Araluen Botanic Park

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.

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Upcoming Events

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.


Hiking at Araluen Botanic Park
Hiking at Araluen Botanic Park
23 December 2021

Araluen Botanic Park has recently welcomed Scherri-Lee and Kate Gibson for a beautiful day of hiking at the Park!

Located within 59 hectares of West Australian native forest, the Park is not only home of thousands of native and exotic plants, hosting romantic garden weddings all year-round and on...

Carols by Torchlight at Araluen
Carols by Torchlight at Araluen
15 December 2021

On the 11th of December, we welcomed approximately 1000 people at our annual Carols by Torchlight event in the Amphitheatre. It was a very joyful event, where families enjoyed delicious treats while singing along to the sweet sounds of Christmas carols, performed by the Christmas Choirs of the Roley...

Extreme Weather Warning Notice
Extreme Weather Warning Notice
15 December 2021

January is one of the hottest months of the year at Araluen Botanic Park with easterly winds it is easily the driest month. This extreme weather increases fire risks, but it also means that the vivid blue skies become clearer which makes the Park a very popular destination for the school holidays.

Remembrance Day Service
Remembrance Day Service
15 November 2021

On the 11th of November, we hosted a moving memorial service to commemorate our fallen soldiers. The place of the service, the Grove of the Unforgotten, serves as an importance place for reflection in our Park, as it was established in 1930’s and dedicated to the memory of 89 members of the Young Au...

Experience Augmented Reality
Experience Augmented Reality
23 September 2021

Watch in wonder as the children enter a digital world before your eyes, chasing fairies, catching frogs and more!

Araluen Botanic Park has launched a new fun experience, which allow visitors to be taken into a different dimensions of the park, using augmented reality filters.

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