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Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a park consists of grassed parkland, botanical gardens, and natural bushland on Mount Eliza, offering panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range.
Enjoy the amazing view from the Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park was opened on 10 August 1895 and was originally named as Perth Park. The name was changed to King's Park in 1901 to mark the ascension of King Edward VII of the British throne and the visit of George, the Duke of Cornwall, and Princess Mary to Perth. One of the major roads inside the park, May Drive, was also named as an honor to Princess Mary. In 1999, the Botanic Gardens and Parks authority administered Kings Park, along with the Bold Park. Now, the administration building in the park is filled with administration offices, where visitors can book for guided tours or reserve one of the facilities. The building is also used as the information center. In the modern world, the park has its presence showed in 2006 American reality TV show titled The Amazing Race. An unfortunate event was happened to the park in early 2009, where the south western area of the site was badly damaged by a fire. Despite of that, the park remains the most popular tourist destination in Western Australia.
Being a must visit tourist spot in Western Australia, the park offers several choices of walks and commercial tours that are suited your interests. For you who want to look for free guided tours, the volunteer guides are available everyday, except on Christmas Day. For those who prefer self-guided walks, then you can visit the information centre for the brochures of the park. While for those with limited time can join the Perth Explorer Bus that stops at key areas within the park, or going around using a bicycle as there are bike racks provided at various locations. Another option for those who do not walk too much is by joining the Segway Tours that will let you see the beautiful flora and fauna, and the stunning views of Perth and the Swan and Canning Rivers. The Segway Tours are available everyday for those who is 12 years old or older.
One of the most popular attractions in the Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway that will take you to a 52 metres arched bridge through the botanic garden. On your way, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the city skyline and learn the importance of Sir John Forrest and his involvement in the history of the park. While to see the botanic garden closely, you can join the Discovery Walk. In this area, there are more than 3.000 species of flowering plants from around the world. If you want to walk by yourself, you can download the brochure in the official website that will give you the explanations of the plants, statues, and sculptures.
Kings Park has been known as a place for research and conservation. The research focused in understanding more about the nature has been done and successful conservation outcomes have been achieved through world-class research. The good thing is that the learning is not just exclusive for the science team. The park also invites your children to learn together with the programs that provides hands-on, inquiry-based education programs for students from Kindergarten to Tertiary. There are qualified educators as well to make sure that the program is delivered in line with the Western Australian Curriculum.
When you are visiting the Kings Park, you will see some dining areas inside the park, from casual kiosk, to a fancy restaurant. The Kings Park also provides free barbecue spots for those who want to have a picnic at several spots inside the park. However, the most famous restaurant is the Fraser's Restaurant that will serves you just the best quality. The location of the restaurant is also a perfect place to see the City of Perth and the Swan River. While for a lighter meal, you can try the Zamia Cafe. The cafe has a unique concept to safe energy by minimising the greenhouse gas emissions. From the cafe, you can enjoy the lake and the picnic area while having a breakfast or lunch.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need any tickets to visit the Kings Park and Botanic Garden. However, tickets might be needed if you want to join the events held in the site.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. Wheelchair access is available and available for hire.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dresscode for visiting the Kings Park and Botanic Garden. You might want to consider to wear comfortable shoes for walking inside the park. As this is an outdoor site, remember to check the weather before you go.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Kings Park and Botanic Garden is in September. During this time, the weather is nice, the park is filled with wildflowers, and there are many events happening.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to go around the Kings Park and Botanic Garden. If you want, you can join the Free Guided Walks that depart everyday at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM. There are some different topics that can be followed. The schedule is available in the official website and the brochure. You can also request for your own guided walks. Kings Park and Botanic Garden also has a hop on hop off bus that can take you around, featuring Fraser Avenue, Roe Gardens, and May Drive Parklands.
How To Get There?
Kings Park and Botanic Garden can be reached easily as it is located only 1.5 km away from the central business district. If you are using the Transperth bus, take route 935 that travels from St Georges Terrace. There are other options of public transportation as well. While if you are driving your own car, the nearest carpark is located in Wadjuk Carpark, behind the Fraser's restaurant.