Parks, Gardens and Reserves Hire
City of Perth offers a variety of parks and gardens suitable for social gatherings, most events, and functions from small community events and corporate functions, to festivals and concerts. Bookings are necessary if you wish to hold an event or organised sporting activity in one of the City’s parks or gardens. Available facilities vary between locations, use our filter system or interactive map to compare parks.
To book one of the City's parks, contact us for availability and then complete an online event application form and carefully select a space that suits your requirements.
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Parks and Gardens
Situated between Victoria Gardens and Gloucester Park, Arden Street Reserve has stunning views of the Swan River and Optus Stadium.
Arden Street Reserve is popular on the weekend for exercise groups and for families wanting to hold picnics with Swan River views in the background. Landscaped lawns and dual-use footpaths make this space an ideal area for a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Continue your walk along the footpaths and you will find the Peace Grove Memorial as well as access to Matagarup Bridge.
Sit high up on this reserve and you’ll get a panoramic view of Burswood and beyond.
Developed in the 1990s as part of Claisebrook Cove Village this inner-city park features natural wetlands, shaded walkways, bridge crossings and lawns.
Claisebrook Cove connects the East Perth community with walkways and underpasses from Victoria Gardens through to Claisebrook Lake. There are numerous cafes, restaurants and apartments overlooking the cove, making this location a vibrant hub, especially on weekends.
Claisebrook Cove is often used for small scale activations, fun runs or charity walks. During December, Claisebrook Cove features the City of Perth's Christmas Lights Trail.
Claisebrook Lake is surrounded by expansive green spaces, walking paths and colourful trees.
With elements of natural wetland, picnic facilities and quaint bridges, the unique space is ideal for social gatherings and community activations. Fitness groups would also appreciate the exercise station and proximity to local cafes for a post-session reward.
Nestled between the heritage-listed Council House building, Government House and Supreme Court of WA, these charming gardens are a perfect location to escape the city bustle for some quiet reflection.
With pristine manicured lawns, spell binding Moreton Bay fig and colourful flowers in bloom annually, Council House Gardens is perfect for wedding ceremonies or small corporate functions.
Just a short stroll from Perth's busy CBD, you’ll find yourself on natures doorstep. With a stunning view of the Swan River, Riverside Foreshore is a popular drawcard for locals, tourists, fitness enthusiasts and avid photographers.
There are plenty of benches and picnic spots along the way to sit and enjoy the calm. Start your stroll at Barrack Square with hotels and restaurants, then walk up to Point Fraser where you’ll discover wetland pathways, outdoor activity hire and even more culinary delights. The wide meandering pathways are well utilised by walkers, runners and cyclists as they to take in the sights. Whichever spot you choose along the foreshore, one thing’s for sure, you won’t be disappointed with the view. Not to mention, it's the best seat in the house for the Australia Day Fireworks show.
Named after architect and former City of Perth Councillor Harold Boas, the gardens are a nature-lovers oasis with cascading rock waterfall, a winding lake, secret gardens and a bridge crossing.
The lake and luscious greenery break the park up into large grassed areas with ample shade for peaceful respite on one of the many park benches. Families can enjoy a picnic, whilst children play on the playground situated on the east of the Park. The gardens are a popular location for wedding ceremonies, and small family functions with four distinct areas to choose from.
A popular picnicking and recreation location right on the shores of the Swan River, JH Abrahams Reserve has extensive grassed and shade areas with play equipment and picnic facilities.
Also known as Pelican Point the reserve is a popular off-lead dog exercise area and is a focal point for recreational activities on the outskirts of the City. With an abundance of space and million dollar views, this hidden gem has plenty of potential for a variety of events and activations. Call us to discuss your ideas!
Picturesque gardens, cascading waterfalls and dense luscious greenery can all be found at the tranquil escape of John Oldham Park.
Accessible via Mounts Bay Road and a part of the Narrows Bridge interchange parkland. John Oldham features walking and cycling paths, park benches and a public barbeque facilities. As you make your way through the tall trees you will catch glimpses of the City architecture from within the wilderness of the reserve.
With many unique locations, the area is ideal for relaxed gatherings and it is easily a firm favourite for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
Stretching almost a kilometre along Riverside Drive, adjacent to the picturesque Swan River, Langley Park is highly sought after and one of Perth's premier event locations.
Home to many iconic annual events, such as Symphony in the City and Australia Day Skyworks and once used as an airstrip in the 1920's and was the launch location for the Red Bull Air Race in 2010. Langley Park is divided in to three bookable spaces and hosts multiple small to large-scale cultural festivals, carnivals and sporting activities.
This venue offers underground services such as power and water, which are strategically placed throughout. Early planning is recommended as bookings are often made a year in advance!
Mardalup Park is rich in history. Once a Noongar camping ground, then a Gas Work site, it is now a place for families and friends to celebrate the beauty of East Perth.
Quietly celebrated by locals as a hidden gem, Mardalup Park features many artworks constructed from materials from the former industrial Gas Works site. Overlooking the Swan River and across from Optus Stadium, the parklands have winding pathways, exercise equipment, barbeque facilities and playgrounds. It’s the perfect spot for an outdoor celebration, picnic and sporting activities.
‘Mardalup’ is a Noongar term for ‘place of small marsupial’.
Just north of Elizabeth Quay is the delightfully compact Narrows Beach Reserve. A sandy Swan River ‘beach oasis'.
Also known as Flag Pole beach, this little known secret can be booked for a unique function or water-inspired activity, such as rowing or sailing regattas. It's a great place to escape the City Centre and enjoy the views. Walking distance from the Elizabeth Quay Train and bus stations, take down a rug, enjoy a picnic by the river and watch the boats pass by or possibly catch the glimpse of a dolphin or two.
One of the City's hidden gems, at the eastern-end of Riverside Drive and surrounded by Lake Vasto, is Ozone Reserve.Ozone Reserve is divided into three bookable spaces, linked by a winding boardwalk over the wetlands of Lake Vasto. Accessible via Plain Street and Adelaide Terrace the spaces have been host to a diverse range of events from music festivals to open air cinemas.
Its location and facilities make it an easy choice for event organisers. Also ideal for social gatherings and community or corporate functions, Ozone features an undercover area, playground, public toilets and barbecues.
Lake Vasto is named after one of the Perth sister cities, Vasto, in the Abruzzi region of Italy. A tourist feature of the reserve is the - Monument to Migrants - an eight-metre high stone and bronze statue that was a gift to the City from the Abruzzese Emigrant Association.
Truly a hidden gem, Point Fraser sits right on the brim of the Swan River.
Point Fraser features a series of pathways and boardwalks with interpretive signage detailing the environmental, historical and cultural trails. You can also hire bikes and canoes, buy a meal, take the kids to the playground or use the public barbecues. Best suited for small gatherings, wedding ceremonies or low impact events such as fun runs, this location has plenty to offer and has parking right on the doorstep.Whether you’re looking for a dining experience, an outdoor activity, or just sit back and enjoy the fresh air, this scenic part of the city doesn’t disappoint.
Queens Gardens is a stunning urban oasis right in the heart of East Perth, with the WACA cricket grounds as a backdrop.
Walking through the beautifully manicured gardens and lakes full of water lilies, is a peaceful escape. Named after Queen Victoria and opened in 1899, Queens Gardens is a stunning urban oasis right in the heart of East Perth. Perfect for wedding ceremonies, the gardens are also ideal for social gatherings and picnics, or just for your own quiet enjoyment. Take a book, park up on the grass and enjoy the beautiful green surrounds.
A beautiful green space offering the perfect balance of light and shade in the entertainment precinct of Northbridge.
Located between Aberdeen & James Street, Russell Square is one of the first areas in Perth to be set aside as a park. The large grassed areas, children's playground and abundance of Moreton Bay Fig trees, make it a perfect place for a picnic. During the summer months, Russell Square is transformed into the Fringe World - Pleasure Garden; a hub for one of the world’s largest art festivals, Perth’s Fringe World, offering local and international live performances, food outlets and free activities.The venue is diverse and available to host wide range of events.
City of Perth wishes to advise that Stirling Gardens is currently unavailable for event/wedding bookings.
Perth’s oldest garden is an ideal space for reflection amongst the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
Located on the corner of St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Stirling Gardens is a tranquil oasis in the centre of the city; offering meandering pathways, beautiful shade, manicured lawns and an extensive range of plants and trees. There are also a number of interesting sculptures, most noticable are the large kangaroos at the North Boundary, iconic gumnut babies - Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the Ore Obelisk and a mosaic water feature.
The stunning Supreme Court Gardens is located close to the Swan River foreshore and vibrant Elizabeth Quay precinct.
It's size and location make it one of Perth's premier event venues. The extensive grassed area is semi-enclosed by mature trees, pathways and garden beds. Office workers spend their lunch breaks soaking up the sun and lounging on the numerous park benches, or for the more adventurous; playing a quick round of soccer or Frisbee. The gardens received an extensive upgrade in 2015 and now hosts several annual public events, most notably, Opera in the Park and the Birak Festival.
Nestled away on the outskirts of West Perth is the charming Totterdell Park.
Located on the corner of Thomas St and Prowse St, just before the Wellington St intersection, the park has a perfect mix of grass, trees and shrubbery to provide a tranquil oasis for nearby residents or office workers to relax in. The playground has a soft fall play area with a large metal play frame featuring slides, climbing nets, ramps, monkey bars and a climbing wall.There’s ample place for kids to kick a footy on the grassed area and lots of space to throw down a picnic rug and enjoy a catch-up with friends and family. Totterdell Park also allows dogs to be off the lead. Small and picturesque, the park is ideal for low impact activities, such as community markets or low-key functions.
Located on the eastern border of the city, Victoria Gardens links the stylish urban surrounds of Claisebrook Cove with stunning views of the Swan river and magnificent Perth Stadium.
In the 1990s the gardens were transformed around the peninsula, retaining many of the trees, like Bunya pine, Southern Mahogany and Eucalyptus Botryoides. The area also features many artworks that celebrate Indigenous history and culture of the area. With adequate parking close by, Victoria Garden’s unique location makes it ideal for pop-up events, functions and gatherings that are small to medium in size.
Wellington Gardens was developed as part of the Perth City Link – urban redevelopment project.
The multi-functional design of Wellington Gardens caters for a variety of events and activities which range from fitness classes, market stalls, pop-up activations or simply lounging in the sun. Right on the doorstep of vibrant cafes and restaurants, there is an array of public art pieces located throughout the Kings Square piazza, including Aboriginal artwork, light installations and sculptures. Located between Perth Arena and Yagan Square, on Telethon Avenue.
Hero image taken by Deep Green Landscaping courtesy of Plan E Landscape Architects.
Located on Wellington Street in East Perth, Wellington Square is now undergoing major revitalisation works, the first major upgrade of the 7.7 hectare park in more than a century.
The Wellington Square Master-plan has received the Landscape Planning category award at the 2019 Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards. Due for completion in late December 2020, the project will deliver new sporting, skate park and event facilities, as well as community amenity such as inter-generational playgrounds, lighting and pathway upgrades.
For further information and regular updates on the progress of Wellington Square, visit Engage Perth.
|Service Type||Hire Booking|
|What you need||Call the Activity Approvals team on (08) 9461 3333 to confirm available dates and booking options.|
Submit an online application for your event or activity to the Activity Approvals team.
Events in parks and gardens are managed and subject to approval by City of Perth.
|Fees||Refer to fees and charges.|
Parks and gardens hire approval process
If your initial application is approved, a step by step process will be sent to you, outlining the required documentation and time frames for you to receive your Event Permit.
The team will work alongside you and with other units at the City, such as: Building Services, Environmental Health, Parks, Waste and Cleaning, Transport and Parking.
The team will also assist in maintaining communication with key stakeholders: such as WA Police Force, Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority.
Why do I need to apply for an Event Permit
An event permit ensures that the event is held in accordance with the City’s Local Laws and State Legislation.
Once you've applied for your application you will also have full support from the Activity Approvals team.
They will guide you through the application process to ensure you run a safe and successful event.
What is the difference between a social gathering and an event
Social gathering refers to an activity that does not require an event permit, due to the low impact of the activity.
The general rule for social gatherings is; expected attendance of under 50 people, infrastructure under 20sqm and no external food or drink supply. If you believe your event falls under the social gathering activity you can fill out the Social Gathering Form on this page.
Approval time frame
Approval of events and assessment of documentation takes time, the below guide is an approximate timeline the applicant can use for when it comes time to submit an application:
- Low impact events: two weeks before event commencement.
- Medium impact events: three months before event commencement.
- High impact events: six months before event commencement.
- Major impact events: six to twelve months before event commencement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other activities in the city will require a permit?
Where can I find out more information about holding an event within the City?
Please refer to the Event Planning Guide for all information on planning and holding an event within the City of Perth. You can also use this page to navigate your way to specific bookable spaces within the CBD.
Where can I find out about the fees and charges to hire an event site?
Please see the City's event fees and charges.
How much area of the reserve can I use for my event?
When submitting an application, you will be required to nominate your preferred event location and supply a site map. The assigned Activity Approvals officer will review your application and assist you in securing the best location within the reserve for your event activities.
Can I access the reserve by vehicle to bump-in and bump-out my event?
Yes, however not all reserves are accessible by vehicle, those that are have specific entry and exit points and conditions for vehicle access. Refer to the venue map under the park or reserve you are hiring for access points. If you require vehicle access to a reserve, you will be required to complete a vehicle access form and schedule, detailing vehicles requiring access and times of access.
Is there accessible power within the reserves?
Some of the City's parks and reserves have power access.You will need to apply for an event permit to use the power at the reserve.
Are there accessible water points within the reserves?
Some of the City’s parks and reserves offer accessible water points. You will need to apply for an event permit to use the water at the reserve.
Are there any other available venues or spaces for hire within the City?
The City invites new and innovative ideas on spaces that may be suitably activated for an event. To discuss your ideas, please contact our Activity Approvals team on (08) 9461 3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org