Hyde Park is a popular and beautiful inner city park in the suburb of Highgate, Perth, Western Australia. The park is a great place to relax, take a walk, or entertain children. Bird-lovers enjoy sitting by the picturesque lakes as the islands are occupied by lots of birds. This city oasis is the perfect place for a picnic or BBQ with the huge trees providing shade in the warmer months.
The playgrounds are excellent for the children, especially the water playground in summer (which is free of charge). You may even witness a wedding as Hyde Park has been the location for many couples tying the knot.
Locals enjoy walking around the scenic twin lakes and taking a break from hectic city life.
Hyde Park is registered as an Aboriginal site of significance by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
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Location of Hyde Park
Hyde Park is in between North Perth and Highgate, about 2 km from Perth’s CBD, and within easy walking distance of Northbridge.
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Facilities in Hyde Park
Some of the facilities of Hyde Park include public toilets, drinking fountains, fitness equipment, picnic benches, park benches, bbqs, a playground and a water playground. There is a pathway around the lake which is perfect for prams and wheelchairs.
Parking near Hyde Park
There’s parking around the perimeter of Hyde Park but it can be hard to find a spot in peak times. There’s also parking in the side streets but just be careful of any parking restrictions that may apply.
History of Hyde Park
Hyde park was originally wetlands and part of a chain of lakes which stretched from Claisebrook to Herdsman Lake. The Whajuk Noongar people moved between these lakes, the coastal plain, and the hills following the Noongar six season calendar. These areas were important to them for food and their spiritual way of life.
The area was settled by Europeans in 1829 and given the name of “Third Swamp”. Hostile encounters between European settlers and Noongar people culminated in the execution of Whadjuk Elders as well as the massacres of numerous Noongar families.
When Yellagonga died in 1843, his people were dispossessed of their land around the Swan River Colony and retreated to land in the north including Third Swamp, known to the Noongar people as Boodjamooling. This area continued to be a main campsite for the Nyoongar people but was also used by homeless and travellers and then miners en-route to the goldfields in the 1890s.
The main lakes were drained between 1855 and 1883 which led to some settlement north of Perth and by 1897, 15 hectares of Third Swamp was gazetted as a public park. Two years later it was renamed Hyde Park.
The Best Time to Visit Hyde Park
My favourite time of year for a walk in Hyde Park is autumn when the leaves turn into beautiful brown and golds. If you want a picnic and let your children play in the water playground, summer is the best time to visit Hyde Park. Spring is a pretty time of year too when the spring flowers start to appear.
What trees are around Hyde Park Perth?
The main trees you see around the lake are the London Plane Tree which are the ones that create the beautiful autumn colours in Hyde Park. Other trees in the park include Moreton Bay Figs, Jacarandas, Peppercorn Tree, Jarrah, Western Australian Red Flowering Gum, and Carob Tree. You can download this guide on Hyde Park Trees for a full list.
Are dogs allowed in Hyde Park Perth?
Dogs are allowed in Hyde Park Perth providing they are kept on lead and under control at all times.
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