Revitalisation of John Forrest National Park

Work is underway on a new day use area at John Forrest National Park in the Perth hills. This will include landscaped gardens, accessible picnic and barbeque facilities, and sealed pathways to the planned park hub complex.

The day use area will have accessible pathways connecting to new picnic and barbeque facilities. The work, which is part of the Western Australian Government’s $17 million transformation of the park, is expected to take up to six months.

Credit: Dept of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

From August, Scenic Drive will be closed for the duration of construction of the new 730-metre access road.

This new road will offer visitors an elevated view over the park to a new dedicated parking area within the natural landscape, amongst the trees. It will take visitors to the West Ridge carpark and amenities plaza, which will be the next component of the improvement project.

The access road, carpark and amenities works are expected to be completed and open in late 2024.

John Forrest, which was Western Australia’s first national park, is a 30-minute drive from Perth, only 24km east of the city.