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Kings Park Perth is a wonderful place to end your day, both as a tourist or a local. During Perth’s warm summer months (from November through to March) the city gets very hot. However, if you head up to Kings Park in the late afternoon there a refreshing breeze blows off the Swan River. Without doubt, Kings Park is a perfect place to throw out a picnic rug for some wine and cheese, or even use one of the many BBQs around the park for a barbeque.
Things To See In Kings Park Perth With Kids
State War Memorial and Flame of Remembrance
The War Memorial and Flame of Remembrance are sobering but stunning places to start your tour of Kings Park Perth. In addition, there are a number of different sites and memorials dedicated to other groups involved in wars.
The Flame of Remembrance within the Pool of Reflection was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 April 2000 and burns continuously. It symbolises the promise of all Western Australians: “we will remember them.”
We think it is important to educate our children about the cost of war, and also the history of Australia (within a global context). War memorials certainly are sombre places where the full impact of war is evident.
Western Australian Botanic Garden
The botanical gardens Perth comes alive in Springtime with a great wealth of wildflowers. Meandering walk ways provide a great opportunity for littlies too stretch their legs – while glimpses of the river and city from between the trees keep adults inspired.
Officially, the Western Australian Botanic Garden is a massive 17 hectares of gardens, featuring a wide range of species from around the state. Now, more than 50 years after opening, the botanic gardens Perth include over a 25% of Western Australia’s native flora. There are displays from specific regions, as well as gardens dedicated to popular Western Australian wildflowers like Kangaroo Paws and eucalyptus.
Especially if you don’t have much time to travel around Western Australia, the botanical gardens Perth provide a wonderful insight into the wild flowers and Plants of this unique State.
Kings Park Festival (A Springtime Festival)
If you have a chance to program your visit to the botanical gardens Perth in September, we have one word of advice – just do it!
Throughout September, as springtime comes to Australia, the wildflowers begin to bloom in Kings Park Perth and are truly an array of amazing colour. In fact, in 2018 the Kings Park Festival was presented as ‘The Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth’.
In addition to the gorgeous spring wildflower displays, there are free events including outdoor exhibitions, guided talks and family events!
A relatively new addition to Kings Park Perth, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, adds a bit of adrenalin to your experience.
Starting at the forest floor, you gradually climb towards the sky as you reach the highest point of the walkway. This is truly an impressive structure that somehow blends in with the forest and landscape around it, in the Botanic Gardens Perth.
The highest point offers great views across the Swan River and is 16 metres above the ground. The whole walkway is 620 metres long, with the aerial section being 222 metres including the 52 metre bridge. It is accessible by people with prams and wheelchairs.
The Giant Boab Tree
Estimated to be 750 years old, the Giant Boab ‘Gija Jumulu’ weighs 36 tonnes and stretches 14 metres high and eight metres wide (branch span). Its trunk measures 2.5 metres in diameter. When it was to be destroyed, it was transported over 3000 kilomentres by truck from the Kimberley to Kings Park Perth!
Pioneer Women’s Memorial
This is a memorial to the pioneer women who established Western Australia. While the symbolic figure of the mother with a child in the middle of the water garden is beautiful, our kids enjoy more the 3 minute sequence of the water fountain that gets bigger and bigger during the cycle.
How To Get To Kings Park Perth
All the above sites are found in a central area around the Aspects Gift Shop and Frasers Restaurant which has great views overlooking Perth City and the Swan River.
If you are keen, you can take a steep walk from Kings Park via Mount Street or Malcom Street, both off which start at the western end of St George’s Terrace.
Alternatively, you can catch the free Blue Cat Bus. The Blue Cat goes around the western end of Perth city and its route includes Kings Park. It leaves every 15 minutes throughout the day.
If you are self-driving is also significant parking available!
Kings Park Perth Playgrounds
Over the years we have added so much information regarding playgrounds in Kings Park Perth we decided to create a separate specialised post packed with information specifically on the Kings Park playgournds. Check it out here – “A Guide To Kings Park Playgrounds”.
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