Roleystone Travel Guide

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Roleystone Things to Do

  • Totterdell Cottage

    The cottage was constructed in 1931 initially for short term accommodation for visitors as well as honeymoon couples. Later t was used for staff accommodation. In its time, beautiful gardens surrounded the cottage and views could be sought right across the valley. The building fell into disrepair but has been full restored and is now the Parks...

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  • Margaret Simons Pergola

    Just up from the Concourse and the Pool is the Margaret Simons Pergola. This long pergola was erected in memory of Margaret Simons 1860 – 1937 who was the wife of J.J. Simons. The pergola is reported to be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and is made up of huge stone pillars topped with large jarrah logs. Recently it was refurbished...

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  • Araleun

    Araluen… a wonderful treasure set in a lush secluded valley in the Perth Hills, some 35 kms south east of Perth. Araluen is a botanical park known for its tulip showing in the Spring known as the ‘Yates Springtime in Araluen’. Along with the tulips, native wildflowers can be seen throughout the year as well as roses and other blooms. You maybe...

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  • Picnic and BBQ Facilities

    Scattered around the park are plenty of picnic areas, with table as well as electric barbeques which are provided free for visitors on the concourse area. There are also some wood-fired barbeque’s and firewood around the park. .

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  • Entertainment Area

    The Pool and Pergola area provides stone seating and walls which are used for outdoor events such as concerts throughout the year and Christmas Carols in December. Wintertime tends to clutter the pool with debris from surrounding trees.

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  • The Pool

    The Pool or artificial lake was completed in 1940 to replace the old one. On the western side a heavy stone pergola was built with 16 pillars 11ft high and on top, were heavy jarrah logs. The pergola was then draped with magnificent wisteria. Natural stones paved the area.

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  • Water Supply

    The gardens are fed by water from a storage dam on the northern boundary of the park. Water is also released from the Canning Dam from within the park which allows the creek flows throughout the Park all year around. Previously during the summer months, the water flow was either greatly diminished or non-existent.

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  • The Log Cabin

    The Log Cabin was built In 1931 and was built of natural round logs with the floor being of rough stones. The Canadian styled building had a fireplace and a front port which provided a wonderful view of the valley. All that remained of the building in 1990 was the fireplace and some of the foundations. A few roof trusses and window frames were...

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  • Recognised Heritage Site

    Araluen Park is a recognised heritage site, with both the gardens and the structures being viewed as State heritage treasures. The National Trust of Australia (WA) has classified Araleun and the property has been placed on the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places and the Register of the Heritage Council of WA.

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  • The Old Dunnies

    Just up on the hillside beyond the Concourse, as clearly defined, is the ‘Old Dunnies’. This is one of the few buildings in the park that has not as yet been restored. Who knows whether they will be, they are certainly a bit of a hike compared to the newer ones around the park.

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  • Acer Negundo – var Violaceum

    This is one tree that really stood out on the Concourse. This is a purple stemmed Box Elder which grows to a height of 30 ft tree (and 7 ft wide) and produces long clusters of maroon flowers in the spring. The new shoots are maroon.

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  • The Terraced Gardens

    The terraced gardens were started in 1937 and planted with rhododendrons. . They were built with half round recesses at which point English lilac was planted. In 1990 when the Araluen Foundation began restoration of the gardens, there was almost no trace of these terraced gardens. It took the clearing away of tonnes of leaf little, fallen trees and...

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  • Chalet Healy

    Plans for Chalet Healy were drawn up in 1935 as a guest house which was to supply meals and with limited sleeping accommodation with a shop attached. In 1937 the Chalet Healy, named after T.V. Healy of Valcluse NSW, officially opened by the then Governor of W.A. Sir James Mitchell. Healy generously contributed to the building being completed. For...

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  • A Row of Loo’s

    Another very unusual display on the Concourse is the row of white toilets which have been planted with small shrubs. These stand out in contrast to the lush greenness surrounding them.

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  • The Roundhouse

    Known as the Roundhouse, although the building is not actually round, this building sits on the original Youth Australia campsite. The Roundhouse is a gift shop which features anything from brightly colour appliqué to a large range of retail therapy. There are huggable cushions, teddies, frogs, ducks and Australian animals. Tulips of course feature...

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  • Aspro Cottage

    Aspro Cottage is one of the domestic buildings which was constructed in the valley between the late 1920’s and the nearly 1930’s. Natural and locally sourced materials were used in the building of this lovely jarrah cottage. The building has since been restored and will accommodate up to 30 people. There are two small rooms and a large main room...

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  • Entertainment in the Park

    During the “Yates Springtime at Araluen” time will no doubt be find a Sunday to be entertained – this particular Sunday was a young tenor named Jay Weston who put on a wonderful performance singing both popular songs from shows as well as operas.. what a wonderful way to relax in these beautiful surroundings enjoying such beautiful singing.

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  • Boots of Flowers

    One of the unusual novel floral art displays on the concourse is the good old Hill’s Hoist clothesline and dangling from the lines are several old leather boots which have been planted with flowers…

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Roleystone Restaurants

  • Darling Range Brewery

    This small brewery was started in 1992 at the Elizabethan Village which is a local tourist park at Armadale. It was originally known as the Elizabethan Village Brewery but later changed its name to the Darling Range Brewery. Just recently it has been taken over by the Last Drop Brewery chain of breweries whom it used to supply.

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  • The Grape Gallery

    Within the heart of Roleystone is the Grape Gallery. This is a cosy popular restaurant with an indoor and outdoor dining area. Their menu ranges from Lamb Cutlets, Garlic Prawns, Paella to Confit of Duck with a tempting cake and dessert selection. You might want to try the Scottish delicacy Banoffi pie. There is a kids menu also which offers a main...

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Roleystone Transportation

  • To Araluen Botanic Park

    From Perth, take the Kwinana Freeway to Leach Hwy way, then right onto the Albany Highway heading south. Turn left on the Brookton Highway and following the signs past Roleystone Village to Croyden Road.

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  • Getting Around

    For those that need them, there are Electric scooters available on a 2 hour hire as well as wheelchairs which are provided free of charge. A bond is required for both these facilities.

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  • Park Carparks

    There are several car parks at Araleun. There is one at the entry to the park on the western approach and the other on the eastern edge. There is another carpark which is within the grassed and landscaped open space within the gardens. Lining the drives you will also find parking spaces on one side of the road. Location: Araluen, Croydon Road,...

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Roleystone Local Customs

  • Yates Springtime at Araluen

    Every year in August and September Araluen celebrates it's Yates Springtime at Araluen. There is a wonderful display of vibrant Spring blooms from daffodils, jonquils, Azaleas, Camellia’s, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Lilacs and then of course from the end of August you will see the fabulous display of tulips.

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  • Blues Night

    The following weekend in February is the ‘Blues in the Night Concert’. This is the weekend when the best of Western Australia's blues bands play well into the night

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  • February

    An interesting event for W.A. – The Chilli Festival. This is held on or around the 2nd Saturday and Sunday in February. There is plenty of chilli, wine, beer, food and of course entertainment.

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Roleystone Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Written Sep 20, 2005

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    There are various observations that should be adhered to in the park.
    No domestic pets are allowed in the Park.

    Always use the marked walkways and paths and do not walk through garden beds or virgin bush.

    Suitable footwear is urged especially with the paths and steps which can become slippery when wet.

    Swimming is not permitted in the pool or streams.

    You are not allowed to pick plants or flowers no matter how tempting it is.

    Ball games, skateboards or similar are not encouraged activities in the Park.

    Driving through the park, speed is restricted to 15kph

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Roleystone Off The Beaten Path

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    by keeweechic Written Sep 21, 2005

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    Armadale is just south of Roleystone and proclaims itself as Heritage Country and creates many chances to step back in time with their museums and heritage attractions. There are many bed and breakfast facilities in the area as well as caravan parks and chalets. There are also many walking and cycling challenges in the area. The area has great shopping and historical interests sure to meet the criteria of everybody.

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Roleystone Sports & Outdoors

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    by keeweechic Written Sep 20, 2005

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    One of Perth’s most popular golf courses with a setting to totally distract you from you game. Set in a forest setting, this is a 18 hole championship resort course which meanders through the Roleystone Hills and provides views back to the ocean. The course was designed by Roger Mackay and Michael Coate. There are large undulating greens as well as the changes in elevation to negotiate. There are some 65 golf carts available, a driving range, two short game practice areas and two tennis courts just in case you haven’t have enough exercise.

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