The King of parks
This park definitely deserves its name! It might as well be called “King of the Parks”. Kings Park is the only park of its kind and size in a capital city anywhere in (at least) Australia.
There’s something for virtually everyone: Botanic Garden, natural bushland (and not just a small patch!), cultivated sections with fountains, an observation tower, picnic areas and spectacular views over the city of Perth.
How to explore Kings Park
It’s best to walk to the Park from the city through Mount Street at the eastern end of the CBD. Although you’ll have a rather steep ascent, you’re instantly rewarded with a beautiful view over what you’ve left behind. For the lazier minds there’s also a bus available which takes you directly to the information centre of the park.
Kings Park towers over the busy city and you can enjoy the tranquility during the day or the romanticism at sunset. Oh, the sunsets! It is really worth while to climb up with a camera and tripod and watch the daylight fade and the city’s lights come up. It is here at the western end of the park where all those pictures of Perth were taken.
Before you explore the park further, grab a copy of a map of Kings Park at the information booth next to the restaurant because you easily get lost otherwise. The old lady I met was lovely and wanted to tell me all the details about the park.
Aboriginal Heritage Centre
This is the official name of the gallery Artists in Residence. It was closed when I was there although the sign said it would be open. The best thing would be to ask the tourist information before you visit this place.
For details contact:
Roger Fryer or Grady Brand
Living Collections & Natural Heritage Division
Kings Park & Botanical Gardens
phone 9480 3600
Aboriginal scarred tree
Unknown to most of the visitors there’s a bizarre tree hidden in Kings Park. It is one of the few remaining scarred trees in the metropolitan area of Perth.
Aboriginals once cut a large piece of bark for ceremony or a coolamon. The tree, hurt for its lifetime, is intended to live out its “natural course of life” in accordance with the Aboriginal Nyoongah community. You can find it in the Botanical Gardens south-west from Lord Forrest’s statue.
Read more about Perth’s Aboriginal history.