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.
Best seen in Wildflower season - September/October or in summer when Kings Park comes alive with open air concerts and theatre.
A MUST VISIT IS KINGS PARK
Even if your not into gardening, flowers and the likes, Kings Park is still worth coming to for the wonderful views it has over Perth.
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest parks and in my eyes, one of the most beautiful in Australia, especially for seeing Australian native plants.
It was a miserable showery day when we arrived at the free car-park in Kings Park, located next to the Information centre, the Cafes and Toilets. With umbrellas up, we made our way to the Information centre where we picked up a free map and guide to the park.
The Visitor Information Centre is open between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm seven days a week (closed Christmas Day).
Not sure if this is free, but you can do a Indigenous Heritage Tour with an Aboriginal guide. This is a chance to learn about the local Aboriginal people.
Free daily GUIDED walks starting at 10.00 am, 12 noon and 2.00 pm daily.
Wheelchairs for hire
Plenty of free maps and brochures.
What to do in the wet? There were a couple of options. We decided an early lunch was the best idea. We were hoping the rain may clear while we were having lunch! We had a couple of options to choose from . One was the rather expensive fine dining experience at Fraser's Restaurant. Quality award winning food and wine can be enjoyed here.
Taken from their website to give you an idea of prices in 2015
"Entrees start at $14.00, Mains from $33.00 and Desserts range from $12.00 - $16.00."
Open seven days a week. Bookings are recommended
Lunch from 12.00 noon Dinner from 6.00 pm
Next, was the Botanical Café which looked to have no vacant tables, it was terribly busy on a wet day! It did look like a lovely café to enjoy a meal.
Open 7 days a week from 7.00 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings are recommended.
Just around the corner from the Botanical Café, was the Kings Park Kiosk, also doing a roaring trade. Here we could choose from a snack or a meal. We bought some take-away food, then had a problem of finding somewhere to eat it as all the seats underneath the umbrellas were wet! Eventually we found some shelter and enjoyed our take-away food.
Open seven days a week
9.00 am - 5.00 pm (1 September - 31 May)
10.00 am - 4.00 pm (1 June - 31 August)
By this time, the showers had gone for the time being and the sun was shining. We could see Perth, and what a wonderful sight it was from Kings Park!
You can easily reach Kings Park by public bus
Check out the website http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetables/details?Bus=37
The Boodja Gnarning walk can be as short or long as you want, the decision is left up to you! The trail is divided into three parts, so I decided to take the long version of the walk.
The three parts are -
Then add on the Maarm Track where I saw and learnt about what the Nyoongar men did for tools, shelter, hunting and spiritual purposes.
2.4 km long - Allow approx. 90 minutes to walk.
"A medium incline and some soft ground makes this track less suited to people with limited mobility."
Then add on the Yorga Track, where I saw what the Nyoongar women’s traditional roles and responsibilities were. This included the gathering of food, tools and medicines from the area now known as the Water Garden.
1.8 km long - Allow approx. 50 minutes to walk.
"The low incline and hard pavement makes the track suitable for prams and wheelchairs."
Kings Park is a sacred place for Aborigines. The Aboriginal Dreamtime story is about the mythical rainbow serpent, the Wagyl, who entered the ground where Parliament House now stands, then made its way through Mount Eliza, emerging at the spring which feeds the Kennedy Fountain in Kings Park. From here, the rainbow serpent continued on its way to the sea, along the way creating the beautiful Swan River. The area at the base of Kings Park is known as Goonininup. This was an important ceremonial and dreaming area for Aboriginal males.
As I walked the trail, I discovered unique West Australian plants that the Aboriginals used for bush food and medicine, and what they used to make tools and to use as shelter for their survival. There is plenty of interpretive signage panels and artworks from the Nyoongar people along the way.
One of the interesting attractions was the Gija Jumulu (Giant Boab tree), that was transported from Warmun in the east Kimberley, 3200 kms to its new home in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. A 75 tonne truck was used to transport the tree, 22.5 metres in diameter and weighing 37.2 tonne to its new home in Perth. The tree is estimated to be 750 years old, which I thought was very old, I was wrong, this is young for this kind of tree as they can live up to 2000 years old. The Boab is a good tree to find if your dying of thirst, as the inside of the trunk is full of water.
The Boab in Kings Park has been named "Gija Jumulu" by the Indigenous Gija people.
Next to the Boab trees is the Verticordia and Boronia Gardens. Boronias are an evergreen native shrub with cup-like flowers appearing in spring. When flowering, they are in high demand because of the gorgeous perfume the flowers have. Brown flowered Boronias have a lovely lemon scented perfume.
Perth has some first-rate parks filled with native plants. The Boab trees were transplanted from nearby Broome and, six years later, remain alive but distressed. This is a marvelous park for the photographer who likes trees and plants. If you can travel with a tripod, do so since it will be useful to get sharp images. Personally, I also use a zoom lens to reduce weight carried while on trips.
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. No entry free - FREE
I was asleep for most of the rest of the drive, but apparently Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.
When my aunt was here with my great grandmother this would probably have been one of the places they visited if they went to Perth.
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.
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.
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 .