Whiteman Park

Whiteman Park is a 4000-hectare/40-square-kilometre (10,000-acre/15 mi²) bushland area located 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of the Perth CBD. Located within Whiteman Park are bushwalking trails, bike paths, sports facilities, playgrounds, a tram on a 4 kilometre (2.5 mi) circular track, motor and tractor museums, and Caversham Wildlife Park.

It encompasses within itself the source of Bennett Brook – an important nyoongar location, and source of mythology of the Wagyl and stories about aboriginal occupancy of the area 

Whiteman Park is known for its biodiversity, including over 450 endemic plants and more than 120 vertebrate animals (some of which are rare and endangered). Over 17% of Western Australian bird species occur in Whiteman Park, including migratory birds attracted to the habitat provided by Bennett Brook and associated wetlands including Grogan’s Swamp, a Conservation Category Wetland.

The state government purchased the land from a variety of private owners in 1978, to protect the underlying aquifer as a drinking water source for Perth. The major owner was Lew Whiteman (1903–1994), after whom the park is named.

Whiteman Park includes bushwalking trails, bike paths, sports facilities and playgrounds.

The park is also host to heritage transport groups and their collections. 

  • The Perth Electric Tramway Society runs 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) electric tram journey around the park, running a tram that used to be in service on the Fremantle network.

  • Caversham Wildlife Park

  • Bennett Brook Railway

  • The Tractor Museum of Western Australia

  • The Western Australian Motor Museum 

  • Bus Preservation Society of Western Australia

  • Revolutions Transport Museum 

The park provides essential breeding and feeding habitats for these itinerant species as well as a natural area within the surrounding urban environment where mammals, birds and reptiles can thrive. The Park is a refuge for:

  • Over 100 bird species, including the wedge-tailed eagle, from which the Park takes its logo;

  • Over 150 invertebrate species;

  • Seven amphibian species, including the clicking Crinia and the motorbike frog.

  • 32 reptile species, including the bearded dragon, king skink and long necked turtle.

  • Eight mammal species, including the western grey kangaroo, honey possum, southern brown bandicoot, black gloved wallaby and short-billed echidna.

  • Visitors are able to experience the bushland wonders all year round. With over 400 plant species identified within the Park, including declared rare flora, there are numerous plants that will provide shows of colour throughout the seasons.

Fields of paper daisies can be enjoyed from afar, while for those eager to get down and close to nature, a wealth of orchids, trigger plants and delicate fungi may be spied when on the many walk trails that traverse the conservation area. The canopy trees, Banksia is the most common along with eucalyptus being its other major species

There is a choice of Village shops available too, in order for you to buy your necessary souvenirs. The speciality shops include stuff from art pieces to hand crafts, pottery, lollies and more all inside the Handcraft centre, Printshop and the Lolly shop respectively.

For all the right reason, Whiteman Park is one of the top attractions in Perth and with ample tourists visiting there everyaday.