Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Western Australia’s capital city Perth is one of the largest and most beautiful inner-city parks in the world. At a massive 400.6 hectares, it’s larger than New York's Central Park (315 hectares) and London's Hyde Park (121 hectares.) Kings Park and Botanic Garden is rich in Western Australian flora, Aboriginal and European history, and modern culture.
The Botanic Garden displays over 3,000 species of the State's unique flora and two-thirds of the park is protected as bushland providing a haven for native biological diversity. With sweeping views over the city’s waterways and central business district, many peaceful places and family-friendly activities, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a popular Perth spot for both locals and visitors.
Kings Park is perched on the crest of Mount Eliza, while The Western Australian Botanic Garden is on the southeastern side of the park. It showcases 1,700 unique native flora species and in spring, puts on an even greater show of beautiful wildflowers which is celebrated with the annual Kings Park Festival.
Unlike many great gardens of the world, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is always open. Visitors can take a free guided walk or enjoy a self-guided tour through the serene natural bushland and sculpted gardens learning about the local fauna, Indigenous culture and European history along the way.
Locals and nearby city workers love to pop down a picnic blanket and take in the magnificent views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. For those feeling adventurous, The DNA Tower with its 101 steps is the highest viewing point in Kings Park with spectacular views throughout the climb. On a clear day, you can see Rottnest Island – 19 kms off the coast!
While there, it’s worth a visit to the State War Memorial and Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop. Plus, there are many dining options, from restaurants to cafes.
Explore the wonders of Kings Park and Botanic Gardens while in Perth on a Fun Over Fifty Western Australian Holiday.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is known by three traditional names - Kaarta Koomba, Kaarta Gar-up and Mooro Kaarta and has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation, and public education.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is easy to access - just a 15-minute walk from the city centre or you can catch a free bus.
There is no entry fee to visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden, which is a public park and free to visit. Most of the park's outdoor areas, including the gardens, walking trails, and lookout points, are open to the public without an entry fee.
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