Queens Gardens East Perth
Queens Gardens is a beautiful park tucked away in East Perth near the WACA and Gloucester Park. There is plenty of parking available in the area on a weekend (unless a major event is underway). We took advantage of free parking offered during the first few months of Covid 19.
The site was originally used for horse racing before becoming a clay mine which produced bricks between 1860 and 1890. These bricks were used in many of Perth's historic buildings of that era. In 1894 the brick kilns were removed and the old clay pits were transformed into the lakes we see today, surrounded by gardens and manicured lawns. The gardens were opened in 1899 and named after Queen Victoria in honour of her Diamond Jubilee.
You can enter Queens Gardens from a number of gates off Nelson Crescent or Hay Street. I love the way the trees have grown and the fence line stops then starts again on the other side to accommodate the massive trunks.
As you wander on the paved paths, across the lush green grass or over the little bridges you will enjoy the serenity of this special place in the city.
Queens Gardens are the home of the Peter Pan Statue, a replica of the one found in Kensington Gardens in London. The statue was donated by the Rotary Club of Perth in 1827 to honour the state's centenary. The statue can be found in the middle of the park tucked in between the lakes. Make sure you get up and have a close look and wander around the statue to find all it's hidden critters.
The lakes are home to many waterbirds including Black Swans.
Make sure you wander past the prettiest toilet blocks in the city!
From Queens Garden it is an easy 5 minute walk across Hay Street and Adelaide Terrace to Lake Vasto and beyond that to Point Fraser.