Araluen Botanic Park
|Araluen Botanic Park|
|Location||Roleystone, Western Australia|
|Area||59 ha (150 acres)|
|Owned by||Araluen Botanic Park Foundation|
Araluen Botanical Park is located in a sheltered valley in the Darling Ranges approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Perth, Western Australia, in the suburb of Roleystone. The Botanical Park covers an area of about 59 hectares (150 acres). There is a small entry fee to the park, and it is open every day of the year. There is a mixture of exotic plant varieties, however the park also contains many remnants of native bush.
Jack Simons bought the property in 1929 on behalf of the Young Australia League to use as a Holiday Camp. The YAL put the Araluen Botanic Gardens up for sale in 1985 (but retained Camp Simons). A private investor was going to redevelop the land, however the local communities rallied the State government to purchase the Park. Encouraged by strong community support, the State Government purchased the Park in 1990. The Araluen Botanic Park Foundation (Inc.) became incorporated in July 1990 with the aim of working with the WA Planning Commission to restore the Park. Since 1995, the Foundation has managed the Park under lease from the Commission.
Facilities include a gift shop, cafe with tearooms and function centre, parking, toilets, a miniature train and walkways. The old swimming pool is now a lake and the diving board has been removed.
Araluen hosts annual events, including the Tulip Festival in Spring and the Fremantle Chilli Festival in Summer at Fremantle Esplanade and the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. From 1997 till 2007 an annual Folk Music Festival was also held each Spring in Araluen. Children's Activity Days are held during school holidays. Araluen recently sponsored the ANZMAC Mid-year Doctoral Colloquium Event.
- "Araluen Botanic Park". Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens. Australian National Botanic Gardens. Archived from the original on 3 January 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- Roleybushcare website
- "About Araluen - The Story of Araluen". Araluen Botanic Park website. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- Araluen Folk Festival website
- Children's Activity Days website
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