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Hyde Park functions as a getaway for both local birdlife and the people of Perth. Within it are two lakes with islands, which are home to breeding birds. Spot cormorants, egrets and ibises flying in and out, and long-necked green turtles bobbing around the lake. You’ll also find many mature, shady trees, including Moreton Bay and Port Jackson figs and creeping purple jacarandas.
The park is also frequently used for birthdays, weddings and events. The park is partitioned off into 17 zones, each of which can be booked exclusively. This includes a gazebo and picnic and barbecue facilities. Many parts book out in the summer months, so try to make a reservation well ahead if you can.
Hyde Park’s playgrounds are also loved by children, particularly its water playground on hot summer days. Installed in 2012, the aqua play space features water pumps, spray guns, fountains and soft flooring. In early March you’ll also find the annual Hyde Park Fair, which is one of Perth’s longest-running free community events.