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Kings Park

Wander through a wildflower wonderland

Western Australia is home to more than 12,000 wildflower species, sprinkled across thousands of square kilometres. Fortunately, the state's floral gems are distilled into a magical garden, which is created each year for display during the Kings Park Festival. During this month-long event each September you can enjoy events, walks and celebrations, and blooms often last until mid-to-late October. The best areas are in front of the Aspects of Kings Park gallery and shop, and around the Pioneer Women's Memorial.

Walk over the suspended treetop bridge

An arched pedestrian bridge made of steel and glass hangs 52 metres (171 feet) above ground level and leads you above the park's tree canopy. It’s part of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, a 620 metre (678 yard) walk that winds through the Western Australian Botanic Garden, with interpretive signage dotted along the way. Along with beautiful views of the river, the walk also enters a marri woodland forest. Bridge entry is free. It's open 9am to 5pm.

Picnic like the view-loving locals

The grassy green areas surrounding the State War Memorial and lining Fraser Avenue are often covered in picnic rugs and cushions. Friends and families come to gaze at the transfixing views over Perth's skyscraper row and of the convergence of the Swan and Canning rivers. Pre-dusk is particularly popular. Check out a map of all the park's picnic and barbecue zones.

Marvel at the giant boab

Estimated to be about 750 years old, the park's 36 tonne boab tree was transported 3200 kilometres (1988 miles) south from its home in Western Australia's Kimberley region in 2008. This massive logistical feat was undertaken to save the tree from destruction, as it lay in the path of a new motorway. Boabs are special to the Kimberley’s Aboriginal people, and the nuts from this one were harvested and returned to its place of origin.

Join a free walking tour

A variety of free walks depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Meet one of the Kings Park volunteer guides outside the Aspects of Kings Park gallery and shop, near Fraser Avenue, and you'll soon find yourself tracing bushland paths, learning about carnivorous plants, discovering historic and cultural monuments or observing the many native plant species that vary between coast and desert. Tours run for between one and three hours, and don't require bookings.

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