Nothing says Australia more than Whiteman Park.
Hectares of open nature awaits you in a picturesque Perth attraction where you can explore the spacious parklands with the surrounding gumtrees and the native Australian plants for hours on end. Not to mention the loveable Whiteman Park animals that inhabit the park and at that moment, you’ll realise the park represents Australia to perfection.
The kids will run and play all day long; the parents will sit back on the rug and relax within nature that surrounds them. It’s happy times at Whiteman Park, and no other feeling is remotely close, the perfect place to take your family, enjoying the great outdoors and discovering the iconic Whiteman park in Western Australia.
Where is Whiteman Park?
It will be hard to believe that Whiteman Park and its 4000 hectares of Australian bushland is only 15 minutes or 28-kilometres, north of the Perth CBD, in the Caversham area of Perth.
It’s next door to the famous Swan Valley wine region which is a treat in its own Right, and you can take the road down Reid Highway and follow the signs until you reach Whiteman Park, you won’t miss it.
Whiteman Park Entry Fee
You don’t have to pay a cent for entry into the park proper; you can bring a picnic lunch, a bottle of wine, a rug and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing under the sun, with occasional hikes in between.
Of course, if you wish to visit a few Whiteman Park attractions, such as the Caversham Wildlife Park or a ride on the Whiteman Park train you’ll need to pay a fee, but the choice is yours because you can easily spend a day in the park without lifting your wallet.
The Village of Whiteman Park
The Village is a favourite hangout spot in the park and features wooden heritage buildings on either side of the main street. During your visit, you can take a walk the village, with the trams tracks down the middle and gaze at the different souvenir stores, such as the Print Shop, Handcraft Centre and the Lolly Shop for those who have a craving for the sweet tooth.
If you didn’t bring your bike to ride around the park, you could always go to pedal play bike hire inside the Village to rent the traditional two-wheel bikes or enjoy family fun on the four-seater pedal carts. With a bike at your possession, you’ll be able to explore the bushlands at a quicker rate, because there is so much to see.
When you’re done exploring for the morning, you may want to stop in at the Village Cafe Whiteman Park for a coffee, tea or a bite to eat, in case you didn’t bring your food. At the Village cafe, you’ll good selection of dining options of burgers, chips, salads, cakes or all-day breakfast menu to refuel for a busy afternoon and further explore Caversham Whiteman Park.
Enjoy a picnic on Parklands
In Whiteman Park, there is plenty of open parklands to lay out a rug, get out the picnic basket and munch on a few snacks, either with a cold beer or bottle wine bought at the nearby Swan Valley Region.
Life could not get any better than this, while you sit back on a fold-out chair and watch the little ones having a blast in the great outdoors, either playing chase, Australian Rules football or game of cricket in the vast spaces of the parklands.
Explore on the open trails
Hiking through paths of this mega nature park is the highlight of the day when you visit Whiteman Park, there is, after all, 4000 hectares of land to explore.
It’s a stroll through easy-going tracks that will take you to all corners, while you discover different areas such as the Mussel Pool, the dog park for the happy K9’s. Before wandering past the famous cricket pitch, where there is further open space to throw the ball around and roll out the rug.
It’s a great chance to explore with the kids and spot the various wildlife of kangaroos, birds or koalas, which is hidden amongst the bush. More adventures for the kids happens at the Children’s Forest, a bush designed for the young ones, where they can learn about the Australian Forests with their kid-friendly adventures to keep them occupied.
The Heritage Museums
Away from nature, you’ll find many heritage museums on location inside Whiteman Park, like the Motor Museum and tractor Museum (separate areas). Inside you’ll find many old vehicles on display, from olden day carriages to the modern cars of today. Any rev head interested in historic motor antiques will love the vehicles on show, inside the Museum halls and it will cost $15 to enter inside the attraction.
Other options available of heritage in the park is the Vintage Trains and Trams, where you can have a joy ride at an affordable price and explore Whiteman Park at a quicker pace.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Located close to The Village, The Caversham Wildlife Park is a must visit for any visitors to the park, especially for those who are eager to get up-close & personal to some of the most famous Australian animals.
In the Wildlife Park, you can feed the Kangaroos, watch the hilarious animal farm show and cuddle everyone’s favourite Aussie animal, the Koalas. It’s a few hours of education in the Wildlife Park which the family will adore as you discover a broad range of Australian Wildlife and reptiles.
It’s the park that keeps on giving for the whole family and a full day is not always going be enough to fit everything in that you wish to see. In that case, you may feel the desire to come back for a second day sometime in the future.