Araluen Botanic Park is a very special place nestled in a unique deep forested valley in the Darling Range. It comprises a tranquil botanic garden of both natural and developed beauty, providing four seasons of relaxing activity. Whatever time you visit Araluen, you will find the streams flowing, plenty of grassy areas on which to enjoy a barbecue or picnic and many delightful bush walks.
Heavenly gardens featuring both exotic and native species have been created in this heritage-listed setting of rich, loamy soils and high rainfall. Magnificent culturally significant terraced gardens, timber and stone structures, water features and mature trees form the basis of the park. Popular in spring for its tulips and other magnificent spring blooms, Araluen holds great attraction for weddings, photography, bird-watching and family get-togethers.
Events include summer concerts, children's activities during school holidays and Art in the Park on the last Sunday of every month. Araluen has a proud past. Established in 1929 as a holiday resort for the Young Australia League, it now clearly exudes the beauty and ambience of a bygone era.
Facilities include the log cabin tearooms and gift shop, both complete with open log fires in winter....
Located on top of the Darling Ranges, thirty minutes drive from both Perth and Fremantle, in a small valley overlooking the city lies a perfect spot for those who get claustrophobic in high-rise, air tight motel rooms.
The accommodation is top class consisting of a small number of self-contained serviced apartments and featuring olde world finish and furnishings, with reverse cycle air-conditioning, colour television, fridge, cooking facilities, crockery, cutlery, linen, own gas barbecue and dinghy tied to your verandah.
For wining and dining, only 200 metres away, there is a traditional English country pub with open fireplace and beamed ceilings, which boasts its own brewery producing boutique beers that have achieved Australia wide acclaim.
Activities include trout fishing (with fish being farmed on the 70 acre property), tennis, swimming and boating. Bush walking into adjoining Forest Reserve is a delight with excellent walking tracks following the beautiful Canning Valley. There is an abundance of wildlife with kangaroos regularly grazing on the Lakeside property.
It is a unique experience of the West Australian way of life and there is no charge for the perfect weather....