All the W’ight stuff at Perth’s Whiteman Park
By Claire de Franck, Editor 19 Oct 2020
There are not many attractions where you can spend an entire day from morning into the evening, thankfully though we have Whiteman Park, the perfect family destination and only 25 minutes drive from Perth!
We started our visit (after a much-needed coffee at the Village Café), by exploring the park using a spot of pedal power thanks to Pedal Play and their self-pedalled go-karts. This was a great family experience and a unique way to get around, the seatbelts and canopy meant it was also safe and comfortable. Our trip took us past Mussel Pool, a lovely spot amongst the trees and the Children’s Forest which showcases the beauty of the native bushland.
After dropping off our cart we headed over to Caversham Wildlife Park, an award-winning tourist attraction and a highlight in the WA visitors calendar. Once we arrived we had a quick look over the daily attractions and it was straight off to meet the Koalas! This is a wonderful chance to get up close to these incredible creatures and perfect for a photo opportunity. There are separate meeting areas in place which meant everyone got a chance and the koalas were not crowded! From there we had time to have a wander around, my son was desperate to see the penguins which were very cute and my daughter was keen to feed the kangaroos.
The Farm Show was our next ‘must-see’ and it did not disappoint! From the sheep dogs mustering the sheep, to the bottle feeding of the lambs (which my daughter got to do!) and the milking of the cow, it’s truly a taste of a real Aussie farm and if the applause was anything to go by, the audience loved it! From the farm show, we headed over to Molly’s Farm which is a great interactive experience where we got up close to guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens and even an alpaca – slight problem now is my son wants a guinea pig!
Before we left the park we made sure to go and meet the wombat and friends. Not only did we get a photo next to one of the very cute wombats but we saw owls, birds, possums and snakes all with their very informative and friendly keepers. After this we headed out of the park exhausted but certainly happy, and full of memories thanks to our photos and videos.
The day we visited was a pretty hot one so after a much needed picnic on the grass we headed to cool off in the water playground. If you have never been here before you must add it to your next visit. With a 30cm deep wading pool and waterspouts it is a great space for all ages and lots of fun.
For the latter part of the day, it was time to head along to the Village Junction Station and hop aboard the Bennett Brook Railway vintage train. It was great to sit back and ride through the gorgeous woodlands, we even managed to spot one of the Park’s kangaroos. My son especially loved it due to his Thomas the Tank engine viewing, and it was a perfect chance to re-charge and give our feet a well-deserved rest!
Feeling refreshed we headed off to have a play at Pia’s Place Nature play space – this is one of four play spaces at the Park and the biggest. Accessible to all and for all levels of ability, there is so much to see and do here. From flying foxes to sand play areas and cubby building spaces it is a wonderful place of discovery and the lighthouse is a great talking point!
Time to go home? Not quite! We had one last thing we wanted to do which was to meet the woylies! I have to admit I had never heard of these little creatures but thanks to the nocturnal Woylie walks which run every Friday, we were all able to learn more about them. Led by extremely knowledgeable volunteers and with the special night-lighting we got very close to them as they fed in their protected habitat, a great experience for us all and the perfect way to end a memorable day!
Whiteman Park is open from 8.30am till 6.00pm every day of the year except Christmas Day when it opens at 9.00am and closes at 5.00pm. Whiteman Park also host many public events and special activities. Keep up to date with these via their events page.