Whiteman Park – A Detailed Guide for 2023

Whiteman Park is a beautiful and popular tourist spot in Western Australia. It is home to a number of interesting attractions, including a wildlife park, forest, and a steam train. There are also activities to enjoy, such as hiking and cycling.

Read on for all the information you need to enjoy a day at Whiteman Park.

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Whiteman Park Opening Hours

Whiteman Park is open daily from 8:30 am to 6 pm, except Christmas Day, which is 9 am to 5 pm.

a large grassed area with playground and picnic tables

How to get to Whiteman Park

Whiteman Park is in the Swan Valley region of Perth, Western Australia.

From Perth:

  1. Take Lord Street, which turns into Guildford Road.
  2. At Tonkin Highway, turn right (northbound).
  3. Take the Hepburn Avenue exit and follow signs to Whiteman Park (take a right at the roundabout underpass, which takes you back onto Beechboro Road North).

From southern suburbs:

  1. Take Canning Highway, Great Eastern Highway, or Leach Highway, heading north-east until you reach the Tonkin Highway intersection.
  2. Turn left onto Tonkin Highway and continue north.
  3. Follow the directions above.

From northern suburbs:

  1. Take Wanneroo Road southbound, then turn left onto Ocean Reef Road, continuing on to Gnangara Road.
  2. Follow this until you reach Tonkin Highway and turn south, heading towards Perth.
  3. Exit onto Hepburn Avenue and take the left slip lane onto Beechboro Road. 

The Whiteman Park entrance is about 500m south of the turn-off.

There is also an entrance off Drumpellier Drive.

Whiteman Park Map

You can view a copy of the Whiteman Park map here to help you plan your visit.

map of whiteman park

Whiteman Park Dog Park

The 2.5-hectare dog exercise area is open daily from 8:30 am to 6 pm. However, the dog park closes for maintenance every second Thursday (odd weeks of the year) from about 10 am to 1 pm.

The nearest car park is 23 – Mussel Pool East.

The double-gated entry and exits allow dogs to be leashed/unleashed safely and to stop them from running out of the enclosed area.

It’s completely fenced and even has an obstacle course, designed in colours dogs can see, to keep your dog entertained.

Small dogs under 10 kg have a separate area.

Water is available, along with plenty of shade and a 500m path.

This dog park is free, but donations for maintenance and the RSPCA WA are welcomed.

Only dogs that have been socialised should use this park. Please do not bring shy or aggressive dogs – you must have complete control over your dog and you will be responsible for any injuries or damage caused by your dog.

Dogs are allowed in the rest of Whiteman Park but must always be on a lead.

Read this copy of the Whiteman Dog Park brochure for all the rules.

Whiteman Park Motor Museum

This Whiteman Park car museum displays over 200 vehicles, from horse-drawn carriages to modern day vehicles.

The museum’s highlight is the car Daniel Riccardo won his first F1 Grand Prix race in, the 2014 Red Bull RB10.

Other cars worth a mention are a Phantom 6 Rolls Royce and a 1974 Leyland Force 7 Coupe.

It’s open 10 am to 4 pm daily except Christmas Day and located at Building 12, Village East.

Entry is A$16.50 per adult, A$13 concession, A$7 per child, and A$38 for a family pass (2 adults & 2 children). Currently, RACWA members receive a discount.

Tractor Museum

See historical relics from the agricultural industry, including tractors, trucks, photos, and memorabilia.

On the second Sunday of every month, the tractors take a trip around Whiteman Park. Village Junction, the Tractor Museum, and the car parks between the Visitor Centre and Administration buildings are the best spots to see the parade.

Open Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends (except Good Friday & Christmas Day) from 10 am to 4 pm.

The entry fee is A$5 for 16 years plus.

Whiteman Park Pool Playground

The fully-fenced Whiteman Park Pool Playground is excellent for children to cool off and have fun with its 30 cm deep wading pool and waterspouts.

The soft ground protects from nasty falls, and shaded areas are provided. However, there isn’t any shade over the pool, so bring adequate sun protection from the intense sun. There are even a few sun loungers for parents to relax on while keeping a watch on the kids.

The pool is usually open from the October school holidays to the end of the Easter school holidays in April. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas Day when it closes at 4 pm.

Pay attention to the rules on the gate before entering.

Located opposite the Village Café in Village East.

Free to enter.

water playground with sun shades and fence around it
Water Playground

Whiteman Park Playgrounds

Children can enjoy three playgrounds in Whiteman Park.

Village East playground is near the water playground surrounded by grass.

The fully-fenced Village West Playground is shaded and perfect for sunny days.

Pia’s Place Nature Play is the largest playground in Whiteman Park, featuring physical challenges for all abilities.

Mussel Pool, Whiteman Park

This important wetland habitat is home to brushtail possums, amphibians, long-necked turtles, and birds.

The lake holds water nearly all year and is classed as a conservation lake.

Lee Whiteman, who the park was named after, constructed a dam in the 1960s which created a pool. This became known as Mussel Pool due to a large number of freshwater mussels there.

Mussel Pool is now a popular picnic area with trees providing shade. Picnic shelters are available for hire and include a power supply and three benches for up to eight people. They cost A$95 a day, except for P1 and P2, which are A$150 as they include exclusive use of the attached barbecues.

Barbecues are near the picnic shelters but require A$1 coins to operate.

You can see the location of the Whiteman Park picnic shelters on this map.

Whiteman Park Train

Take a ride on the vintage train on Bennet Brook Railway through banksia woodlands.

The train operates Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends, public holidays, and WA school holidays, except Christmas Day.

Weekends and public holidays are from 11 am to 4 pm, school holidays are from 10 am to 2 pm, and Wednesdays & Thursdays are from 11 am to 1 pm.

Train rides may be cancelled on high fire danger days.

Steam engines may pull the carriages from mid-May to mid-September. For the remainder of the year, diesel engines are used.

In January 2023, train tickets were A$10 for those aged 15+, A$8 per senior, A$5 per child (4 to 14 years old) and A$26 for a family of two adults and two children.

steam engine pulling vintage carriage
Bennett Brook Railway steam train

Whiteman Park Tram

Ride on the only genuine heritage electric tram in Western Australia! It costs A$6 for adults and A$3 for children.

Trams run between the village and Mussel Pool every half an hour.

Times of operation are currently

11.00 am to 1.30 pmTuesdays and Fridays
11.00 am to 4.00 pmSaturdays
11.00 am to 4.30 pmSundays and public holidays
11.00 am to 2.30 pmWeekdays during school holidays

Whiteman Park Bike Hire – Pedal Play

Hire a pedal cart and discover the 14 km of shared pathways around Whiteman Park. There’s a range of go-karts suitable for all ages, including a four-seater family kart.

Go-karts are available for hire on weekends, public holidays and WA school holidays from 10 am to 5 pm (last hire at 4 pm).

Hire rates start at A$20 for 30 minutes on a junior kart.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park is one of our favourite attractions to take visitors to see Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, possums, koalas, wombats, and Tasmanian devils.

To find out more information, including the cost, read this review of Caversham Wildlife Park.

family standing with a koala at caversham wildlife park

Whiteman Park Trails

Follow one of the many trails through Whiteman Park to enjoy native flora and fauna.

There are three trails to choose from (Werillyiup, Goo Loorto and Wunanga). For more information on these hikes, see the Werillyiup Trail Map and the Wunanga Trail Map. Goo Loorto is currently closed less than 400 m from the start due to the construction of the Metronet.

Trails may be closed in severe weather.

Children’s Forest

The community forest between the village and Mussel Pool is open between 8:30 am and 6 pm.

Here children can learn about the native bushland and discover what lies within it.

Get a copy of one of the many activity sheets and start your adventure.

Whiteman Park Tours

Take a tour of Whiteman Park on the Whiteman Explorer, a vintage bus return trip from the Village to Mussel Pool. On this hour-long tour, discover the must-see sights and learn about Whiteman Park’s history.

Tours are A$2 per person and run Mondays at 11 am and 1 pm.

Whiteman Park Café

Whiteman Park Café is family-run and offers delicious home-cooked meals. The menu offers breakfast, brunch, salads, lunch, and drinks.

The Whiteman Park café high tea is popular and available every day. The cost is A$45 per person for 90 minutes and includes unlimited tea, coffee, and lemonade spritzer.

This eatery is open weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm and weekends from 8:30 am to 4 pm. A 15% surcharge applies on public holidays.

people sitting outside cafe on verandah
Whiteman Park Café

FAQ

Are dogs allowed at Whiteman Park?

Dogs are allowed in Whiteman Park on a lead. The Whiteman Park dog park allows obedient dogs off-lead.

Is Whiteman Park Free?

Whiteman Park is free to enter. However, you have to pay for some attractions.

Can you bring alcohol into Whiteman Park?

Alcohol is allowed in Whiteman Park, except in the playgrounds and play areas, including the Children’s Forest & Pia’s Place.

Are drones allowed in Whiteman Park?

Drones are not allowed within Whiteman Park.

Please refer to the Whiteman Park Facebook page for up-to-date information, including closures.

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Whiteman Park - A Detailed Guide for 2023

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