30 Sep 2020
From hidden beaches to dog-friendly parkland, here are the top spots to throw out a picnic blanket and enjoy of the endless hours of sunshine in and around North Fremantle this summer.
THE NORTH FREMANTLE DOG BEACH – GILL FRASER RESERVE
Address: The end of Johannah St, North Fremantle
Distance from the Black Truffle: 800m, or a 10-minute walk.
Want to take your pooch on your family picnic? The North Fremantle foreshore extending east from the Stirling Bridge is ideal. A dog off lead exercise area, the beach is long and shallow making it great for kids too, and is home to a couple of shady picnic huts. If you’d rather not picnic on the sand, Gill Fraser Reserve – locate adjacent to the beach – is a great place to lay out your picnic spread following a quick dip in the water.
Address: Doepel Street, North Fremantle
Distance from the Black Truffle: 1km, or a 13-mimute walk.
Wedged between the Stirling Bridge and the old Traffic Bridge (just west of the North Fremantle Dog Beach) you’ll find Sorrell Park. This is a great place for a get together with friends and family – it’s relatively quiet, sits right on the Swan River and has a long stretch of well-maintained grass. There’s ample shade, a small protected swim beach and a modest playground with swings.
RUSSELL BROWN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Address: Downey Dr, Mosman Park
Distance from the Black Truffle: 3km, or a 38-minute walk.
While technically in neighbouring Mosman Park, the Russell Brown Adventure Playground is just a stone’s throw from The Black Truffle and can be reached via the footpath that winds through North Fremantle along the Swan River.
Spanning almost 2500 square metres, this incredible park was designed to ensure minimal impact on the natural environment and incorporates the existing trees and natural landforms into its playground features. Truly nirvana for adventurous kids, there’s a water play area, rope swings, cubby holes, sound sensory and sand play features and a natural playground, all made from repurposed and recycled materials.
For picnickers, the shady grassed area overlooking the sparkling river is perfect and better still, there are well-maintained toilet facilities.
Address: Leighton Beach Boulevard
Distance from the Black Truffle: 1km or a 13-minute walk.
Leighton Beach is arguably one of Perth’s best and in recent years, its picnic potential has grown exponentially thanks to the arrival of Bib & Tucker restaurant, Orange Box Café and the Leighton Beach residential and commercial developments.
The beach is wide and clean for those looking to picnic down on the sand, and for those out and about with their four-legged family members, the northern end is also dog-friendly.
At the top of the dunes located next to Bib & Tucker, a large grassed area is fitted with electric barbecues, picnic tables and toilet facilities. There’s a paved cycle footpath leading around the park – it’s perfect for kids’ scooters and bikes. And for those chasing a sneaky ice-cream to chase down lunch, there’s also a kiosk.
Address: The end of Harvest Road, North Fremantle
Distance from the Black Truffle: 850m, or an 11-minute walk.
If it’s privacy you’re chasing, this is the picnic destination for you. Tucked away at the end of Harvest Road you’ll find a hidden North Freo gem – Harvey Beach. Set on the banks of the Swan River at the base of the limestone cliffs, the secluded spot has a small jetty, wide steps leading into the clear water and plenty of shade. There’s even a protected picnic table.
PICK UP A PICNIC HAMPER
Why waste precious time packing your picnic when someone else can do it for you? At The Black Truffle we’ve prepped hundreds of hampers for Perth picnickers, so we know exactly what it takes to create the perfect spread, from afternoon nibbles and grazing boards right through to substantial lunch-time feasts. Designed to share, our hampers even come with environmentally friendly disposable cutlery – simply swing past the store to pick up your picnic and you’re all set. For more information, speak to our friendly staff.