The Kings Park complex is a huge oasis in the middle of Perth. A breath of fresh air and chance to burn off some steam, its bushland, gardens and play spaces are visited by more than 6 million people each year. Many of these visitors are kids and their families, relishing the chance to be active and outdoors.
So, what’s all the fuss about?
For starters, Kings Park deserves a medal for its scenery. The park is more than 400 hectares in size, the majority of which is bushland. The show-stopping sight is the view over Perth City and the Swan River. Why not climb the spiraling 101 steps to the top of DNA Tower, the park’s highest lookout point?
The State Memorial sits beside a lovely lookout Picture: Bound Round
Follow the Lotterywest Federation Walkway to learn the history of the region. Then continue along the Law Walk to Beedawong, an aboriginal meeting place. The thousands of wildflowers and native plants in the park have a story to tell about local indigenous culture. You can even follow the Boodja Gnarning Walk to learn about the Nyoong people, or take a free guided walk. Be sure to visit the 750-year-old boab tree, Gija Jumulu, which was brought to Kings Park from the Kimberley.
Perfect for a picnic lunch or weekend play, Kings Park has awesome family areas where kids can run their wriggles out. Inside Lotterywest Family Area, you can kick a ball around on Hale Oval, race the bicycle path, play on Ivey Watson Playground and grab a bite at Stickybeaks Café.
The May Drive Parkland is a kid-friendly spot known for the enormous statues of Australian megafauna, great for clambering on. There is also a playground for children over 6, with an elevated walkway, island fort and free electric BBQs. Saw Avenue Picnic Area, on the Subiaco side of the park has picnic tables, BBQs, a climbing net and an amphitheatre for children’s shows in summer.
The Rio Tinto Naturescape is an interactive play space where kids can get dirty and get wet. Climb the ropes of the Tangle, build cubbies in the Burrow, traverse the Python aerial walkway and enjoy a splash in Paperbark Creek and Waterhole. Naturescape is a family-specific area covering six hectares of the park. It has accessible paths and boardwalks.
5. The Events
Not only does Kings Park host Shakespeare in the Park and Moonlight outdoor cinema in the summer season, it also has its own festival. The annual Kings Park Festival is held in September in the botanic gardens, to celebrate the unique Western Australian wildflowers.