Whiteman Park is a unique recreation and conservation reserve that covers nearly 4,000 hectares of natural bushland and leisure facilities in Perth’s northern suburbs.
July School Holiday Activities
Bookings are essential on 9209 6000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm).DATE:Tuesday, 3 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 12:15 pmPRICE:$5.00 per childLOCATION: Pavilion
Explore the grounds of Whiteman Park and see what fantastic natural gems are scattered around the parkland. Use your collection to create your own stunning nature-filled photo frame that you can take home to display!
Sessions times are 10.30am and 11.30am.DATE:Wednesday, 4 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 1:30 pmPRICE:$5.00 per childLOCATION: Pavilion
What do you see when you look at the seed pod of a honky nut or a banksia pod? Maybe a fantastical creature made out of those nuts, seeds and leaves? What will you use for its body, head, eyes and ears – will your creation be out of this world? Have a go at this creative and hands-on school holiday experience!
Sessions times are 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.DATE:Thursday, 5 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 1:30 pmPRICE:$10.00 per childLOCATION: Pavilion
Stop and listen quietly, don’t make a sound the bush and its creatures, are hiding all around. Walking in the bush, what would you see? A kangaroo, a cockatoo or a wallaby? Join Bottle Brush and Wattle Seed the Bush Fairies for some bush fairy magic and bush yoga to stretch and bend your body and dip like an emu. Use your imagination and create some bush fashion – will yours be a head piece, belt or even some arm bands? Let your imagination go wild!DATE:Tuesday, 10 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 1:30 pmPRICE: $8.00 per personLOCATION: Revolutions Transport Museum
Join us for a storytelling session all about Ashley and his adventures in Whiteman Park. You’ll then get to explore the Park with a train ride around our beautiful bushland before creating a beautiful bookmark to take home! Your favourite book will love its new bookmark made using delicate leaves and flowers found in the Park.
Sessions times are 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.DATE: Wednesday, 11 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 1:30 pmPRICE:$5.00 per childLOCATION: Pavilion
Did you know that Whiteman Park is home to over 140 native birds species? They use many of the trees and shrubs in the Park for nests and food. During this school holiday program you will learn about the birds that live in the Park and the important role the Park plays for their habitat. Then kids will get to use their creativity to design a bird collage with gum leaves and other natural elements!DATE:Thursday, 12 July 2018TIME:10:30 am – 1:30 pmPRICE:$8.00 per childLOCATION: Pavilion
Get up close and personal with Australia’s fascinating lizards and snakes in this interactive reptile program. You will get to meet local snakes and lizards, with the chance to touch or even hold the reptiles!
Presented by Roaming Reptiles Education
Sessions times are 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.
The History of Whiteman Park
The Park takes its name from Mr Lew Whiteman (1903-1994) who purchased land in the area in 1939 for the purpose of grazing cattle, before developing the popular picnic spot of Mussel Pool in the 1960s.
From 1977 to 1990, landholdings were purchased by the State government from numerous owners, including Mr Whiteman, with the understanding that it be owned and used by the community in perpetuity.
The creation of the parkland also served to protect the Gnangara Water Mound, a vital source of drinking water for the Perth metropolitan area, and create a haven for local flora and fauna.
In 1986, Whiteman Park was officially opened and named in recognition of Mr Whiteman’s pioneering development of the public open space.
Areas west of Beechboro Road and along the Bennett Brook south to the Swan River came under Whiteman Park management in 1999 and 2001.
Transport heritage is a strong cultural theme at Whiteman Park. Nowhere else in Australia can you find an opportunity to experience such a wide range of transport heritage in one place.
Whiteman Park’s transport heritage theme dates back to the 1960s when Lew Whiteman assembled a collection of waggons and machinery on the land he then owned around Mussel Pool.
There are now five independent community groups based at Whiteman Park; each hold significant transport heritage collections and provide rides and displays for visitors. These groups are the:
- Motor Museum of WA,
- Tractor Museum of WA,
- Bus Preservation Society of WA,
- Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association (operating Bennett Brook Railway), and the
- Perth Electric Tramway Society (operating the Whiteman Park Heritage Tramway).
Revolutions Transport Museum is Whiteman Park’s own integrated transport heritage display. The Museum is the storytelling hub of the Park that aims to transform the way we think about transport and how it shapes our lives and our neighbourhoods. Bringing all the modes of land transport together in one place, Revolutions tells stories in the Western Australian context and is also home to the Whiteman Collection. Make Revolutions your first stop on the Transport Heritage Trail.