Wireless Hill Park
This natural bushland area boasts a magnificent springtime wildflower display. Three lookout towers provide views of the Swan River and the city skyline. A Telecommunications Museum is housed in the original Wireless Station and is open noon–3pm Sunday, 10am–1pm Wednesday and by appointment. Almondbury Rd, Ardross; (08) 9364 0158.
Point Walter Reserve
This recreation area on the river is a pleasant spot for a picnic. Pick a shady peppermint tree by the water’s edge to sit under and watch children paddling in the river. A kiosk, cafe, free barbecue facilities and children’s playground area are nearby. Stroll out on the jetty to see what’s biting, and walk out on the huge sandbar for great views both up and down river. Honour Ave, Bicton.
Point Heathcote Reserve
Cross the Canning River – a large tributary of the Swan River – via Canning Bridge and wind your way through the affluent suburb of Applecross to Point Heathcote Reserve on Duncraig Road. This hilltop parkland area, which includes a local museum, art gallery, restaurant, kiosk and free barbecue facilities, is the best spot south of the Swan for sweeping views of the river and city.