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Published June 2nd 2013
Time Out in Perth's Most Popular attraction - Kings Park
You haven't been to Perth if you haven't been to Kings Park.
Located on the western edge of the Perth CBD and partly occupying the high ground known as Mount Eliza, Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and the most popular destination in Western Australia, attracting more than 5 million visitors annually.
Perth city skyline viewed from Kings Park
Home to the State War memorial, the roads within the park are lined with more than 1100 Eucalyptus trees each co-located with a plaque dedicated to the memory of a Western Australian serviceman or woman who died in either World War.
The Cenotaph is a prominent feature of Kings Park
Beneath The Cenotaph is an honour roll listing all those servicemen and women who enlisted in Western Australia and subsequently died in the Boer War, World Wars 1 and 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The view from the top of Mount Eliza provides breathtaking panoramas across the city skyline as well as Perth and Melville Waters on the Swan River.
Frasers Restaurant & Function Centre combines fine dining with fabulous views across Perth and the Swan River
The Western Australian Botanic Garden occupies 18 Hectares within the park and is home to 2000 species of the States plant life. The garden was established as part of Western Australia's hosting of the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games when Kings Park was the venue for the Road Cycling events.
A marble statue of Queen Victoria stands in Kings Park surrounded by cannon used at the Battle of Waterloo.
The Royal King's Park Tennis Club was founded here in 1898 and has hosted numerous Davis Cup ties over the years. The heritage listed club includes 28 grass and 3 hard courts.
A popular meeting place is the Queen Victoria statue surrounded by cannon from the Crimean War
The Kings Park Festival, Australia's largest wildflower show is held in September each year.
The Kings Park Kiosk, the Botanical Café and Frasers Restaurant all provide great views over the Swan River and Perth city.
There are plenty of public transport options to get to King's Park and it's within easy walking distance from the CBD.
This memorial to the 10th Light Horse is one of many commemorating specific military units within the Park.