14 Hectares of Extraordinary Beauty
Discover Perth Hills
Oldest Botanic Garden
Nestled deep within a valley in the Perth Hills, Araluen Botanic Park is an extraordinary garden in a breathtaking bushland setting.
Araluen is a unique Botanic Park in a natural setting. Located within 59 hectares of West Australian native forest, our 14 hectares of developed gardens are home to thousands of plants that flourish in the rich soils and supportive micro-climate that is created in this valley across the Darling Scarp of the Perth hills. Araluen Botanic Park has a unique micro-climate featuring loam soils, high rainfall and cold winters providing an unmatched opportunity to cultivate exotic and cool climate plants in Western Australia.
The Story of Araluen
In the late 1920s the founder of the Young Australia League JJ “Boss” Simons was drawn to this valley in pursuit of his dream to create a weekend retreat where YAL members could experience the outdoor life. Whenever YAL members travelled the world they were encouraged to bring back plants for Araluen as they developed the Park gardens which was to complement the aesthetic appeal of the Canadian-style log cabins, water features, and pergolas.
The YAL took over the Park with little to no infrastructure apart from tracks left as a result of timber clearing during the 1800’s. Over 20+years the YAL constructed a series of buildings and several unique garden features. Construction methods varied but commonly used locally sourced, materials which became a major influencing contributor to the current unique style of Araluen and the Park.
Dear ABPF members
Urgent notice - Rescheduled Annual General Meeting due to extreme weather warnings.
Please note that due to the Extreme Fire Weather Warnings for Roleystone that the Annual General Meeting will be postponed.
Our esteemed Committee Vice Chairman, John Colwill, has been recognised for his remarkable contributions to horticulture and awarded the distinguished Order of Australia as part of the King's Birthday Honours.
The Order of Austra...
Araluen Botanic Park is proud to announce its sponsorship of two prestigious awards at this year's highly anticipated Perth Garden Festival. The panel of judges for this year's awards comprised of Deryn Thorpe, Andrea Whitely, John Colwill, and Darren S...
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate the efforts of those who give their time and energy to make a positive impact on their community. At Araluen Botanic Park, we are grateful for our amazing...
Araluen Botanic Park’s stunning bushland landscape sets a memorable scene for so many events during the year. With a stunning natural backdrop, and cultivated garden spaces the Park hosts music concerts, treasure hunts, civic events, garden festivals and live art exhibitions. We are a popular picturesque location for weddings and live theatre productions. Below you will find some of the upcoming events and activities being hosted across the Park for you and your family to enjoy. Be sure to check in for the seasonal school holiday activities which always book out quickly.