Unofficial Tulip Festival

Posted in - Cake & Coffee on August 17th 2012 0 Comments blackforest cake

It has been a hectic couple of months, moving into a friend’s house temporarily, placing every personal possession into storage and renovating our apartment. Tasks continue to build up. Driving out of the city and into the hills was exactly what we needed this Sunday morning, to see the colourful tulips against the native Australian backdrop.

Chalet Healy Tea Rooms is located at The Araluen Botanic Park in the Perth Hills, just a 40 minute drive from the City.

Araluen is picturesque and tranquil, it’s gardens span for hectares containing Australian and international fauna. Most people come to Araluen to picnic and relax on the perfectly manicured green lawns. There are walking trails to wander and even a little choo choo train that chugs excited kids around the park. There are free BBQ’s to use as well as a few tearooms and a mobile coffee and hot dog van.

The Chalet Healy Tea Rooms sit high on the valley providing some beautiful views. We arrived early and although all the staff were around they would not serve us until opening time. Funnily enough we were not the only ones early either, a  real shame the staff were not willing to be proactive, we only wanted a cup of coffee and cake! Recently a  lot of attention has been received from another cafe in a similar situation, except it was the Perth mayor that happened to be the customer!

As beautiful as the surroundings were, the coffee and cake served to us was fairly average. If anything stop past for a coffee just to take in the view and park surroundings.

Sign

The Chalet Healy Tea Rooms resemble a log cabin that you would find in the mountains. An old Wisteria covers the front porch area.

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Long Mac

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Cappuccino

coffee

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake

Blackforest Cake

blackforest cake

The beautiful view from the cafe – worth the coffee I think!

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‘Tulips, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Daphnes, Roses and millions of bulbs all flourish amongst the Eucalyptus, including Marri, Blackbutt, Flooded Gum, Karri, Tuart and Jarrah trees in our magnificent 59 hectare garden and surrounds. Araluen is truly a garden lover’s paradise.’ Araluen Botanic Park

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 Looking down into the valley, this is only a small part of the park and gardens.

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The tulips are a must see, it was a lot of fun snapping pictures of them. Every March hundreds of thousands of bulbs are planted by volunteers and a few months later they bloom into spectacular flowers.

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Beautiful combinations of colours against the native Australia backdrop.

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red and yellow tulips

A small creek cuts through the park.

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To reach the tea rooms, park in the first carpark! Arrive early as it does get busy at around lunch time. The tea rooms open from 10.00 am.

Location:

Araluen Botanic Park
362 Croyden Road
Roleystone WA 6111

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