Stirk Park was a favourite of mine, back in the 1980s when I was a kid growing up in the Perth Hills. The park is a popular location in the Kalamunda area for mothers group get-togethers and family picnics as there is lots of open space. The large grassy areas are perfect for ball games and the pretty, mature trees provide plenty of natural shade.
The playground at Stirk Park is set on a mix of sand, grass and soft fall surfaces. The park is suitable for kids of all ages, though there is an unfenced lake and stream nearby, so be mindful of toddlers playing in the area. During spring, there are always lots of fluffy duckling around!
The equipment is pretty basic. There are two swings, a horse merry go round (which I’m sure I rode on when I was a kid!), a slide, round about, small tunnel with balance roller and a purpose made swing for wheelchair users. The playground is not shaded.
There’s also a piece of equipment that kids can spin around on whilst dangling by their arms. Little Chef had lots of fun on this, but did need a lift up to reach the bars.
The playground is fine, but compared to other playgrounds around Perth it has seen better days. A concept plan for future redevelopment of the entire park and playground has been released, which is very exciting. Let’s hope it happens soon.
Overlooking the play area are picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Most of these tables have no shade, so you need to be quick to secure one with a shelter. There are also a few more picnic shelters and BBQ’s throughout the park.
You’ll also find a small stage area, which hosts regular Jazz in the Park concerts and also Candles by Candlelight each year. There are public toilets located in the park and ample parking, found near the play area.
The historical Stirk Cottage, at the southern end of the park, is open to the public each Sunday afternoon 2pm to 4pm. Entry to Kalamunda’s very first house is by gold coin donation.
Stirk Cottage was built in 1881 by Frederick and Elizabeth Stirk. They owned the large property, part of which later became Stirk Park. It’s hard to believe that a family of eleven people lived in this teeny tiny three-roomed cottage!
The cottage was constructed using wattle, daub, jarrah saplings and mud. Inside, you can get an idea how life would have been like for the family over 130 years ago, with many artefacts throughout the cottage.
With its location right in the centre of Kalamunda town, it’s easy to walk to Stirk Park after a trip to one of Kalamunda’s many cafes. The History Village or weekend markets.
Find Stirk Park and Cottage at 12 Kalamunda Rd, Kalamunda, 6076.
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Amanda Carlin has her own blog - The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life. The Chef's Wife LOVES to eat out in our beautiful city and discover new spots to dine. Amanda and Chef love tapas or something a little fancy for date night and with their son "Little Chef" in tow there's plenty of family friendly options too.