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Harold Boas Gardens

Updated: Feb 10

Harold Boas Gardens tucked away in West Perth is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and you can see why when you wander through this beautiful shady haven.

The gardens, first developed as Delhi Square from 1897-98, were redeveloped in the 1970's into their present form and named after prominent architect Harold Boas, who was instrumental in the design of many Perth buildings including the Emu Brewery on Mounts Bay Road.

The gardens are also popular with local office workers who can enjoy this special natural setting for lunch breaks and really get away from work stress for a brief time. Benches are tucked away in various nooks and crannies in the park.

There is a small playground with climbing frames. swings, a slide and fireman's pole. Paths wind through the park making it ideal for walking and for confident bike and scooter riders. Note: There is unfenced water, uneven surfaces and stairs to negotiate in places.

There are several large grassed areas big enough to settle in for a picnic and some ball games.

The winding ponds and lakes are connected by a babbling stream and cascading rock waterfalls. The path follows the shallow moat like waterway and features stairs and bridges.

The upper section is reminiscent of Jurassic Park with giant ferns and massive hundred year old trees creating dark gloomy forested areas.

The trees invite you to climb their long low limbs!

Many of the plants are labelled to help you identify them.

It is hard to believe that this park is bordered by busy Wellington Street and surrounded by offices

and apartments as the peace and serenity wash over you.

If you are planning a visit to Watertown or City West or even to Kings Park you might like to add this lovely garden to your day out.

Streetside parking is available on Delhi Street or other surrounding streets but is mostly paid parking - even on weekends. You might prefer to park at Watertown (also paid parking) and wander along the access way through the apartment buildings, linking Sutherland Street with the gardens. Or you can walk along busy Wellington Street.

Toilets are located on the Wellington Street side of the park. Please be mindful that some sections of the park may be cordoned off for weddings and photography sessions.

You can also explore West Perth Heritage .

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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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