Kings Park a Royal Playground
Kings Park is a spectacular parkland that overlooks Perth city and the beautiful Swan and Canning rivers. Kings Park showcases Western Australia’s beautiful and unique fauna with over 3,000 species on display. With 400 hectares of space there is plenty of area and activity zones on offer for everyone to enjoy. From playgrounds and picnic areas through to walking tracks and educational trails, even community events for all the social butterflies out there! Whether you are into taking in the natural beauty the park has to offer or are looking for adventure you are bound to find something to suit you!
Located right in the heart of Perth city Kings Park is readily accessible to visitors and locals alike. Getting to Kings Park is a breeze with self drive, public transport and guided tour options available. If making your own way to the park there are plenty of car parking areas within the grounds, located close by each of the playgrounds and visitor areas. The parking areas within Kings Park are free of charge for all visitors. If using public transport you will find several options to make your way to the city centre, once here the free of charge Perth CAT bus services make regular stops past the main entrance to the park. If taking part in a guided tour check where meeting points or pick locations are for your tour, keep in mind some tours may require you to meet at Kings Park itself.
Once at Kings Park it won’t take you long to find something to do. With many picnic areas, sports areas and playgrounds to explore it is the perfect place for families to get outside and enjoy some fresh air without having to leave the city! There are several playgrounds on offer for children of all ages from the May Drive parkland full of dinosaurs and stories of evolution, to the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park which offers creeks and native bush like areas for children to play in and explore. Don’t panic mum and dad, as most of the playgrounds have nearby coffee shops and cafes to keep you going! For those families with children ranging in age many of the playgrounds have nearby grassed areas and ovals for the older kids to spread out or enjoy some ball sports.
If you're looking to burn some energy yourself there are many remarkable walks on offer throughout the park, showcasing Western Australia’s native fauna and Perth’s beautiful landscape. There are walking tracks and trails available for all abilities and are well marked with accessibility levels. If unsure which trails might be best suited to you and your family you can always pop into the visitors centre and have a chat to the friendly staff, you can even grab yourself a map of the park layout whilst there. If you enjoy learning about the native environment you will find there are several very informative self guided walks available. For those looking for a little more personal touch there are also free guided walks available daily, the guided walks covering several different trails and topics. Tour companies operating in the area include options for those who want something a little more unique, choices including Segway and bike tours.
For anyone looking to learn about the native Australian landscape from a local, there are Aboriginal experiences on offer throughout the park as well. Australian Indigenous culture is the world's oldest living culture, and the Aboriginal people in the Perth region, the Wadjuk Nyoongar people have a very strong connection to their country. Kings Park is traditionally a place of great significance to the Wadjuk Nyoongar people and now there is an opportunity for you to learn about this amazing landscape, and its significance to the traditional land owners and custodians. There are several tour options available which include traditional Nyoongar welcome and ochre ceremony, guided walks, knowledge of plants and their uses, stories, songs and hands on activities. There is also a self guided walk which contains interpretive signs full of information and artwork of the local Nyoongar people.
As promised there are also events for the social butterflies out there as well. Throughout the year an array of events is hosted by Kings Park including both free and ticketed occasions. Free events presented at the park include the guided walks mentioned earlier, photography exhibitions, public holiday celebrations and public memorial services. Kings Park also hosts many ticketed events throughout the year, particularly popular are the open air concerts and moonlight cinemas that are held over the summer months. If you like the atmosphere and beauty that the park provides you can even host your own event here! Park areas are available for booking throughout the year for private events such as sport events, corporate functions and even weddings.
When next visiting Perth make sure you head to the spectacular Kings Park to spend the day. With easy access, stunning scenery and something on offer for the whole family Kings Park is a must do. So what’s your excuse, go get exploring!