Out and About
Midland Old and New with Weeip Park
Weeip Park opened in September in the New Junction open space development in Midland's CBD. It is a fabulous play space with a grassed kickabout area, a youth zone, a playground with nature elements, a path for cycling and a toilet.
Weeip was a traditional clan leader of the Noongar Whadjuk Boora Clan. His territory covered South Guildford, the Swan River, Ellen Brook and into the hills. In August 1934 Weeip negotiated a truce with Governor Stirling to improve relations with settlers. Weeip is recognised as one of the most powerful Whadjuk totemic clan leaders.
Located in the centre of town close to Midland Gate Shopping Centre, cafes and restaurants Weeip Park is a perfect place to head for a play. Parking is readily available but may be time limited weekdays and Saturday mornings.
After exploring the playground we headed off to explore the immediate surroundings and discovered some heritage buildings - the Old....
and the New:
Murals on the back wall of Australia Post and the Midland Gate Shopping centre and street art at Locale, a space which hosts food trucks and live music events. Built in collaboration with Ron Gomboc, Robert Juniper’s towering five metre high copper and bronze sculpture ‘Tree Forms’ is the centrepiece of Juniper Park, which is named after him. Around the Midland Junction Arts Centre you will find Steve Tepper's ‘Trickle, flow and fall’ ,a group of cast aluminium and bronze water sculptures and the Mother and Child. Cale Street is the entertainment hub of Midland with cafes, pubs and restaurants. On the corner of The Crescent you will find 'Oscar, Rosie and Buddy', painted steel sculptures by Mandy White and inspired by Yamatji stories of small bush creatures.
While you are in the neighbourhood you can challenge the kids to 18 holes of mini golf at Adventure Golf Midland.
We have previously explored Midland when we walked around the Midland Railway Workshops and the western side of the town centre including beautiful Coal Seam Dam.
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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.