Saturday, September 7, 2013

Out and about in Perth (#4) - Whiteman Park and Araluen revisited

We have had a few outings in the Perth area recently. Last Sunday was our one year wedding anniversary (thanks for all the congratulations!) but it was also Father's Day. During the day, we visited Whiteman Park with family.

Whiteman Park: It's big enough to have tram and train lines within it.

I hadn't been to Whiteman Park since I was a child, and I had forgotten how big it is. There are picnic areas, walk trails, bush land, playgrounds, and railway/transport features spanning 7000 hectares in total. The railway and transport features stem from the Park being home to much Western Australian transport heritage. There is a motor museum, a tractor museum, a tram around the grounds, and a railway around the grounds. 

As it's the start of Spring here, the Park also provided us with some baby ducklings (very little, and very cute) to admire after we'd finished our picnic lunch.

All together now...awww.

Some of the amenities within Whiteman Park (like the train, tram and museums) things have associated costs, but the park itself is free. It's only about 30 minutes north of the city centre, so it's a great resource and there were plenty of families about on Father's Day.


Today, we then extended our anniversary by re-visiting Araluen Botanic Park, which is where we were married last year. Araluen is beautiful year round but in September, it is tulip season. 

Araluen tulips

Stunning, aren't they? I wish I could craft a garden like that, even if the flowers were only in season for a short time each year!

We admired the tulips, and then the area we had our ceremony last year...



...as well as the set up for another couple, who were exchanging their own vows today.

The wedding itself was set up off to the left, but it seemed a little inappropriate to photograph it.

Playing to a modest crowd, there was even a band in one corner of the park. We never did work out why, or for what occasion, but we enjoyed listening to their pieces as we wandered around.



In all, we decided we'd chosen our wedding venue well. And if you're ever in Perth, I recommend both Whiteman Park and Araluen for your outdoor entertainment!



Previous 'out and about in Perth' posts can be found herehere and here.

17 comments:

  1. Awww for the ducks and a bigger awww for revisiting your wedding venue. How beautiful is that place!

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    1. Thanks Maureen :-) It really is pretty amazing!

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  2. I agree with Maureen :-)
    and what is it about little baby ducks, er ducklings that makes you go...oh cuuuute! They really are little balls of lovely fluff.

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    1. I think it's ingrained biologically - we like small things so we procreate and make them ;) Not quite sure why we love ducklings so much under that theory, but I figure we can only accept it and go with the oh cuuuuute response!

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  3. It is nice to be able to visit where you got married - especially as your venue seems such a lovely place for a walk and the flowers look gorgeous

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    1. It's fairly amazing at this time of year. They go all out with tulips, that is for sure!

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  4. Nice try, but now that Abbott's in, I'm even less interested in coming back anytime soon.

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    1. It's Queensland you really need to watch out for...they have Bob Katter and Clive Palmer...

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  5. I love the baby ducklings and the tulips are just stunning. It sure looks like Spring has sprung early in WA xx

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    1. It certainly seems to have done so!

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  6. yup, a big 'awwwwwwwwwwww' altogether now! How could you not, those ducklings are just too cute!! x

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  7. Happy belated 1 year anniversary!! What a great idea to visit the very place you guys said "I do!" It's odd to think that spring is just around the corner for you. I'm hoping that the weather will cool off here soon. Those tulips are gorgeous!!

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    1. Thanks Min! It is always funny at these transitional seasons when the northern hemisphere is enjoying cooler weather and we're just warming up :-)

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