a secluded spot to really make the most of the park.

Heathcote Reserve

Applecross

Another suburb, another epic view of the Swan River. Heathcote Reserve is also especially good if you’ve got rugrats to entertain thanks to the playground. But even if you don’t have any kids (and don’t want to spend your day listening to them), walk just a little further and find yourself a sunny spot of grass overlooking the river.

A view over the river as seen from Heathcote Reserve in Applecross

Matilda Bay

Crawley

There’s something about the Matilda Bay foreshore that makes you want to crack open a bottle of Aperol and some prosecco and spritz the afternoon away, or is that just me? In the name of drinking responsibly, you should probably also pack a picnic.

Lesmurdie Falls National Park

Lesmurdie

Part of the Darling Ranges, Lesmurdie Falls is a pretty speccy spot for a picnic. It’s a short walk to the viewing platform at the top of the falls where you can see all the way out to Rottnest on a clear day (just remember to wear your walking shoes unless you’ve got very rugged feet). Once you’ve had a stroll it’s time to decide where to unpack that picnic. There’s a picnic area with BBQs, but we think you should find a secret spot and really relax for a while.

No picnic is complete without food, but if your BBQ skills are a little rusty hit up Perth's BBQ School in Maylands to brush up on your technique. 

Image credit: Louise Coghill at Cottesloe Beach, Elle Borgward at Heathcote Reserve, John Oldham Park and Mrs Herbert's Park, Nancy Hanna at Kings Park

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