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Kings Park Lotterywest Federation Walkway

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by Celeste Lorraine (subscribe)
I recently returned from living in London so I am re-discovering Perth and its hidden nooks and crannies.
Published February 2nd 2015
Best views ever from a glass bridge
On the south side of Kings Park in the area known as the Mount Eliza escarpment, there is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway set within the WA Botanic Gardens. The walkway, opened in 2003, offers the best views you'll find of Perth City and the Swan River.

Lotterywest Federation Walkway, Kings Park
Lotterywest Federation Walkway, Kings Park


As you walk down from the start of the pathway next to the Lord Forrest roundabout, you'll see the Giant Boab or "Gija Jumulu" at the Two Rivers Lookout. The boab tree was gifted by the Gija indigenous people from Warmun in the Kimberley region, when it had to be moved due to roadworks.

Giant Boab Tree, Kings Park
Giant Boab Tree, Kings Park


Along the pathway there are many comprehensive information boards along with planted areas which explain and illustrate WA's diverse flora and landscape.

There is also some fascinating information on the Nyoongar people's six seasons and what they did in each season to help their families grow and thrive. They knew which trees and animals to use for medicine and food and when to burn off bush areas to force native animals out for easier hunting.

There are more lookouts along the way including the Mt Eliza lookout which has an expansive view over Perth City, the Narrows Bridge and across the Swan River down to Canning River.

Mount Eliza Lookout, Kings Park
Mount Eliza Lookout, Kings Park


Once you reach the actual walkway, it takes you through a canopy of eucalyptus trees. You may find yourself looking eye to eye with some feathered friends as I discovered when I saw a kookaburra directly in front of me in a tree patiently studying the bush floor for food.

Lotterywest Federation Walkway, Kings Park
Entrance to Lotterywest Federation Walkway, Kings Park


The main part of the walkway rises up into an elevated glass bridge and down again, so more photo opportunities for the Perth Esplanade and the Swan Brewery building.

View from Glass Bridge, Lotterywest Federation Walkway, Kings Park
View from Glass Bridge, Lotterywest Federation Walkway


After the walkway exit, there is a sign indicating which area was the traditional Nyoongar men's place and which was the women's place. Heading right takes you to the Beedawong meeting place which looks like a mini amphitheatre.

Beedawong Meeting Place with walkway behind it, Kings Park
Beedawong Meeting Place with walkway behind it, Kings Park


Further on is the Water Garden Pavilion surrounded by ponds and small waterfalls teaming with plant and small wildlife. This area was the Nyoongar women's place so there was a display with information regarding the granting of women's and Aboriginal rights to vote and Edith Cowan as Australia's first female MP.

Water Garden Pavillion, Kings Park
Water Garden Pavillion, Kings Park


The botanical garden area is larger than the area I've covered but along with the bird's-eye view from the walkway, it is a great way to learn about WA's landscape and flora. It also re-affirms that our flora, fauna and the Nyoongar people are unique to the south-west of WA.
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Why? Learn about WA's native flora and Nyoongar people
When: 9am-5pm daily
Phone: ( 61 8) 9480 3600
Where: Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cost: Free
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