One of the most popular place among the Aussie and tourists . Trip to Perth will not be complete without visiting Kings Park.
Great place to take picture of Perth city and the Swan River. The best time to visit is during spring time, when the wildflowers are fully blossom.
A very nicely laid out and maintained park, located high up looking out over the river and city of Perth. The botanical gardens contain a good selection of Australian wildflowers. There are memorials to Australian servicemen that died in conflict and a new memorial to the victims of the Bali bombing that was opened while I was there.
The walkway through the treetops is good and offers great views - see travelogue.
Kings park is wonderful. It gives examples of all the flora in Australia. The animal life here is great as well.
There is a lot to see and do here with the elevated walks, the grounds, the fountains, the memorials and much more.
I was driving around the perimeter and that by itself, took me at least 5-7 minutes to get to the road leading up to the park. The park, makes up of more than 1,000 acres of land, is truly huge! This is also the largest inner city park in the world. More than enough space for my children to do crazy things such as roll downhill.
Though there are many people there, the place still accord visitors with peace and true serenity. So take your time to soak in the atmosphere and scenery.
This precinct comprises the Cenotaph, Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection.
The Court of Contemplation commemorates the conflicts in which Western Australians have been involved. Dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, the walls feature the names of major battlefields.
The Flame of Remembrance, located in the Pool of Reflection, was lit by Her Majesty during a visit in 2000. The four torches represent the Navy, Army, Air Force and Women's Services and burns continuously.
A dawn service is held at 05:30 on 25 April (Anzac Day) each year.
Kings park offers a selection of activities, as well as an opportunity to just sit, relax, enjoy a picnic and take in the great views of Perth city.
I would recommend the guided walk through the park, the free walks are led by Kings Park Guides who are very knowledgeable on their subject. They depart daily from Fraser Avenue (outside Aspects of Kings Park) at 10:00 and 14:00 (bookings are not necessary for groups of less than 10 people). The walks run throughout the year, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Since I was last here the park has had some new bridges added, they take the slog out of getting around the park, which is mainly hills. This means new views to be had and new photo opportunities.
Great views over the city and the Swan River.
I imagine it would be difficult to visit Perth and not go to Kings Park and this wonderful botanical garden..and what a fantastic location. after 175ha being set aside for "public use"IN 1837 later 400 ha was designated a public park in 1890..originally named "Perth Park it was re-named Kings Park after the asseccion of King Edward VII to the British throne in 1901... such a wonderful place of serenity so close to the city centre.The views over the Swan River and the city skyline are marvellous from this location...This Park is also dedicated to all the military personell lost in the wars and a wonderful war Memorial is located here that overlooks the city.close by are many different memorials to Australias military campaigns and lost soldiers and personnell...Located here in this huge park also is the wonderful Botanical Gardens with such a huge bio diversity of trees plants and flowers..lovely waterways miander through the parkland with many places to sit and enjoy a picnic or just read a book in the coolness of the Perth summer recently a skywalk through the trees has been added to this serene area..
Kings Park is such a relaxing place with a beautiful scenery over Perth. It is easy to spend hours here connecting yourself with nature. There are walking and cycling paths in this big park. You can check the website for more details on paths. One of the major attractions of Kings Park is Gija Jumulu. This giant boab tree, which is approximately 750 years old and weighs 36 tonnes, was relocated from Warmun to Kings Park after a long journey of 3200 km. It is not easy to miss this old giant. If you have time, try to take some of the paths.
THE VIEW of Perth, the one inevitable view that every visitor must have a photo of, is the view of the city centre skyline and the river from the lookout in Kings Park. The appearance changes throughout the day with the changing light. At night it is even more impressive.
Don't miss going up at least once in the daytime and once at night. The place is busy enough in the evening after dark, no worries.
If you have no tripod, the stone balustrade of the platform makes a good tripod substitute.
Kings Park should be on your definate 'must see' list! With stunning views over Perth, fascinating trees, gorgeous wildflowers, pretty waterfalls and ponds with ducks, variety of bird sounds, peaceful meandering creek and picturesque bridge walk.
Gija Jumulu is a giant boab tree which needed to be relocated due to works on the Great Northern Highway and has journeyed over 3200 kilometres, from Warmun in WA's Kimberley region, to Kings Park in Perth and attracted world-wide media coverage. Jumulu is estimated to be 750 years old, weighs 36 tonnes and stretches 14 metres high and eight metres wide (branch span). Its trunk measures 2.5 metres in diameter.
Now known as 'Gija Jumulu', the tree is a special gift to all Western Australians from the local Indigenous people, the Gija, who are the traditional land owners. They performed a farewell ceremony to the Jumulu (boab in Gija language) on Monday, 14 July.
From Monday, 14 July, the tree travelled along the Great Northern and Brand Highways, passing through numerous regional centres, including Fitzroy Crossing, Port Hedland, Meekatharra, Cue, Eneabba and Muchea, before arriving in Perth's outer suburbs. Along the way, almost entire towns came out to see Gija Julumu and people honked horns and waved the whole way down. The boab arrived at its new home in the heart of Kings Park on Saturday, 19 July.
The giant boab was officially planted on Sunday 20 July in the Two Rivers Lookout, at the end of Forrest Carpark in front of a crowd of over 3,000 people. The crowd was addressed by the Minister for the Environment; Climate Change and Peel, the Hon. David Templeman who acknowledged all involved. A smoking ceremony was performed by the local Nyoongar community to welcome the tree and mark the special occasion.
Kings Park is about 1000acres or about 400ha in size. There are plenty of walkways and scenic areas in the park. There are different species of flora all year round, but if you are in a planning stage of visiting Kings Park at it's peak time, visit between August and October during the wildflower display. Kings park would be the best place to see nearly all of the West Australian flowers. We visited Kings park 2 years ago and you can spend all day there. There is / was a free bus from Perth to the gardens during the wild flower season. I don't know if this bus is free all year round. The park has a restaurant, gift and souvenir shop. For a picnic in the park the best place would be near the War Memorial overlooking Perth or near the lake with a great fountain display.
The State War Memorial is dedicated to ANZAC, the united army corps of Australia and New Zealand that fought in World War I. Hardly any other country has suffered such a high death toll by percentage of the population as Australia. I'd like to encourage visitors to think about the madness, horror and tragedy of war instead of the so-called glory.
The Flame of Remembrance invites to silent contemplation. This spot is preferred by noisy school groups for their group photo...
The view of the city from the lookouts is a must. It is recommended, though, to venture further into the park. You'll discover monuments, more views of the river, the Banksia Garden with several species of Western Australia's typical shrub with the flowers that look like toilet brushes, the lovely Botanical Garden, pretty parks and further in bushland with this area's natural vegetation.
Some of the amazing flowers that grow in the Botanical Garden are shown on my travelogue page.