* Water Playground (Seasonal) * Dog Exercise Area * Shaded Picnic Areas * BBQ's * Free Parking * Huge Playground * Museums *Tram Rides *Train Rides * Cafe * Wildlfe Park * Basketball Court * Tennis Court* Dogs On A Lead Allowed
Whiteman Park is located in the famous Swan Valley region, just 30 mins drive north east of Perth. - and we think it's one of the best value things to do in Perth! Entry to Whiteman Park is free, and there are lots of free things to do & cheap things to do, as well as the amazing Caversham Wildlife Park & several museums where entry fees apply.
We'll take you through our day at Whiteman Park, we didn't get to do everything, but we are looking forward to visiting again to check out the rest of what Whiteman Park has to offer.
(FREE) Open Seasonally Oct-Apr between 10 & 5pm
Being a hot day we started with a dip and a play at the water playground located in Whiteman Village. It's free to use is a 300m pool with fun water sprays to run under. It's a great way to keep cool because it can get really hot out here in summer. There's also a small playground outside the fenced area. There's no shade over the water playground but lots of shade around it within the water playground fenced area so you can set up your picnic lunch and watch the kids play or jump in and cool off yourself. After cooling off we decided to ride the Tram up to Revolutions Museum.
Tram Runs 12-2pm Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Public & School Holidays (except Christmas Day). Does not operate on higher fire danger days.
Enjoy a ride on an original tram, they have been kept in their original condition so you get to see what it was like to ride a tram back in the day. The Tram starts at the Village Train Station, right near the water playground and across from the Village Cafe.It them goes up to Mussel Pool, back through the village up to the Village Junction Station and then back to Whiteman Village, every 30 mins. You'll get some interesting Whiteman Park history information during your trip and you might get to see some kangaroos along the way too.
The trams are run by volunteers of the Perth Electric Tram Society and your ticket fees go toward the maintenance and running of these wonderfully preserved trams. We got off at the Village Junction Station and headed across the railway line to Revolutions Museum. Tickets $5 Adults $2.50 kids
Entry by donation, open daily 10-4pm (except Christmas & Boxing Day). Free school holiday activities
We first enjoyed a short film, about 8 mins, on the history of transport in WA. My 7yo boy enjoyed the film and recalled what he had seen in the film as we walked around the museum. There are lots of interactive displays too.
It's a bit of an eery feel as you walk into this old tram with some pretend meat hanging in the corner (above). There are some recorded sounds playing too which we later realised were from the cute little dog in the vent at the front of the tram (left)
You can sit in this old holden and press the buttons to turn on the lights, change the gears, and turn the ignition to hear a recorded sound of the engine running! Or have your photo sitting on an old horse drawn cart like the one's seen in the short film on transport history.
We thoroughly enjoyed the free school holiday activities too. The kids had to answer questions by looking for the answers around the museum and find the pieces of donkey tail also found around the museum to enter the competition to win some great prizes. My son also enjoyed making his donkey ears and tail which he wore the whole way home!
Open 8.30-6pm daily
We then took in a nice shady walk from Revolutions Museum back to Whiteman Village, it's only about 500m. There were lots of kids on scooters, which is a great way to get around the Whiteman Village area.
The huge playground is well shaded with a shade sail and natural shade and was completely replaced in mid 2016. There are lots of shelters and bbq's near here so it's a great place to set up for the day. You can book the shelters for family gatherings and parties etc. Find our more about hiring facilities here. The water playground and cafe is only a short walk from here.
#5 Whiteman Village - Open Wed-Sun (Closed Christmas Day & Melbourne Cup Day) 11-3pm
It was a pretty hot day, so we were ready to head home, but we made a stop into The Lolly Stop to get a little treat before we left. This is just a short walk from the playground. There is a great range of gifts and lollies here, that includes a lolly selection where you pay by weight.
Dog Exercise Area, near Mussel Pool Carpark #23
Located near Mussel Pool, the dog exercise area is fully fenced, has obstacles, water troughs, lots of shade and seating. There is also a separately fenced small dog area. Dogs are welcome throughout Whiteman Park but must be kept on a lead outside of the Dog Park area.
Open Wed, Sat & Sun, School & Public Holidays (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day), 10-3pm
Entry is by donation, see dozens of relics from WA's agricultural history on display
Open everyday 10-4pm, Sundays/Public Holidays 10-5pm. Christmas Day 12-5pm
Entry fees apply - Adults $10, Kids $7, Family Pass $25. From the horse drawn day to the present, Motor displays across this timespan
Open Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun, School & Public Holidays min running times 11-1pm
Adults $7, Kids $4, Toddlers $2 - see website for running times as they vary for weekends, weekdays and school holidays. Enjoy a scenic trip on a steam or diesel train - from Village Junction Station, just a short walk from Whiteman Village.
Note: trains do not run on higher fire danger days
Children's Forest - FREE, 8.30-6pm everyday
Halfway between Whiteman Village and Mussel Pool, explore the many wonders of the forest
You can get around the park by driving, catching the tram, hiring a go kart, walking or riding your bikes or scooters. The distance between Mussel Pool and Whiteman Village is just over 1km and makes a nice family ride - so you might like to bring your bikes and along. There are so many things to do at Whiteman Park you'll need to visit a few times to see and do it all. Head to their website for maps and a full list of attractions and events - www.whitemanpark.com.au
How to Get There: Lot 99 Lord St, Whiteman
What to bring:
Hats, sunscreen, bathers (if water playground running), scooters, bikes, picnic or bbq lunch, ball to kick around, basketball and tennis racquets (basketball & tennis court in Whiteman Village).
Whiteman Park is surrounded by bushland so you may want to reconsider your visit during a very high or extreme fire danger. The trams & trains do not run during higher fire danger days. Check the current fire danger here.
There is obviously a risk of snakes throughout the park, so closely supervise children and keep to footpaths as much as possible.
Posted by Kids Around Perth Reporter Lauren, 21st January 2014. Updated 12th December 2016