Araluen Botanic Park is a botanical park located in a valley in the Darling Ranges, about 30 kilometres south of Perth. This historic park, which was opened in 1930, covers 59 hectares and is open to visitors every day of the year. Visitors come to explore the many unique floras that have been planted in the area, view the local animal populations and enjoy the atmosphere of the Araluen Botanic Park.
- Flora – The location of the Araluen Botanic Park in the Perth Hills means the entire garden has a unique micro-climate that has allowed a variety of exotic and cooler-climate plants to grow well. Araluen Botanic Park is particularly famous for its roses and camellias, but flora lovers will find many other plant varieties including ash, brush box, western red cedar, rhododendrons, manna gums, Queensland black bean, bay tree, iron bark, holly wisteria and more. The Araluen Botanic Park is most visited during the flowering season, when thousands of scattered bulbs burst into bloom. Visitors who come to the gardens during this time can expect to see tulips, magnolias, lilacs, and daphnes.
- Fauna – The Araluen Botanic Park area has long been a haven of sorts for local wildlife in the area, and many visitors come to the park to view that wildlife in their natural habitats. During their time at the Araluen Botanic Park, visitors will likely see many wallabies and western grey kangaroos along the bush tracks and the lawns. Birdwatchers will be busy trying to view the many Australian native birds in the park area, including kookaburras, ringnecks, western rosellas, red cap and other Western Australian parrots. The park is also home to many amphibians and reptiles, who can often be seen around the Old Swimming Pool or on footpaths.
- Other Park Attractions – Guests can view the historical buildings, such as the ruins of the Shepardson Cottage, or see the many water features, such as the reflection pool and the Old Swimming Pool. You will also find a miniature train on site that travels around the park for visitors looking for a new perspective, or a way to entertain their children. There is an eatery at the park, known as the Chalet Healy Tearoom where visitors will find food, beverages and other refreshments available.
|From 22nd September to 12th October||From 13th October Onward|
|Child (6 – 15 years)||$5||$3|
|Bus Group (8+)||$6||$5|
|Family (2 adults, 6 children)||$25||$15|
|Cut Price Tuesday Adult||$5||$3|
|Cut Price Tuesday Child||$2.50||$1.50|
- Eating at the Park – Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during their time at Araluen Botanic Park, and there are facilities available including picnic spots and electric BBQs. At no point should fires be lit for cooking in the park area.
- Gift Shop – Visitors will find memorabilia and souvenirs to take home from their visit to Araluen Botanic Park at the Roundhouse Gift Shop. There are a variety of products and gifts at a range of prices.
- Festivals – The Araluen Botanic Park hosts a number of festivals throughout the year that visitors are sure to enjoy. These festivals include the Tulip Festival, held in the spring, and the Fremantle Chilli Festival, held in the summer and hosted on the Fremantle Esplanade.
- Car: From Perth the drive to the Araluen Botanic Park takes 45 minutes and goes via State Route 8 and Tonkin Highway/State Route 4. Take the Mills Road East exit and continue left onto State Route 40, before reaching Croyden Road and the Araluen Botanic Park.
- Train/Bus: Take a train from Perth Station on the Armadale Line (towards Armadale) and alight at Kelmschott Station. From there, take the 241 bus and alight on Brookton Highway before Hawkstone Road before walking approximately 1.7km to the park.
Araluen Botanic Park was first purchased in 1929 by Jack Simons, who bought the land on behalf of the Young Australia League (YAL) to use as a holiday camp. At the time, he named the 60 hectare area ‘Araluen’, which in an eastern state Aboriginal dialect means ‘singing waters’, ‘running waters’ or ‘place of lilies’.
Volunteers and league members renovated the park, which soon became a popular weekend destination of passionate tulip lovers. Changing circumstances in 1985 meant that the Araluen Botanic Park was put up for sale by the YAL. After much community support and encouragement, the State Government purchased the land in 1990 and started work restoring and growing the park further.
In 2012 the International Camellia Society (ICS) recognised the Araluen Botanic Park under its Camellia Gardens of Excellence program. Only 29 other gardens in the world have been lucky enough to be awarded this recognition.