Have you been to Araluen Botanic Park to see the tulips? If not, do yourself a favour and go. The displays are beautiful and it’s in such a scenic spot that it’s worth making a day, or at least half a day, of it.
Location of Araluen Botanic Park
Araluen Botanic Park is in Roleystone, about a 45 minute drive south of Perth.
$15 per Adult
$7 Per Child
$40 Family (2 Adults and up to 6 Children)
There are free BBQs to use or a cafe and food vans if you don’t want to cook your own food. There are also benches and plenty of grass for picnics and for kids to run around.
Araluen (an Eastern States Aboriginal word meaning Singing Waters or Running Waters) was first established as a holiday camp for The Young Australia League in 1929 by JJ “Boss” Simons. He bought 59 hectares of land in this valley in Roleystone with creeks running through it.
Yates Springtime at Araluen has Perth’s biggest display of Tulips. This year it has over 145,000 of them. Tulips have been planted there since 1930 when the bulbs were imported from Holland. After the war, they were sourced from New Zealand but now come from Tesselaar Bulbs in Victoria. They are refrigerated for 8 weeks and then planted once the ground temperature reaches 12 degrees.
The park is lovely at any time of the year but IMO it is at its best when the tulips are out. We went on 20th August this year, which is near the start of the season, and there were a lot blooming. It runs until 24th September.
Be prepared for traffic delays as you near the park if you go during tulip season and on a weekend.
If you can, visit during the week as there will be less crowds and traffic and you can enjoy the park more.
Get there as close to when it opens (9am) for the best parking spots and time to take photos before it gets very busy.
We take a picnic and make use of the grassed area. It’s normally a quick walk back to the car for the picnic so you won’t need to carry it around.
Enjoy your day surrounded by beautiful flowers 🙂
For more information, head to https://www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au/