Kings Park is a massive 400 hectare Park overlooking the Swan River.It is internationally renowned for its plant displays, spectacular views and cultural heritage. As well as boasting fabulous views of the city, it is home to the Botanic Gardens that showcase WA flora, and it offers abundant bush and parkland perfect for walks or picnics. Kings Park also has some unique playgrounds that are very popular with Perth families.
Here are 10 Things To Do in Kings Park:
1. The Botanic Gardens
Walk through the Kings Park Gardens and enjoy the sweeping grassy slopes, the diversity of indigenous flora, wildflowers, water features, gazebos and giant trees. There are various lookout points along the river for panoramic views. Learn a bit of Indigenous Heritage and History too with the informative plaques along the way. There are plants in flower all year round, with the peak season between July and October.
2. War Memorials
Kings Park has more memorials, statues and honour avenues than any other park in Australia. The gum tree lined Fraser Avenue – the main entrance to the Park – leads up to the State War Memorial, which has a Flame of Remembrance that burns continuously. The Ceremonial Walk is a pedestrian area with landscaped gardens that pays tribute to the Fallen and honours all Australian servicemen. The Self-Guided Memorials Walk is 1.7 km in length and takes approximately one hour to walk, with suitable access for wheelchairs and prams.
Don’t miss the Whispering Wall near the burning flame memorial. The kids will love experimenting with the acoustics!3. Gallery Shop & Restaurants
Near the State War Memorial on Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, you will find a collection of eateries as well as The Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop. The shop displays some fabulous art pieces for sale, gifts, books and souvenirs. Nearby is the Visitor Information Centre with helpful staff to direct you or answer any questions. There is a Kiosk selling drinks, snacks and ice creams with a few shaded tables available. The Botanical Caféis a restaurant with views and a lovely relaxed atmosphere (open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner), and if you are after something even fancier than Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park has an outstanding reputation and is available for functions.
4. Synergy Parkland (aka The Dinosaur Playground)
Lush lawns surround this superb and unique playground with barbeque facilities and plenty of space. It is situated alongside a small lake in Kings Park that isn’t fenced off, so close attention needs to be paid to small children.
Highlights are the wooden play structure with elevated walkways; a giant crocodile to climb on; a dinosaur with a nest; and a bridge to a play structure with sculptural trees that spray a fine mist intermittently.
Zamia Café is nearby overlooking the lake and serves meals and a range of yummy cakes to enjoy with coffee. There is a takeaway Kiosk as well. Note that no scooters or bikes are allowed here.
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This is another awesome playground in Kings Park that is targetted at kids under age 6. It’s fenced but not gated – and open at the entrance near the café. Highlights are a firetruck, an aeroplane, the maze, a pirate ship and castle. There are several swings and separate well-throughout areas aimed at babies and small toddlers with age-appropriate play equipment. Stickybeaks Café Kings Park is right in the middle of the action and has a good selection of food and drinks.
The nearby Hale Oval has a climbing “space net” for older kids as well as pavilions for hire and barbeques.
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6. Rio Tinto Naturescape – Currently closed for expansion
This unique playspace in Kings Park celebrates nature – be prepared to let the kids get dirty and wet! Highlights include paddling in creeks and building dams in streams; climbing ladder towers; building cubby houses from sticks; and Boomerang Bridge. Kings Park Rio Tinto Naturescape is open Tues–Sun 9-4pm. In extreme heat the playspace will be closed, and throughout the month of February it’s closed completely.
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The DNA Tower in Kings Park is a spiral staircase that will reward you with fabulous views across Kings Park and the Swan River. On a clear day you can see as far as Rottnest Island. The 15m high Tower has 101 steps and 3 viewing platforms before you reach the top and final 4th platform.
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8. Lotterywest Federation Walkway
The Kings Park Walkway is 620 metres long and includes the uniquely designed glass and steel arched bridge, which seems suspended amidst the canopy of tall Karri, Marri, Tingle and Jarrah trees.
You don’t need to do the entire walk – you can walk over the glass bridge then wind your way back through the gardens past various water features. It’s a pleasant doable walk that isn’t too long to keep the kids interested.9. Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Variety Place
This open family area in Kings Park is perfect for picnics and includes an innovative nature-based play area designed by local woodcarving artist, Nic Compton. The unique collection of picnic furniture and play elements are created from recycled timber from within Kings Park. There is also an open-air amphitheatre used for small productions in the Summer months.
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10. Moonlight Cinema – Closed until December 2017
The Moonlight Cinema Kings Park is an annual Summer outdoor cinema situated on the lawns of Synergy Parkland off May Drive. Screenings include contemporary, cult and classic movies.For more information on Kings Park visit their Kings park Website
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