Out and About
Kid Friendly Nurseries
Zanthorrea Nursery in Maida Vale is not only a fabulous nursery specialising in native plants but it is also a great place to visit with the kids. The kids can explore the sensory garden, look for 8 different sculptures scattered around the beautiful gardens and then enjoy a play on the shaded playground which has a fort and a slide. With so many beautiful giant trees within the gardens the kids can have a go at measuring the height of the tree using the measurements on one of the trees.
Zanthorrea Nursery is named after the spectacular Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii) with the Z replacing the X to make the name easier to spell. The nursery specialises in native plants and also has a range of bush tucker plants. The gardens are divided into sections: Australian Formal, Informal, Water and Outback - which helps you to plan your garden around your chosen theme. You can access an array of tip sheets from the web site to help you with all your gardening questions.
You can help yourself to a free cup of tea or coffee in the Coffee Corner, have a seat in the indoor garden and enjoy the beautiful flowers surrounding you. There is a vast array of pots to choose from and a very well stocked gift shop at the entrance.
Located at 155 Watsonia Rd in Maida Vale Zanthorrea Nursery is close to Kalamunda. You could go on to explore Stirk Park and the Kalamunda Fairy Door Trail, the Heritage Museum or a number of nearby trails including the ever popular Whistlepipe Gully, Lesmurdie Falls or Rocky Pool and the Piesse Brook Interpretive Trail. Click to open links.
Coast Road Palms
Coast Road Palms is a veritable jungle with massive palm trees, staghorns and stands of bamboo... and dinosaurs. Yes DINOSAURS! Hidden amongst the foliage are lots of large dinosaurs. The kids will love following the windy footpaths peering into the jungle and then spotting a triceratops or a stegasaurus peeking at them through the foliage!
Coast Road Palms is situated on Bennett Springs Road in Beechboro. Although it doesn't have a playground or a cafe head down Marshall Road and you will find the Slate Cafe and Pegasus and Iluma Parks or you can head into Whiteman Park where you will find lots of things to fill your day including the Children's Forest, Pia's Place Playground and several walking trails: Wununga Trail, Goo Loorto Trail or Werrilyiup Trail. Click to open links.
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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 extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.