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Top Things to do at Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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by Maggie Westbrook @writeoutwest (subscribe)
Maggie Westbrook @writeoutwest
Published June 4th 2018
Day trip on our doorsteps
1. Ride a Muttaburrasaurus at the May Drive Parkland (formerly Synergy Park)
This playground is great for slightly older children with plenty of elevated play equipment and replica Australian mega-fauna which lend themselves to some challenging climbing. Zamia cafe is perfect for a coffee stop or for something more substantial. Cake for breakfast, anyone?

Kings park, May Drive Parklands, Muttaburrasaurus
Riding the Australian Megafauna at May Drive Parkland.

2. Race Over the Lottery West Federation Walkway

Take a moment to admire the sculptural elements and the clever engineering involved in the making of this bridge. Then be sure to turn your attention to the amazing vantage point that you get from the peak of the beautiful Swan and Canning Rivers.

Swan River, View, Kings Park, Lottery West Federation Walkway
Lottery West Federation Walkway

3. Huffing and Puffing up the Kokoda Track

Join the fitness enthusiasts of Perth and work off some of that cake from Cafe Zamia with a trip down, and then back up the Kokoda Track. The walk is a special tribute acknowledging the bravery of Australian troops in the Papua New Guinea campaign of July 1942 - January 1943. The walk can be commenced at the State War Memorial and the plaques are then followed down the hill to the right to the start of the track. It is all well signed.

4. Playing Hide and Seek at Saw Avenue Playground

A great place for a sit down or a park play, this playground has a real 'adventure' type feel to it. The equipment includes a fort, rocks, tunnels and an iron maze. The park is also really accessible to prams and wheelchairs which I think is quite unique for a park of its type in Perth.

5. Climbing DNA Tower

Designed to look like a double helix molecule, this oddly shaped tower is such a firm favourite with our children. It is the highest viewing point in Kings Park and the views in both directions are well worth the short climb.

DNA Tower, Kings Park, views,
View From the Top of DNA Tower

6. Riding on the Plane in the Lottery West Family Area (AKA Stickybeaks)

Perhaps your kids are more into the fire truck, but I think more Perth families than not have a photo of their kids on one of these special pieces of Kings Park memorabilia. Such fun.

Lottery West Family Area, Kings Park, Plane
The Plane at 'Stickybeaks' is iconic Perth Playgroup Equipment

7. Getting Wet and Building Cubby Houses at the Rio Tinto Nature Scape.

This section of Kings Park is utterly fantastic, you can climb the long walkways or build cubby houses with the assistance of some permanent metal structures. Our children love getting drenched, whilst wading in the waterholes and creeks. Exploring the tunnels and special cubby holes are also high on the enjoyment front too.

8. Go for an Inner City Bush Treck.

There are plenty of walking trails and paths at Kings Park. For smaller children, the one at the base of DNA tower, called the Nature Trail is really lovely. Mainly on metal duck board it's short enough for little legs.

Bushwalking, Kings Park, Nature Trail
Nature Trail Bushwalk

9. Explore the beautiful botanicals in the Botanical Gardens

Marvel at the WA flora. Nothing like it in the world.

Kings Park Botanical Gardens
Kings Park Botanical Gardens

10. Visit the Giant Boab Tree

This spectacular tree is estimated to be 750 years old. The kids loved reading the interpretive panels about its epic journey to Kings Park via truck. Perfect information for my little vehicle loving lads.

Giant Boab Tree

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Why? Family Day Trips
Phone: ( 61 8) 9480 3600
Where: Kings Park, Perth, WA
Cost: Free Entry. Plants vary
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