Best Picnic Spots in Perth

The season for picnicking is here and in full swing! Now, it’s time to make the family group chat, pick up your favourite drinks, and pack some classic picnic nibbles to enjoy a chilled day at the park. After all, there are very few things in life as wholeheartedly and universally loved as a good old picnic.

It is the perfect way to relax, enjoy some great food, and bond with the people you love while being surrounded by nature. It is also a super affordable way to hang out by bringing your own snacks, drinks, friends, and picking an idyllic location. When you live in a city like Perth, there are few things better than the gorgeous locations listed below.

This makes picnicking a true delight.

Pick your favourite location from the list below, grab your favourite picnic blanket, and head on down to dine amongst nature! Let’s go!

 

The Best Perth Picnic Spots

John Oldham Park

Perth

Sitting just off Mounts Bay Road only minutes away from Kings Park, you will find the picturesque John Oldham Park. As one of Perth’s best-kept secrets, you will enjoy stepping into a whole new world here. Here, you will find things such as BBQ facilities, a stunning waterfall, and even some little walking trails.

This makes it a super family-friendly destination where you can grab a snack and then head on a little sightseeing walk.

John Oldham Park

Mrs Herbert’s Park

Claremont

Hidden away in Claremont, you can find the truly impressive views from Mrs Herbert’s Park that overlooks the entire Swan River. You can even find a playground and barbecue on-site if you have a family that needs both food and entertainment.

Mrs Herbert's Park

Serpentine Falls

Serpentine

If you fancy a little bit of a drive with your family, you should make a day of your picnic by heading to the stunning Serpentine Falls in the Serpentine National Park. Take a picnic basket to enjoy after your swim, just make sure to pack your bathers! If you feel like making a day of it, head out on the many grassy walk trails nearby to work up an appetite before you settle for lunch and a swim.

Is there really a better way to enjoy your time?

serpentine national park

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe

There are spots at pretty much every single place along the coast to stop and enjoy a picnic. However, if you’re looking for a real, enchanting, and one-of-a-kind picnic experience, make sure you find a patch of grass at Cottesloe Beach. Here, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine while the kids play, and the sun goes down.

Pack your best picnic basket and enjoy a day out in the sun with sand and grass under your toes. It is the perfect place to bide your time. In fact, it is one of the best picnic spots Perth. Just pack a picnic and go!

cottesloe beach playground

John Forrest National Park

Mundaring

If you don’t mind going on a bit of a drive, you could head roughly 40 minutes outside of Perth to the east. This is where you will find the John Forrest National Park. It has some pretty insane and impressive waterfalls, a great amount of rock pools, and many natural sights and delights.

The main picnic area is full of BBQs and tables for you to spread out on. However, if you’d prefer to enjoy a spot outside of the chaos, you can stroll only a little bit further and enjoy the park to the max. It is in the secluded areas that this location truly shines.

John Forrest National Park

Heathcote Reserve

Applecross

If you’re looking for an absolutely insane view of the Swan River, you just have to check out the Heathcote Reserve when looking for a location for your next picnic! If you’re travelling with kids, this location is perfect as there is a huge playground there for kids to play on and they can entertain themselves. 

Even if you don’t have kids coming along with you, you can walk just a little bit further and find a beautiful sunny spot on the grass overlooking the river. It is the perfect place for couples or the whole family.

Matilda Bay

Crawley

The Matilda Bay foreshore is the perfect place to open up a bottle of champagne and crack some cans of soda for the kids while you snack on cheese and laze away your afternoon. Matilda Bay is absolutely enchanting and people from all over WA go to Matilda Bay just to enjoy the view with some food and drinks!

 

Lesmurdie Falls National Park

Lesmurdie

Lesmurdie Falls is the ideal place to enjoy a lovely picnic with your family. As part of the Darling Ranges, you will find plenty of sights and delights here. You can take a short walk around to the viewing platform at the very top of the falls where you will even be able to see all the way out to Rottnest on a nice clear day.

Once you’ve finished going for a nice walk, head back down to the picnic area and unpack your delicious picnic! The picnic area with BBQs is ideal. Though, if you’d prefer to stay away from people, you should find a secluded spot in the area and take some time to truly relax and lay back.

Lesmurdie Falls

Kings Park

West Perth

Kings Park is the perfect place to lay out a blanket, open up your picnic basket, pop a bottle of champagne, and enjoy the view. You can picnic practically anywhere in Kings Park as the area really is that expansive! If you’re looking for the very best spots, try out Synergy Parkland, Pines Picnic Area, the Lotterywest Family Area, and even the Saw Avenue Picnic area as all these places have BBQs. 

If your hamper isn’t enough, the BBQs are the perfect place to cook up a little feast. Kings Park also has a café on-site if you need something a little extra. Until you visit, you will never truly know how amazing Kings Park is as photos on the internet just don’t do it justice.

Kings Park - Top 10 Things to do in Kings Park

Hyde Park

Highgate

Situated very close to the beautiful and famous Chu Bakery, Hyde Park is the ideal place for you to enjoy summertime picnics. You can either pack your own picnic or choose to head on down to Chu Bakery and take your treats to Hyde Park. At its centre, Hyde Park has a beautiful lake with plenty of shady trees to keep you out of the blaring sun.

You can also find the toilets nearby. There is plenty of space in Hyde Park for you to lay your rug down and enjoy some time out in the fresh air. There is also play equipment nearby and a nice little water playground down one end if you are travelling with a young family. 

This picnic spot is a favourite for many locals and travellers alike.

Hyde Park Water Playground

South Perth Foreshore

South Perth

If you enjoy chilling right on the riverside while basking in the glorious view of the city skyline, you have to head to the South Perth Foreshore. It is an absolute no-brainer to set down your picnic rug and enjoy some good times with the family here. There are plenty of parks for you to choose from as you wander along the strip so you can find the perfect space at any time.

If you want to enjoy the riverside at the best time, make sure you head there around sunset to settle in and soak up the glow of the golden hour.

Coode Street Jetty Walk, South Perth

Walyunga National Park

Perth Hills

If you head just to the west of the Avon Valley, Walyunga National Park. It spreads over 1800 hectares of the Darling Range and is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the entirety of WA. If you can’t find somewhere in this beautiful piece of the world to picnic, we will be greatly shocked!

Check out Boongarup Pool, Walyunga Pool, or Syd’s Rapids if you’re interested in enjoying a picnic right alongside the water. After your picnic, you can head out and do some wildlife spotting!

Queen’s Gardens

East Perth

The amazing Queen’s Gardens in East Perth is a location you will never want to miss. It is a stunning and picturesque open space with stunning lakes full of waterlilies and flowers as far as the eye can see. You can relax upon gorgeous, manicured lawns, endless trees, undercover gazebos, and so much more.

Finding a beautiful picnic spot is easier than ever before when you visit the amazing Queen’s Gardens. The garden also plays home to a stunning replica of the park bench from the movie Notting Hill. Make sure you spend some time just wandering around to truly get the best out of your day here.

 

Stirling Gardens

Perth

Stirling Civic Gardens is one of the oldest gardens in the whole City of Perth. In 1845, it officially opened as Perth’s very first botanical garden, and it has since grown into a very popular and enchanting place within the city. Many people go here to escape the hustle and bustle of Perth City.

When seeking a quiet place to relax, head to Stirling Gardens to reflect and relax. You can also check out the Kangaroo Sculptures, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and the creations of May Gibbs, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. It is one of Perth’s most interesting and creative picnic destinations.

Stirling Civic Gardens Park

Harold Boas Gardens

West Perth

If you’re looking for a true inner-city oasis, you have to check out the well-loved Harold Boas Gardens. This garden offers the workers of West Perth a massive dose of calm and peace when they visit. This gorgeous garden features a waterfall, a serene lake, a rock cascade, and plenty of amazing, grassed areas and park benches.

Better yet, the trees here date all the way back to 1900. They are important pieces of history while also being gorgeously enormous. This is why the shady spots in Harold Boas Gardens are so nice!

Harold Boas Gardens, West Perth

If you’re planning to enjoy a picnic in Perth anytime soon, make sure you check out the places above! These places are enchanting, beautiful, and fun for the whole family. Once you’ve visited, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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About Nikita Hillier

Nikita is a business owner based in the southwest of Western Australia. She owns two businesses, a professional writing business (NHW) and mental health brand (Self-Centred) that she has built from the ground up. Outside of her work life, Nikita enjoys spending time with her animals and studying.

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