Perth, Western Australia has many beautiful Parks and places to walk but to us Kings Park has a look and the feeling like no other. This park sits very proudly up on Mt Eliza watching gracefully over Perth like a protective mother. For thousands of years this has been an important ceremonial and cultural place for the local aboriginal Nyoongar people. With many walk trails, park lands and picnic areas in this 400.6 hectare land to discover you certainly will find plenty to see. It also features beautiful Botanical gardens with an elevated walkway and glass bridge overlooking the stunning views of the Swan River. A wildflower display in springtime that is worth a visit to see and there are nature trails scattered all through the park land, memorials and many playgrounds, one even having dinosaurs! If after all your walking around and you are a bit hungry or thirsty there are also cafes and restaurants.
Walks and Walk tours;
There is quite a choice of walks and tours to choose from so we would like to share some with you and hope you visit Kings Park and try them.
Free Guided Walks;
These are available to the public and you do not need to book if you are a group less than 10 people, however if you have a larger group or maybe some with special needs they will arrange a guided walk at a time to suit you.
Daily walks depart at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm everyday except Christmas Day. During the September Festival (springtime) extra walks are added. In the rare cases if it is an extreme fire danger walks will be cancelled. Check the website for any details. www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
- Bushland Paths – The Heart of the Park, Available: May-August, Duration: 2.5 – 3 hrs.
- Botanic Garden Walk – Available: All Year, Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs.
- Kings Park – Past and Present, Available: November – August, Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs, Wheelchair friendly.
- Water Views and Wilderness – Available: May – August, Duration: 2 – 2.5 hrs.
- Wilderness and Wildflowers – Available: July – October, Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs, Wheelchair friendly.
Self Guided Walks;
- Boodja Gnarning Walk; This traditional Aboriginal trail is in 3 parts; Boodja Gnarling Walk; 1 km, 30 mins, hard ground / slight incline. Maarm Track – men’s long walk, 1.4km, 1 hr, soft and hard ground with medium incline. Yorgra Track – Women’s short walk, 800 metres, 20 mins, hard ground with slight incline. Suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
- Memorial Walk; 1.7 km, 1 – 1.5 hrs, wheelchair and pram friendly.
- Botanic Garden Discovery Walk; 20 mins one way, return 40 mins.
- Lotterywest Federation Walkway; 40 min return journey, wheelchair and pram friendly.
- Kokoda Track; 150 steep steps.
- Bushland Nature Trail; 25 min easy loop, wheelchair and pram friendly.
- Law Walk; 2.5km loop, 45 min, wheelchair and pram friendly though some sections can be steep.
There is free public transport available to Kings Park from the city.
- Transperth bus no. 37 or 39.
- Green Cat Bus, runs Mon – Fri, stops just outside the Park on Kings Park Road.
- Red Cat Bus, stops in West Perth then it’s approximately 1 km walk to the Park.
For more information on transport go to www.transperth.wa.gov.au or call 13 62 13.
The Visitor Information Centre in the Park is open daily from 9.30 am – 4 pm and located on Fraser Ave, ph: (08) 9480 3634 or (08) 9480 3600. If you want more information on Kings Park and what it has to offer check out their fantastic site on www.bgpa.wa.gov.au.
♥ As you can see the walks in Kings Park are accessible for everyone. Take you kids, take your Grandparents, take a picnic and don’t forget to take your camera! Go experience the beauty that Perth’s amazing Kings Park has to show you.