Drive about 20km north-east of Perth and you will find a 4,000 hectare bushland conservation area that boasts a wide range of different activities for all the family, including a water park and a motor museum.
Purchased in 1978 by the State Government from a variety of private land owners, with the biggest being Lew Whiteman, the idea was to protect an underlying aquifer as a drinking water source for Perth. The Park was officially opened in 1986 and was named after Mr Whiteman.
Caversham Wildlife Park
With all the popular native Australian animals for you to meet – Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats, Wallabies and lots more – the Wildlife Park is a big hit with tourists and Perth locals. Head to www.cavershamwildlife.com.au for more details.
For a lot of the year, October through to April, you will also find the Park packed with families making use of the mini pool playground that is located near to the Whiteman Village centre with its café, playground and BBQ picnic areas.
At the weekends you will see different groups of families and friends holding birthday parties and other special occasions under the shade of the Park’s picnic shelters.
Whiteman also caters heavily for Transport enthusiasts of all types. With the Motor Museum of WA, Tractor Museum, Bus Preservation Society, Light Railway Preservation Association and the Perth Electric Tramway Society you will be spoilt for choice if you like transport heritage. There is even a railway and tramway that run through Whiteman Park and on various days of the week you can catch a ride on them.
If all that isn’t enough to keep you occupied then there is also an Art Gallery, Pottery and Handcraft Centre, Birds of Prey arena, Cricket Pitch and Tennis Court as well as numerous cycling and walking trails.
The easiest way to get to Whiteman Park is by car with the trip from central Perth only taking 25 minutes and there is ample parking. Alternatively during the week you can catch the train to Bassendean and grab either the 955 or 956 bus to the park entrance where you can call the courtesy bus to pick you up.
An easy way to get to Caversham Wildlife Park is the new Shuttle Bus run by Explore Tours Perth. This Shuttle Bus runs Tuesday to Sunday collecting passengers from city hotels and apartments and dropping at the door of Caversham Wildlife Park. The price includes your entry to Caversham Wildlife Park. After you have enjoyed your morning’s visit, the Shuttle Bus will collect you and drop you back at your hotel. Book your Caversham Wildlife Park Shuttle Bus here.
However you choose to get there, Whiteman Park is a fantastic and affordable day out for both tourists and Perth residents alike.
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