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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Before coming to Perth it was hard to imagine a 400 ha park in the middle of a city. Still, this is what Kings Park is. I think it is a must for anyone who comes to Perth. I recommend to visit it both during the day and at night. The views of the city are spectacular. You can walk, ride a bike, enjoy an icecream on a terrace, picnic, relax, watch the colourful wildflowers (August to October).... If you are interested to learn a bit more about the park, there are guided walks daily 10am and 2pm.
Whatever you do, don't miss out on visiting King's Park. There are lots of things to see and do here. The park is huge and also offers an opportunity to take some great photos of Perth city. King's Park has 267 ha bushland and a botanic garden.
My favourite spot is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway . The walkway features a 52-metre arched steel and glass bridge which passes through the treetops. From there you can view several wildflower gardens, cross the beautiful water garden valley and enter the marri woodland forest.
Also interesting is Honour Avenue which is tree-lined. Each tree has a plaque and was planted in dedication to individual servicemen who fought in the wars. There are also the War Memorial and Flame of Rememberance to see.
The Park has a visitor information centre, and a cafe, an aboriginal gallery and a small wishing well. Guided walks are available daily from 10am to 2pm.