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    Kings Park & Botanic Garden

    by Drever Written Apr 8, 2014
    Kings Park offers a spectacular view over Perth
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    Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an area of 400 hectares of which 270 hectares is natural bush land. The Garden displays about 2000 of the State's 13000 plant species. The park is a place for recreation and celebration of the State's rich flora. Its position gives it an spectacular elevated view over Perth.

    The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is one of Kings Park newest additions. A 52-metre steel and glass arched bridge spanning the Water Garden Valley is the central feature of the Walkway. At its peak it is 16 metres above the ground. Stretching over 620 meters and taking about 40 minutes return, the walk takes you along the Swan River through many of the parks newly added gardens, Swan River lookouts, and finally though the treetops of the Mari Woodland forest.

    A thoughtful touch is the tree-lined Honour Avenue. Each tree has a plaque dedication to individual soldiers who fought in the wars. There are also the War Memorial and Flame of Remembrance to see.

    A favourite spot for families is the Western Power Parkland. With its mixture of water, playground areas for children of all ages, shady lawns, discovery trails and - on summer evening – outdoor-cinema it provides enjoyment for all the family. If you want to make a day of it, you can bring a picnic, make use of one of the free barbecues or choose to eat at the Zamia Cafe that overlooks the Parkland.

    There are many interesting plants, especially when fitted into the Aboriginal context.
    Of note is the Gija Jumulu (Boab Tree). After travelling 3200km from Telegraph Creek, northern Western Australia, the Gija Jumula arrived here on July 2008. The Aboriginal Gija people of East Kimberley gifted the tree to the people of Western Australia.

    The Balgas supplied the most resources of all plants used by the Aboriginal Nyoogar people. Flowering stems provided both edible nectar and supports for shelters. Dry stems made useful fire sticks. The trunk exuded a resin, which they made into glue by combining it with charcoal and kangaroo dung. Leaf fronds provided thatch for shelters and bedding The leaf base could be eaten.

    Marri trees played a significant role in Nyoogar culture. The red gum oozing from the tree contains tannin, which had antiseptic properties. They powdered it and sprinkled it on to open wounds to prevent bleeding or added to water it made a mouthwash. When mixed with clay and water it made a traditional medicinal drink for dysentery.

    The stately tuart in the park is an example of the largest tree on the Swan Coastal Plain growing up to 40 metres in height. The tough timber made strong wagon wheels and tool handles. Its flower buds are distinctive having swollen bud caps and look like small ice cream cones.

    The park also describes some of the beliefs held by the Aboriginal peoples. In the Aboriginal Dreamtime, the Waugal serpent meanders through the landscape, creating rivers, waterways and lakes on its journey from the hills to the ocean. The rainbow serpent is an ancestral 'deity' of the Nyoogar community.

    The garden also celebrates Women in Western Australia. A limestone wall features a sculptured bas-relief mural depicting women in various stages from infancy to maturity. The mural symbolises the part women played in developing Western Australia. Throughout the garden the theme of celebrating women appears.

    The park and gardens not only a place for recreation and celebration of the State's rich flora it is also a place of education.

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    Tour of Perth

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Mar 23, 2014
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    The one thing I remember about the tour Leslie took us on was the visit to King's Park. My grandmother told me to get out and take photos of the harbor.

    I was asleep for most of the rest of the drive

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    Shakespeare in the Park

    by arianne_1504 Written Jan 22, 2012

    Each summer Shakespeare WA present a series of Shakespearean plays in the confines of Kings Park. It's a great way to spend a summer's evening, take a picnic blanket, some food and wine (byo) and enjoy a choice of performances. Tickets for the 2012 season cost $49 and can be bought at the venue (Women's Pioneer Memorial) and the season runs until the 4th of February 2012.

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    Walkabouts in the Royal Park of Perth

    by leon.partsi Written Nov 6, 2011

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    King's Park is much bigger than you might imagine - about 4 square kilometers in total. There are several walking trails which all have impressive views of Swan River and of Perth City - so don't be picky and try out any one of them.

    All the greenery is very well cared for and the park itself is more or less spotless.

    Perthians seem to be proud of this park, and for good reason. It really is quite lovely.

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    Beautiful park and views of the city

    by sinjabc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walked over to the park from the city. The park is very large. I just wandered around it on my own and took pictures. The cockatoos feeding on the grass were a really treat, as were the sweeping views of the city.

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    Strolling through the Natural Flora & Fauna

    by Alex-Perth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kings Park is like Central Park in New York. A Natural habitat filled with beautiful flora and fauna. You can explore many parts of the park and relax among the flowers and inquisitive ducks. Right near the War Memorial is the whispering seat where you sit at opposite ends of an arched seat, whisper and the other person can hear you clear as a bell.
    For the fitness fanatics, you can run up and down Jacobs Ladder which now has become a regular workout for those that are in traininng, or those that are trying to get back into fitness. Then there is the DNA Tower in Forrest Drive opposite the Botanic Garden where you can see above the treetops. Again this is a steep climb of four levels.
    The Botanic Garden is often used for picnics, plays and entertainers. I saw Norah Jones perform here and Mid Summer's Nights Dream.
    In Summer Kings Park hosts Sunset Cinema,where you grab a blanket and picnic hamper and while under the stars enjoy either an old movie or the latest blockbuster.
    Kings Park has a truly relaxing atmosphere where you can get away from it all.

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    ... green oasis ...

    by vtveen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We walked from the city centre of Perth to Kings Park. From the moment we reached this city park we were really impressed by its beauty with the tree lined roads, green and well maintained lawns, statues and memorials.
    Situated on Mount Eliza a lot of viewing points offer superb views of the city with its skyline of skyscrapers above the Swan River. Perhaps one of the best is Kaarta Gar-up Lookout on Fraser Avenue.

    We saw the very impressive State War Memorial with the eternal flame, the granite obelisk and the bronze plaques with the names of 11.000 (!!!) Australians, who died while serving their country. A dignified place to commemorate these brave men and women.

    We walked through the Botanic Garden and did the Lotterywest Federation Walkway and ended on a terrace for a cup of coffee and to enjoy the sun and the scenery. Nearby is ‘Aspects of Kings Park’, an excellent retail gift shop with art, design and craft consisting of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, wood and printed works.
    Also along Fraser Avenue we found a small Aboriginal Gallery.

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    Kings Park Botanical Gardens

    by northeast80 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    So I must have visited ever Botanical Gardens Australia has to offer, well it seems there's one in ever town I visited.
    The ones in Perth are fantastic, if only for the views you get of the city and the Swan river.
    They have a great tree top walkway where you can look down on the plants, they seem to 'rent' out parts of the park for weddings photos, I saw school groups touring around, there's lakes and ponds, good displays of local and national plants and trees. They have a huge war memorial.
    If you want to walk to the park from the city, remember that it's quite a steep walk, easy if you're fit and healthy.
    No entry fees to pay, they have a good information desk with very helpful advisors a lovely gallery/shop and a cafe where you can sit outdoors, plus fast food outlets, for some reason.

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    Kings Park

    by nora_south_africa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are so many things to see and do in Kings Park, views, walks, open air theatre, restaurant, memorials, BBQ sites, picnic sites... I include a web site that gives a map of park and more info .
    Approx. 1,000 acres or 406 ha.
    The Lotterywest Federation Walkway starts opposite Lord Forrest Statue roundabout on Fraser Avenue and leads down through the Botanic Garden. It is a combination of footpaths, elevated walkway and a glass and steel arched bridge. Closest parking is Forrest car park.
    Free Guided Walks are at 10.00 and 2.00pm daily starting from across the road from the Floral Clock on Fraser Ave.
    Normally the Wildflower Festival is held in late September when the wildflowers are blooming.
    The DNA Tower is in Forrest Drive opposite the Botanic Garden.
    There is a taxi stand behind Fraser's Restaurant. You will need to ring for a taxi. A public telephone is available next to the kiosk.
    Tram leaves from the Tram Stop in the Restaurant Car Park off Fraser Avenue and goes either through the City or through the Park to the University and back. There is a commentary and one may get off at a stop, explore and board a later tram. For more detailed information, speak to the driver
    There is no bike hire in Kings Park. You have to pay for wedding photography in the park, so plz note this .

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    Australia Day Skyshow

    by OneDolphin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    January 26th is Australia Day and is celebrated across the country in many different ways, but all culminating in a grand finale fireworks display. In Perth it's called the Skyshow and is a sponsered event.

    Both river foreshores and Kings Park are packed out for this free day. If you happen to be visiting Perth in January and would like something to do on this public holiday, I would recommend a trip up to Kings Park with your picnic rug and hamper but bring enough food to last for quite a few hours. I usually get to the park around 10.30am to ensure a good spot. If you have children with you, pack a few board games to occupy them whilst waiting for dark. There will be other highlights throughout the day like skydiving, boat racing, aerial acrobatics and more recently a MIG fly over.

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    How to get inside

    by UKDaisy Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    It took me ages to get into Kings Park, as many of the entrances were sealed off (danger of falling rocks). In the end, I went up Jacobs Ladder (a set of stairs - was so out of breath after that climb!) and finally got to the park.

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    Lest We Forget

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walk or drive through Kings Park in Perth and you cannot help but notice the small markers at the base of the trees that line the avenues throughout the park. They're all in rememberance of individual men who lost their lives fighting in WWI and WWII.
    Where you see two together, it's to mark brothers, mates who were inseperable in life or maybe even a father and son who lost their lives in different wars. So many markers, so many lives.

    The cenotaph standing on the edge of the Mt Eliza scarp and visible from all around is the most obvious monument in the park but Western Australians left home to fight for King and Country in many wars and the park is home to many memorials, large and small. Entering the park by the main gate, the first large monument you'll see, over on your left, is the South African War memorial, commemerating the men who fought for the Empire at the very beginning of the 20th century. The most recent addition is the Vietnam Memorial sculpture and pavilion in the middle of the park.

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    Bring the kids

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Time to play
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    Kings Park is Perth's playground - everybody's backyard - and the people of Perth really do make wonderful use of its 1000 hectares of bushland, walking trails and cultivated garden spaces. A favourite spot for families is the Western Power Parkland- a wonderful place for children and adults alike, with its mixture of water, playground areas for children of all ages, shady lawns, discovery trails and - on summer evening - outdoor cinema. If you really want to make a day of it , you can bring a picnic, make use of one of the free barbecues (watch out for cheeky sausage-stealing kookaburras) or choose to eat at the Zamia Cafe that overlooks the Parkland. There's plenty of parking but be prepared for things to be busy at weekends especially - it's become a favourite place for big family gatherings - I said it was an extension of all our own back gardens!

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    Relax in Kings Park

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A superb green Island close to the city center, which offer you a great point of view on Perth and the Swan river. Also an ideal place for a typical Aussie barbie session.

    Just go there to relax or enjoy timeless strolls around the Park. Learn more about WA plant species thanks to the Botanic Garden.

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  • Cinema Under The Stars

    by Anarae Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The past few years have seen a bit of a craze in Perth for 'the outdoor cinema'. It started off with Sunset Cinema in King's Park and there's now about five locations around Perth. The basic idea is a movie screen set up in the outdoors where people can enjoy a picnic and a film on a summer night. It might not sound like much, but it's a pleasant way to pass the evening and all the outdoor cinemas show off a unique part of Perth.

    Movies by Burswood: Right on the river foreshore at the Burswood Casino complex. Tends to play new releases. Bring your own blankets, chairs, etc, or hire them for about $2. Sausage sizzle and licensed bar on site. Beautiful part of the river for walking and picnicking, with sunset city views.

    Luna Outdoor: Attracts an 'arty' crowd and often screens 'arty' movies. VERY uncomfortable so-called deckchairs. However, there's something you have to love about this strange, kitschy tropical garden with a movie screen and bar stuck in the middle of it.

    Sunset Cinema - the original Perth outdoor cinema. Plays a good selection of current flicks and classics. Set in beautiful Kings Park, where there's plenty of playgrounds, native bush and city views. BYO picnic and blankets or buy a gourmet hamper on site.

    There are also several others I haven't visited yet.

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