The Araluen Botanic Park in Perth, Western Australia is one of the best places to see tulips and other beautiful blooms. These flowers are at their peak in August and September when they are planted for a spectacular show. The park has an excellent café that serves delicious food with a great view that will make your stay even more enjoyable. This post includes insider tips to help you plan your visit so be sure to read on!
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Where is Araluen Park?
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Araluen Botanic Park is in Roleystone, part of the Darling ranges. It takes about 45-minutes in the car from Perth. Follow the signs from the junction of Albany and Brookton highways.
Araluen Entrance Fees and Opening Times 2022
Araluen Botanic Park is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. The gates open at 9 am and close at 6 pm (last entry is 5 pm) from August to April and 9 am to 4 pm during winter.
Prices for the Springtime Tulip Festival as of August 2022 are:
A$20 per Adult, A$10 Per Child (aged 6-15), A$15 concession, or A$60 Family (2 Adults and up to 6 Children).
Admission Fees are subject to change.
Please check with Araluen direct closer to your visit.
The Best Time to Visit for Perth Tulips
Araluen is famous for its tulips and during the Araluen Tulip Festival, you can see these stunning flowers. This festival starts at the end of August to early October with a vibrant display that leaves visitors in awe.
Araluen Botanic Park has an array of amazing colours and flower arrangements year-round, so it’s worth coming back again when other blooms are out.
The History of Araluen Botanic Park
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.
In 1990 the State Government bought the property. During the next 20 years, The Araluen Botanic Park Foundation worked with the State Government to revamp it into what it is today.
Araluen Botanic Park Facilities
New management means that Chalet Healy Café is serving up a fresh and exciting Spring menu. There are also plenty of benches, grassy areas for picnics or kids to run around on, as well as the Araluen Train, which runs on weekends during springtime. There were food trucks near the grassed area when we visited during the spring festival last year.
The Best Tulips in Perth at Araluen Botanic Park
Yates Springtime at Araluen has Perth’s biggest display of Tulips. This year it has over 120,000 Tulips and 36,000 other spring flowers.
Tulips have been planted here 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.
Tips for a Great Day out at Araluen Botanic Park
The park is lovely at any time of the year but I think it is at its best when the tulips are out. We went in August, which is near the start of the season, and there were a lot blooming. It runs until the beginning of October.
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 fewer crowds and traffic and you can enjoy the park more.
Get there as close to when it opens (9 am) for the best parking spots and time to take photos before it gets jam-packed.
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.
Don’t bring your dog – pets are not allowed in the park.
The use of skateboards, bicycles etc are not allowed either.
If you want a lovely walk after visiting here, head to Ellis Brook Valley Reserve. It’s less than a 30 minute drive and the hike to 60 Foot Falls is beautiful, especially in spring.
When I first moved to Perth back in 2000, Araluen was a cheap place for the family to spend half a day enjoying the pretty tulips and gardens. However, the prices keep increasing and it is now A$60 for a family (up from A$45 last year and double the cost of other times of the year). They have also reduced the number of children included in the family ticket from six to three.
Araluen Botanical Park also charge A$5 for the train ride to cover the ongoing maintenance of the train – it was free previously.
Personally, I think that the tulip festival is expensive for what it is, but if you are visiting Perth, or haven’t been to Araluen previously, it is still worth going. The tulip displays are spectacular and you end up with some great photos.
Some people have shared their feedback in the comment section, so if you have been to Araluen’s tulip festival recently, please comment and let me know what you thought.
Where to Stay close to Araluen Botanic Gardens
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When we spent the weekend near Araluen Botanic Park, we stayed at this Bright & Beautiful Home On The Hills. Located in a quiet street in Kelmscott, the air-conditioned property is self-contained next to the owner’s home. The two-bedroom house is private and kept immaculate and features a full kitchen. We only stayed one night but it was perfect for our family of four. See Prices Here.
Other properties that get excellent reviews that are close by include:
- Armadale Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Family Studio Available
- The Good Life B&B (host speaks English and Japanese) – Luxury Suite can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children
- Rothwood Homestays (hosts speak English, Indonesian, Malay)
- The Getaway Roleystone has a family suite sleeping four. Pets allowed.
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Araluen Botanic Park is a great place to visit for anyone who needs a bit of time away from their busy lives. The beautiful scenery and the tranquility makes it easy to forget about all your worries, which can be beneficial if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. If you want to stay near this piece of Perth’s natural beauty, please book through our links so that we can continue providing free content like this one! Thank you.