Kings Park Perth, or what I like to call my backyard. Having lived in West Perth since moving to Western Australia, Kings Park has become part of my daily routine. Whether it be an early morning caffeinated walk, a weekend picnic with the fiancé, watching fireworks, or an evening stroll to see the city lights illuminate the night sky. No matter what time of the day, it always leaves me feeling refreshed.
Kings Park is hands down the most iconic park in Perth. This lush oasis is perched high on Mount Eliza and is only a few minutes’ drive from the heart of Perth’s CBD. With its gorgeous green spaces dotted over 400 hectares of parkland, and views that overlook the Swan River, this picturesque park is a must for your Perth itinerary.
You could easily spend a few days exploring all the nooks and crannies, but if you are pressed for time, I have put together a list of highlights not to miss.
The best way to enjoy Kings Park is to walk, jog, or cycle the many trails. There are visitor maps that you can pick up from the Visitors Centre, where they also offer FREE guided walking tours that leave at selected times of the day. So, lace up those sneakers and let’s take a stroll through Kings Park Perth.
Lotterywest Federation Walkway Tree Top Walk
Walk amongst the eucalyptus treetops on this beautiful glass and steel arched bridge. Enjoy stunning bird’s eye views of the Swan River, The Mari Woodland Forrest, The Botanical gardens and beautiful Aboriginal artwork below. The bridge rises 52 meters above ground level, and is a suitable grade for wheelchairs, children and strollers. The elevated section of the walkway is open between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily and is free to access. Find out more about the walk here.
WA Botanic Garden
In the heart of Kings Park Perth is the Western Australia Botanical Garden that is home to 3,000 of WA’s 12,000 species of native flora. If you plan your visit during the spring months, you are in luck as it is wildflower season. Watch as the stunning flower displays burst alive in various hues of bright colours. Each plant as unique as it is beautiful. Find out more here.
Kings Park Water Garden
Marking the centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Western Australia, this magical garden is both beautiful and tranquil. It is centred around a pond full of elegant sculptures, and makes the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon with a book, or a popular venue for family picnics with its sprawling green lawns. Read more on this beautiful space here.
State War Memorial & the Flame of Remembrance
The State War Memorial Precinct overlooks the Swan River and serves as a tribute to all of Australia’s fallen soldiers. Here you will find the Cenotaph, Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection. The Flame of remembrance never stops burning and serves as a reminder that “we will always remember”. There is also the whispering wall that never ceases to amaze me. If you stand on one end of the wall and whisper into it, the person all the way at the end of the wall can hear you and whisper back. More details and plan your visit here.
From December to March, enjoy a new release or a classic film under the stars at Kings Park Perth’s outdoor cinema. For the absolute best film experience, I recommend getting there early to find the perfect spot to set up shop for the evening, and bringing your own picnic! However, there is food and drinks available for purchase. Find out more here.
Play Areas and Rio Tinto Naturescape
Kings Park is homed to many amazing family play areas. The Poolgarla Family Area has a playground that is perfect for small children, as well as having plenty of open spaces and barbeques for all your picnic needs. There is also a small café as well for all you tired parents. The Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is the perfect place for children of all ages to connect with nature and explore the natural environment.
Feeling Peckish in Kings Park?
After a full day of exploring this amazing park, you will have worked up quite the appetite. You are in luck though, there are many different food and drink options at Kings Park Perth. If you are after a quick takeaway coffee, ice cream, or meal, The Kiosk will have you covered. If you are after a sit down meal, with a stunning view, The Botanical Café is a must. I have been here on quite a few occasions for breakie and can vouch for the high-quality food. If you are after a more sophisticated meal, Frasers Restaurant offer a more fine dining contemporary experience. No matter how hungry you are, Kings Park has something edible and delicious for everyone.
Overall, if you are looking or the perfect place for a day out with family, friends, a date, or you just want to unwind and be in nature, Kings Park is a stunning and ideal location. I hope you have as much fun exploring and relaxing as I do!
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