– Kings Park, Perth –
With remarkable expanses of unique bush-land, tranquil Parkland and botanic garden, kings-Park is the most Popular visitor destination in western Australia
Kings Park and Botanic garden is visited by over 6 million people each year and showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australia flora. It is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks and cultural and ceremonial events. This stunning park overlooks the city and the silken blue waters of the swan River. From high above you can see the brilliantly coloured sails of boats on the river below, the twinkling lights of the city, the distant Perth Hills and the endless blue skies for which Perth is so renowned. The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and features both cultivated gardens and untamed bushland. You can picnic on grassy lawns, take a jog through the bushland or attend one of the summer outdoor concerts under the stars. Children are also catered for with a number of excellent playgrounds suitable for children of all ages.
Nearly two thirds of the Park is natural bushland containing 319 species of native plants and around 80 bird species. The balance of the Park is made up of superbly cultivated gardens and open recreational areas. For Western australians and for the many interstate and international visitors, Kings Park and Botanic garden is a place of inspiration, relaxation, recreation and wonder. The Botanic gardens and Parks authority manages Kings Park and Botanic garden in accordance with the Kings Park and Botanic garden management Plan, to ensure the conservation of native biological diversity and cultural heritage icons, while providing for the diverse range of visitor interests.
Opened in 1965, the western Australian Botanic Garden features a scientific collection mainly of Western Australian plants displayed en masse or as individual specimens in an inspiring landscape. The Botanic garden is unique from those around the world by maintaining its focus on local flora, primarily because of the extraordinary diversity of Western Australian wildflowers found nowhere else on earth. Be sure to experience Federation walk which includes a treetop walk above the tree tops, where you’ll become truly captivated by the birds’ eye view. This walk comes complete with informative plaques which open your eyes to the wonders of the region’s fauna as well as aboriginal and European history. The Aboriginal history is particularly fascinating. Kings Park has been revered as a sacred place for aborigines whose mythical serpent, the Wagyl, is said to have entered the ground near here and emerged at the foot of mt eliza to create the beautiful swan River – mt eliza is also the site of the State war Memorial.
For those with energy to burn, the Kings Park walk and cycle trails are a great way of seeing more of the park. You can also embark on free guided walks, held three times a day (10am, 12pm and 2pm). Brochures and maps are available at the Visitor information Centre. Visitors can also take time out to relax at one of the many scenic picnic and BBQ areas or visit the park’s cafes and restaurants. in spring time you can enjoy the world-class Kings Park wildflower Festival. This festival within the Botanic garden celebrates the breathtaking beauty of Western Australian native wildflowers with a dazzling profusion of species spread over seven hectares. A visit to Aspects of Kings Park located off Fraser avenue is also an enjoyable activity. This award-winning gift store is an experience in itself and is a treasure trove of unique local arts and crafts, jewellery, books, gifts and stationary. Summer is a wonderful time to attend one of the many outdoor concerts in the park. Or enjoy live theatre such as shakespeare’s ‘ a midsummer night’s dream’ performed under the stars. You can also catch the latest films at the superb outdoor ‘Moonlight Cinema’ which is a perfect way to spend a summer evening.
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