Springtime at Araluen

Spring has well and truly sprung and Araluen is blooming. Araluen Botanic Park is a hidden gem, featuring a diverse range of exotic and native species of plants. Occupying 59 hectares, set amongst a native backdrop of Eucalyptus, Marri and Blackbutt trees are delightful developed gardens.

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I have visited Araluen many times, in all seasons, but nothing tops a warm spring day meandering around the multitude of winding paths admiring the sea of tulips.

First planted on the terraces of the Grove of the Unforgotten in 1934 the massed plantings are now home to Perth’s largest display of tulips. Flourishing amongst the native backdrop you can delight your senses on an enchanting journey through 145,000 tulips. You will find tulips hidden in every corner of the park, highlighting stunning bursts of colour from the 80 varieties of tulips.

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But it’s not only tulips you will find at Araluen, they have internationally recognized Camellias, tea roses, colourful annuals, gracefully mature magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies and waratahs. The sweet scent of the Magnolias in full bloom lure you through the park and the gorgeous colours make the stroll most enjoyable.

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It is so relaxing to wander over bridges with softly cascading waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery with a picnic on the large grassed areas. It is essential to set aside several hours for rambling through the many walkways, up through the hillside, admiring the beautiful gardens, natural waterfalls and impressive displays of tulips. There are many park benches strategically placed throughout the park to rest your weary legs.

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The bulbs are stored in the cool room until the end of May ready for the massed spring bulb plantings that take place in June. They do a double plant into each hole, where they plant two different varieties of bulbs. This gives five weeks of flowering instead of three as the first ones flower, then the second spot through for mixed colour and once the first have died down it leaves the second variety to take over.

Tulips are a brilliant spring flowering waterwise plant because they grow when the water is available in the soil and die back when the soils dry, in harmony with the environmental extremes.

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It is definitely worth a visit to see Araluen ablaze in colour, but be warned, the crowds flock to Araluen to see the spectacular display. There is ample parking at Araluen and the fees are reasonable. Once inside take your time wandering around to enjoy and appreciate the impressive display.

Araluen Botanic Park is a slice of greenery amidst the bushlands of Roleystone, the lush tulips are like a make-believe world, where we could almost believe we are somewhere in Holland. Understandably, most people look at tulips and think of the Dutch, but just like Melbourne has the Tesselaar Tulip Festival and Canberra has Floriade, next time you see tulips you can think of Perth and the breathtakingly beautiful, Heaven in the Hills.

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Have you been to Araluen and seen the tulips? Does this sound like an ideal place to relax and escape to a green space?

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19 Responses

  1. Gorgeous photos! Look at the incredible range of colors. I’ve never heard of Araluen but definitely adding it to my places to visit in the future.

  2. So beautiful! Nice to see some spring as we are currently in the Canadian Rockies and there is snow! ~ Jessica
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  3. Beautful views… esp those tulips!

  4. Those are gorgeous tulips — and so many of them, too! It’s the wrong climate for tulips where I live, so I have never seen a mass of them like in your photos. I love looking at flowers and taking photos of them, so I think I’d really enjoy a visit to Araluen.
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  5. eileen g says:

    Gorgeous! I love tulips, and the effect when there are masses of them is really spectacular. #wkendtravelsinspiration

  6. Corinne says:

    Omigosh! Your flower photos are stunning. My favorite is the one with the rusty truck. Who can pass up a rusty anything? Love it.
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  7. Just beautiful. I do like flowers.
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  8. Anne says:

    I love Araluen but have not been to see the tulips this spring.

  9. Upeksha says:

    Ahhh, so pretty. I visited many years ago and still have vivid memories of fields and fields of beautiful flowers. So colourful. #theweeklypostcard

  10. Anna says:

    Never been to Araluen, but these flowers look magical, especially tulips! such a colorful Botanic Park!

  11. We visited Araluen several years back – yes those tulips and wildflowers are beautiful but I found reading about the history of the gardens really interesting.
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  12. Gorgeous pics! Especially all those tulips! Happy spring 🙂 #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  13. Ruth says:

    This is so gorgeous! I wish a place like this would be close to were I live. I mean, we have botanical gardens but the bushes and flowers are different.

  14. Oh wow, your blog just gives me itchy feet! Making me want to travel all over again!!! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  15. Shobha says:

    Wow! so many tulips. I keep forgetting it is Spring in the Southern Hemisphere and this makes me nostalgic for spring in the Netherlands. But we’ll have to get through winter first!

  16. Yes, the gardens sound like the ideal place to spend some quiet time. Have you visited the tulip festival in Canberra? I haven’t myself but immediately thought of Canberra on seeing your bright gorgeous photos. #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  17. Oh wow Lyn – stunning, stunning, stunning photos of the beautiful tulips and magnolias! I just LOVE flowers and these are so very beautiful 🙂
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  18. Beautiful photos! I hope you enjoyed Araluen as much as we did.
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  19. Ahila says:

    That’s so pretty! Such a lovely botanical garden to escape to!

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