White Gum Whimsical Wanderings
Updated: Sep 28, 2020
We wandered through White Gum Valley on our way to find more street art after discovering all the magical street art in South Fremantle. As we wanted to explore Booyeembara Park as well we parked there and used it as our base. I think this would be a lovely walk for mums and bubs in prams as there are interesting things along the way, including a great little park for toddlers.
Starting from the corner of Montreal Street and Stevens Street we headed east along Stevens Street turning right at Bostock Street where we could hear the buzzing bees, causing us to look up at the unique hive in the tree. We couldn't decide if the hole was a heart or a nose! We turned left at Hope Street discovering a fairy tree, a little library and an old church.
Turning right down Wiluna Avenue we admired a lovely cactus garden before passing a pirate's house! We turned left into Watkins Street noticing some interesting sculptures in a front yard.
Crossing over Watkins Street before Nannine Avenue we happened upon the unique little Valley Park. This shady park is great for little ones with a small bridge, a covered sandpit, swings and a short slide with colourful day and night themed mosaics. There are wide open grassy spaces to kick a ball and the mosaic theme is continued at the barbecue and nearby wishing well. This was the start of our shoe theme for this walk with abandoned shoes at the barbecue and again at the well! As you cross Mulberry Farm Lane you will see a delightful patchwork brick wall behind which lies a private junkyard full of interesting bits and pieces.
Across Mulberry Farm Lane is the back of the Hazel Orme Community Kindergarten and the attached Community Orchard so we wandered through these as well. The Community Orchard has a unique little play area with winding bush paths, log circles, rope swings on a tree and an ancient whirligig as well as a small traditional metal playground. The Community Garden buildings and water tank feature some unique decorations and the Hazel Orme Community Kindergarten building is painted with lovely murals of children at play in the orchard and gardens.
We crossed over Samson Street continuing down Nannine Avenue and turning left onto South Street. This is where the street art was located and while we found the Zedz Fish and Chip Shop mural and some unlisted artwork on the Fanbase Collectibles store we couldn't find the Dirty Harry art.
We turned left again walking along a shady pathway up Stokes Street admiring the architecture of some older homes. We turned left at Samson Street heading west before turning right at Yalgoo Avenue. Crossing over Watkins Avenue we saw an abandoned pram in the bushes.
We followed Yalgoo Avenue all the way back to Stevens Street where we turned left, soon discovering Sullivan Hall, which conveniently had a public toilet available.
We re-entered Booyeembara Park on it's eastern edge and went on to explore the park but if you continue to walk along Stevens Street you will pass some artwork on a residential wall.
The walk around White Gum Valley including our wandering through Booyeembara Park was just under 5km and took about an hour.
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We also drove up to the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre on Blinco Street for a quick look inside. You can grab a takeaway coffee from Micro Lote Coffee next door every day except Sunday.