Windsor Park and Old Mill Point Rd South Perth
Walking along the South Perth foreshore from Mill Point via Mindeerup Piazza and the Scented Garden to Coode Street Jetty , then on to the South Perth Lakes in Clydesdale Reserve we decided to return along Mill Point Road for a change of scenery (even though the scenery along the riverfront is completely stunning!)
Walking along Mill Point Road next to the Zoo we came across a small sign about the gate to the old zookeeper's house. This is why I love walking - you discover all these little treasures that you just don't see when you cycle or drive!
Further down we arrived at Windsor Park. This park will be very familiar to you if you have visited Perth Zoo as it extends from the Zoo entrance to Mill Point Road. Unless you have walked up Mends Street from the jetty after catching the ferry from Elizabeth Quay it is unlikely you have walked through this lovely little park.
Windsor Park has a number of artworks that make it interesting. May Gibbs sits on the circular bench reading a book. The open plaza has The Magic Tree which reflects the animals in Perth Zoo -can you spot the giraffe's eye? What about the elephant? What else?
Windsor Park, established in 1886, remains a vital part of the South Perth heritage precinct which includes the stately refurbished Windsor Hotel across the road. The Windsor Hotel features on the South Perth Heritage Trail (that's one to be explored another day!)
There are some lovely artworks on the walls leading down Mends Street, which has lots of lovely cafes and is usually a hive of activity. We walked through the shopping arcade to Harper Terrace where we headed back to Mill Point Road. At the freeway entrance interchange you will find artworks on the opposite corners. Aurelian Modulations is located outside the Aurelia complex on Mill Point Road which was built on the site of the (May) Gibbs family home.
If you are in the vicinity of Perth Zoo or Mends Street take some time to explore Windsor Park.