Situated on the northern banks of the Swan River, and nestled right next to the heart of Perth, it’s no wonder that this 400 hectares of untouched bushland, manicured parkland and botanical gardens is one of the most popular attractions in all of Western Australia.
With ample attractions for the whole family, the Park is as popular amongst locals as it is to visitors to the city of Perth. Overlooking the Swan River, with views stretching to the Darling Range on the eastern horizon, the park is rarely still, with people picnicking, visiting the botanical gardens, running, cycling or simply enjoying some of Perth’s famous sunshine.
Despite this, perhaps due to its size, there are many quiet corners of the park where visitors could quite easily forget that they were in the middle of a busting, modern metropolis.
The area was established as parkland as early as 1829, just two years after the settlement of the colony. Formal development however of the Park only really began in 1895 under the first Premier of WA, John Forrest. The Park was named ‘King’s Park’ in 1901 from PerthParkto commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII in Britain.
Top Attractions of Kings Park
- Take a guided tour though the park, or take advantage of the free guided walks, which depart the Visitor Center daily, at10am and 2pm. The guided walks are taken by enthusiastic, local volunteers, and their dearth local knowledge will leave you feeling like a local resident.
- Take advantage of some stunning views across the Swan River from the elevated Lottery West walkway, as you stroll above the treetops.
- Discover the widely varied biodiversity of Western Australian one spot in the wonderfully informative Botanic Gardens.
- Spare a moment for those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the numerous War Memorials along Mount Eliza, and the Honor Avenues elsewhere in the Park. Watching a sunrise from the State War Memorial will leave you with goose bumps.
- Pack a picnic and take the family for picnic. With so much space, you’re sure to find a spot where you’ll be all by yourself.
With numerous activities on the go year round, from the Kings Park Festival to the ANZAC Day Dawn service, as well as various venues and facilities that can be hired for wedding, birthdays and celebrations, the Park offers a comprehensive website enabling visitors to keep up to date with all the activities on the go.