Best spots in Perth for a lunch-break picnic

Last Updated: 24 Aug 2023
Alana Ando

Picnic season is here! Lay your rugs out and take a relaxing lunch break at these green spots around the CBD.

Government House Gardens

St George's Terrace

Enjoy beds of brightly flowering annuals and perfectly manicured grass on the grounds of Government House. Spread over 8 acres of gardens and lined with trees to shade the lawn, this heritage-listed site has stood on St George’s Terrace since 1864. The rose garden has been a feature of Government House since the 1890s, adding colour to the site. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés less than a kilometre from Government House making it the perfect spot to take your lunch break. The Gardens of Government House are open for the community to enjoy every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12pm and 2pm, except for public holidays.

Stirling Gardens

Corner of St George's Terrace and Barrack Street

Located North of the Supreme Court, Stirling Gardens is the oldest garden in the City of Perth and a tranquil oasis amongst the chaos of the CBD. The gardens were first used by colonial botanist James Drummond, where he propagated seed specimens. Later, the reserve was opened as Perth’s first botanical garden in 1845. Thanks to the water feature, kangaroo sculptures, and iconic gum nut babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Stirling Gardens is a picturesque spot for a lunch break. This small piece of green is found smack-bang in the city centre, on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street.

John Oldham Park

Mounts Bay Road

There is nothing like a small piece of green in the midst of a fast-paced city. With gardens, waterfalls and greenery, John Oldham Park is one of Perth’s best-kept secrets. Despite running parallel to Mounts Bay Road, tucked between two main roads, this captivating space is surprisingly quiet. To enter you need to cross the freeway-south ramp which leads you to the far end of the park. Make use of the benches and barbecue facilities and catch a glimpse of the city architecture, John Oldham Park is a prime spot for a CBD lunch hour.

Queen's Gardens

East Perth

Queen’s Gardens is an urban sanctuary on a former brickworks and clay pit site, located at the heart of East Perth, overlooking Optus Stadium. It features captivating open spaces with lakes, waterlilies, flower beds, manicured lawns and a replica of the famous Peter Pan Statue located in Kensington Gardens in London. Opened in 1899 and still flourishing, Queen's Gardens are a great spot to take lunch and feel regal on a manicured lawn.

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