Hidden Gems - Willagee Wanderings
Willagee is a lovely suburb with some wonderful playgrounds and artworks.
We started by finding Webber Reserve with it's small nature playground tucked away on the north eastern corner of Webber Reserve. Designed and built by the community for local children this is a lovely play space situated at the edge of playing fields and next to a traditional playground with a BBQ, a picnic bench and a basketball half court. Parking is on the verge and there are no toilets.
From here we headed to nearby Carawatha Park but had to stop to have a closer look as the mural on the shops at Archibald Street caught our eye! We were delighted to find more public art and murals at Willagee Library and Community Centre and some art/play elements in George Humes Park.
From here it is a ten minute walk along Archibald Street to Carawatha Park. Carawatha Park is an accessible, intergenerational park which has something for everyone making it a fabulous space for a family get together.
There is a children’s nature play area including water play, swings, slides, sand play, tree deck, balancing beams, stepping stones and an arched climber over a stepped feature log. Alongside is a teen space including skate path, outdoor ping pong table, custom basketball hoop, pivot basket swing and a sheltered ‘lounge’ area. There are plenty of paths perfect for wheels of all kinds, from scooters, bikes and skateboards to prams and wheel chairs, an open grass area for ball play, including a set of AFL practice goals and outdoor exercise equipment shaded by Macadamia trees. The park offers custom concrete furniture including a chess table setting and a ‘bar stool’ next to the barbecue. There are shaded big people’s and little people’s picnic table settings and a shaded picnic lawn, drinking fountains including a dog bowl, accessible design and a step up for the little ones.
In the nearby Bushland there is a hide and seek trail as well as opportunities for informal cubby building. The ‘bush tucker’ theme includes fruit trees such as Macadamia and Lily-pily and extra edible plantings including a lemon tree, almonds, mulberries, Irish strawberry tree, strawberry and pineapple guavas.
Little Olive Leaf Cafe is located just across the road and Willagee shops are also close by. There are accessible toilets and a limited number of parking bays.
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 extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.