Perth Life- Araluen Botanical Park

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Last Monday we went to Araluen Botanical Park aka "heaven in the hills," down in Roleystone 35 km from Perth. I remember visiting Araluen when I was around 10 years old and I remembered it being huge and beautiful with a roaring 'river' going right down the middle of the park. There were boys bodyboarding in the river and my little sister was so entranced by them that she didn't realise we had moved on and our Mother only noticed she was missing 10 minutes later. Luckily she was picked up by some kind ladies and we found her. 14 years later and I am so thankful that the right people found her, children go missing so easily... It's scary.

Araluen is so much smaller than I remember and there is no such river large enough for people to body board down. I wonder if they redesigned the park, because that memory is so clear to me.

Entry was $10 each and parking was plentiful. I was happy to pay the money, especially as it goes towards the upkeep of the beautiful park. All the flower beds were in pristine condition despite the many tourists traipsing through them. Enjoy these photos of the tulips, such fleeting creations of beauty they are. They only bloom for 1 month!

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I was gifted these LOVE Tokyo Tortoise sunglasses from ClearlyAu. They are the largest pair of sunnies I own and they are also the lightest and most comfortable. They have adjustable nose pegs which stop the bottom of the frames from resting on my cheeks (asian problems) and they hardly leave a mark on my nose bridge! I absolutely love them and have been wearing them almost non-stop.

Above is the infinity ring from Michael Hill that I bought for my sister and I because she's gone to China for a year. I miss her dearly. 

The 'river' was more like a creek. We stopped and ate a romantic lunch of Brumby's meat pies by the bank of the creek. I would definitely recommend packing a picnic instead. The weather was glorious and I had to stop Yanto from falling asleep on the grass numerous times. Looking back on it, we should have just slept!

I fell in love with this tree! It looks like an Australian version of a cherry blossom.

It was a wonderful day to connect and simply focus on the beauty surrounding us. It's hard not to be in awe in the presence of such vibrant colour and growth. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
Love x.

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