National Parks / Natural World
Kings Park and Botanic Garden Perth
Where are we going today?
Turn off those televisions and get the family out into nature...and you don't even have to leave the city!
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is right in the heart of that lovely city of Perth, and lets you surround yourself with an amazing collection of Western Australian flora! You can spend the day enjoying a lovely picnic, going on a walk, exploring with the family, playing (very important), and of course, learning!
There are some amazing panoramic views to enjoy, and along the walkways you can learn all about the rich history of the state while you are there! Make sure you stop and discover Beedawong - which was a special place for the Indigenous people. There is also a pretty special 750 year old boab tree!
The Synergy Parkland is a family-friendly outdoor recreation area, which means it's a great space for children to explore, learn, and play! Amongst the features are a 75m-long elevated walkway, a two-tiered island fort, large-scaled replicas of local dinosaurs (pretty cool!), a timber boardwalk, and an interactive water misting forest. So there are plenty of places for kids to run, play, hide and climb!
On the central lake you’ll find Lycopod Island and its Island Fort. It’s surrounded by a ring of ancient lycopods, replicas of the world's first trees that existed about 1,200 million years ago. How amazing is that!?
If you look carefully, you’ll see a giant dragonfly hiding! The Calamite Forest is a popular recent addition to Lycopod Island. It includes a water misting system that’s activated when children wander through the replica calamites.
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens also offer free guided tours with local volunteers, so it's worth checking out! You can learn how to live off the land on the Boodja Gnarning Walk, and enjoy your own self-guided experience.
Nature in the heart of a beautiful city? Of course there is! Go out and enjoy!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
All year round
They can provide you with hands-on, inquiry-based education programs for students, that cover a range of topics, There are self-guided excursions available, but make sure you book at least one month in advance. .
Stickybeaks Cafe provides a family-friendly venue to enjoy delicious and healthy snacks and meals, drinks and coffee and ice creams. You can't play on an empty stomach! .
There’s eight free electric barbeques, public toilets and fantastic grassed areas where kids can run wild. You can keep it as healthy as you like! .
Any Top Tips?
The beginners' cycle track is suitable for children 6 to 10 years, and is at the Lotterywest Family Area, Hale Oval, off Kings Park Road (opposite Outram Street). .
Doing our bit
They really look after the park to make sure it's enjoyable for all who visit, so help them out and take home any rubbish of yours with you .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can help .
Parking is free for visitors.
What people are saying?
by Tina Chau
It has been six or seven years since I last visitted. It's always a beautiful place to be especially at night time. Now that living in in the US brings a whole new meaning. But I will always remember the beautiful weather of Australia, beautiful beaches and the beautiful Perth.
by David Adams
Excellent views of the Perth Skyline while walking through natural surrounds. Also a great spot for picnics with friends or family on a lazy arvo. Also it's within the CBD free transit zone on the CAT BUS so just hop on because the ride there is free on Perth public transport. Jacobs Ladder isn't far away and is another great sight to see esp. if you're a fitness buff or fancy a stair run with a city view!
by Brent Pyle
Best bit of Perth! Definitely a must see. Go to Kings Park late afternoon to see the view of the city, go watch a movie at the Moonlight outdoor cinema a small way down the road and then when the movie finishes go back and see the city again at night.
by Alagiri Tabatabai
Beautiful park to explore. Get the CBD's best view from here.
by Paul Blackburn
Had a lovely time at the park and a nice wander around the botanic garden, with fantastic views overlooking Perth City.
Great for a picnic, but a restaurant and cafe near the war memorial offer food if you're willing to spend the money.
Number 37 bus runs right through the park fairly frequently, right back through the city and out the other side toward the airport, so very easy to get in and out.