Kings Park, Perth
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.
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!
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 an excellent place for long walks. It occupies an area of 4sq km and is also home to the Botanical Gardens and the War Memorial. There is a tree-top walk in the southeastern corner which is open from 9am-5pm.
Kings Park is also the place to go for great shots of Perth's skyline.
Enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Swan River from this big 400-ha park.There are many different thematic gardens in the park which you can explore freely. There is also an elevated walkway where you can walk among the tree canopies.
You will also find these distinctive bottle-shaped boab trees grown in a small section of the park. Normally, you will find these trees growing in the northern semiarid Kimberley region of Western Australia. They were transplanted in 1999. You will also see the semiarid Spinifex grasses and Screw Pines which complements the display.
If you go to King's Park in September and October, you will be rewarded with a massive display of colourful wildflowers which bloom in spring. However, I was there in November, a little bit too late as many of the wildflowers have wilted. There are still some wildflowers around in the park but no spectacular display.
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.
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.
Thanks to Anna for this pic!
This is the scene of King Park at night. The trees are shone with different vibrant colour lights.Don't they make the trees look exotic?? Nice to chill out during summer nights.
In summer, there is Sunset Cinema at Kings Park.This means it's an open air cinema and simply just drive and park your car , and catch the movie from there.
The movie program can be obtained at Tourist Information Centre or do a web search for Sunset Cinema at Kings Park.
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...
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 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.
Located in Kings Park Botanical Garden, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway is one of Kings Park newest additions.
Stretching over 620 meters and taking about 40 minutes return, the walk takes u 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.
The elevated section of the walkway is 220 meters, and towers over 16m high. A 52 meter, glass/steel arched bridge has to be the highlight of the walk.
The walk gives u a birds eye view of mother nature and all the living things within her. A must see if at the park.
For more about the park. Check out their website for all the park has to offer. Kings Park
From the Lookout on Fraser Ave in Kings Park you can get spectacular views of Perth city and across the river to the southern areas of the city.
Underneath the Lookout is the Aboriginal Art & Craft store. The art is the centre of the Aboriginal culture since there was no written language. The Aboriginals used art to record their stories from the Dreaming, and their beliefs and to pass these on to the following generations
Their opening hours are : Tuesday to Friday 11.30am till 6.00pm, Saturday to Monday 12.00 noon till 4.00pm