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Birdwood Nature Playground and Sunset Heritage Precinct

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

While visiting the Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space we thought we would also explore Birdwood Nature Playground as it sits just up the hill and within a few minutes walk from Jo Wheatley. Being explorers though we set out to do a loop from Jo Wheatley to Matilda Bay up to Mason Gardens to see the turtles and then back via Birdwood Nature Playground. Our loop took us 3 hours and was 13km long and although the 10 and 7 years olds didn't complain we were lucky it was a rather cool summer's day and the draw of the turtles kept them motivated. As Dalkeith is built on a grid system there are plenty of ways to include a visit to the playground (one or more) with a short walk. Either to Matilda Bay and back (or not even that far - just a 30 minute walk along the river each way)...up to Mason Gardens and back or around Point Resolution to Bishop Road Reserve and back or any combination of the above. The idea is to get the kids out walking as you notice so many interesting things along the way.

Our adventure so far had brought us to Mason Gardens to check out the turtles.

From here we headed down Adelma Road coming across a church set amidst suburban houses. Later research revealed this to be the Carmelite Monastery.

From the playground you can follow a short path down the scarp directly into the car park at Jo Wheatley Play Space, literally a minute away.

Sunset Heritage Precinct was a complete surprise and a delightful discovery. Although it is a long way from being restored it will be a true gem once it is. If you want to discover this area more check out the City of Nedlands Walking Trails guide.

For a small loop walk you could walk from Jo Wheatley via Birdwood Nature Playground through the Sunset Heritage Precinct and then down Iris Avenue to the riverfront and back along Otto Point along the river to Jo Wheatley.

See also separate blogs on the Karda Bidi and Karak Bidi Trails, Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space and the Dalkeith Turtle Adventure which includes Mason Gardens Turtle Pond and Sculpture Trail.

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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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