Located just 30 minutes north of Perth CBD is Wanneroo Botanic Gardens, which boasts to have the biggest mini golf course in Australia with 36 holes located in a stunning setting.
Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is one of the largest and most historic privately owned gardens in Western Australia. The 5 acres of lush gardens feature ponds, hidden streams, beautiful green lawns and various gazebos tucked away among the tropical foliage. It’s a delight to visit at any time of the year. There is a lot of open water around so you do need to keep a close eye on younger children.
Mini Golf is open Tuesday – Wednesday 10am – 5.30pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 9.30pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am – 9.30am. During school and public holidays, it is open 7 days a week from 9am.
Admission rates are $18 adults, $13 children (4 – 15 years) $57 family group (2 adults & 2 children). Children get their own smaller clubs to play with.
There are two 18-hole courses available to play – Botanic Golf and Billiard Golf. Billiard Golf is a tricky little game of deflection. The track surface is slower and the idea of the game is to deflect the ball from the track edge into the hole, just like Pool or Billiards, hence the name Billiard Golf.
Being accompanied by a 7, 6 and 4-year-old we decided to try our hand at the standard mini golf course which winds its way through the gorgeous tropical gardens. Each track is approximately 12 metres long and uniquely shaped with its own obstacles, curves, ramps and other tricky dilemmas.
The course is suitable for all ages – although Miss 4 decided that it was easier for her to get the ball in the hole with her nose!
We played during the school holidays and arrived shortly after opening which meant there were not many people playing before us so we were able to make our way around the course without any hold-ups. I would imagine during busy times you should expect to wait a while to commence playing.
The day we visited was a warm one and I had visions of us frying in the sun but the course is pretty well shaded by the huge trees that fringe it. The majority of the holes have shaded benches or gazebos located next to them.
No outside food or drink can be brought with you and the venue does not allow Eskys and picnics but doesn’t stress if you have worked up a hearty appetite by the end of the course you can head to the onsite Leapfrogs Café, who serve a range of tasty breakfast, lunch & dinner options. I’m a huge fan of their woodfired pizzas that are served from 5pm on Thursdays and from 11.30am Friday to Sunday.
If you are in the mood for a sweet treat after your game there is an ice cream kiosk selling a range of Norgen Vaaz ice-cream plus chocolate, soft drinks, frozen slushies, lollies, fairy floss and popcorn.
We had a great time exploring the gardens after our game. The kids loved discovering all the little bridges that cross the stream that meanders its way through the middle of the gardens.
Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is located at 25 Drovers Place, Wanneroo. Ph: (08) 9405 1475. For more information visit www.wanneroobotanicgardens.com.au
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