The Secret Garden
Just thirteen minutes drive north of Perth there’s a secret garden amongst suburbia that would be missed unless specifically looked for.
Driving past it just looks like a bunch of trees every estate has to keep it looking green, but if you wander in, you’ll discover the most beautiful garden.
At the entrance there’s a small pond you have to cross by walking over a log. Once across, you’ll feel like you’re not in Perth anymore. Lush green vines have taken over, draping from the trees and covering almost everything. Small mud paths and pressed fallen leaves lead you throughout the garden, and the occasional fallen tree engulfed in leaves add to its magic.
Hours could be spent here taking photos if you’re not afraid of getting your feet dirty. I stupidly wore my brand new white shoes, having to give them a bit of a scrub when I got home. Surprisingly for a wetland, there weren’t many midgies or mosquitoes around.
To get there, type ‘Secret Garden Gwelup’ into apple maps and it recognises the place. If you don’t have apple maps, the garden is in Gwelup, drive along Balcatta Rd, turn right at the roundabout and it’s just to the right (usually a bin overflowing with rubbish is out the front).
I don’t recommend bringing your dog, I have learned from my mistake and will leave him at home next time. There is too much mud and it is quite deep, my dog got stuck up to his elbows.
I think the best time to visit the secret garden is during the week when there are less people around. Weekends and school holidays have a few more people there, it’s less peaceful, and it’s harder to take a good photo. If you can only go on a weekend, I recommend earlier in the morning.