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.
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.
Araluen Botanic Park is seeking a tenant in the Chalet Healy Cafe!
If you’re a café or catering business keen to secure a short-term lease, with guaranteed patronage, look no further.
Araluen Botanic Park has joined forces with Nursery and Garden Industry WA (NGIWA) to deliver unique opportunities for the state’s future horticulturists as well as strengthening skills of Araluen’s talented staff through a unique memorandum of understanding e...
The Ultimate Outdoor Classroom
Open 7 days a week, also during school holidays, school groups can explore the Park and organise the ultimate outdoor classroom experience. Araluen is a great place to host science and biology classes, environment & conservation workshops, or to...
Imagine being surrounded by Australian native bushland, ponds and waterfalls, unique rustic facilities, blooming garden beds which make the perfect backdrop for your photos...well, Araluen Botanic Park has it all!
With a variety of unique wedding locations, suitable for ceremonies and receptions,...