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Published April 17th 2012
10 Top Things to Do in Kings Park
Looking for a fun family place to visit that has plenty of activities to keep everyone happy? Kings Park is just the ticket. If you live in Perth you have probably been to Kings Park dozens of times, have read lots of things about it and know all there is to know about it.
Of course everyone knows that Kings Park has lovely flowers and gardens and a fantastic view and is a great place for a picnic but did you know that there are lots of other activities in Kings Park as well?
Take a tree-top walk and enjoy the spectacular views of Perth City, the Swan River and the Botanical Gardens on the Lotterywest Federation Walk . This walk is one of Kings Parks most popular tourist attractions.
The walkway is 620 metres long and it winds through Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens along a mixture of on-ground pathways, an elevated walkway and a steel and glass arched bridge.
The Federation Walk takes about forty minutes to complete and is free, although donations are welcome.
Synergy Parkland is a recreation park for the whole family. A great area for the kids to play and explore, with features such as the island fort, elevated walkway, large replica dinosaurs and a water misting forest. The kids will have hours of fun following the giant dinosaur footprints and finding ancient fossils.
There is also a timber boardwalk that creates a lovely walk over the lake area, taking you from the picnic ground right over to Lycopod Island – another great play and discovery area.
The Synergy Parkland is also a fantastic place for a picnic, with barbeque facilities, picnic tables and lots of shady, grassy areas.
There are some great self-guided tours of Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. Get some free brochures from the Information Centre or download information to help you on your walk.
If you would prefer, you can take a free guided tour of either Kings Park or the Botanic Gardens. The guided tours are held daily at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm and are run all through the year by volunteer guides.
There are several guided tours available including the Botanic Garden Walk, Kings Park - Past and Present Tour, Water Views and Wilderness Walk, Bushland Paths, Wilderness and Wildflowers and the Kings Park Mystery Walk.
Each guided tour is full of interesting information and facts and lasts for approximately one and a half hours.
Kings Park is home to several memorials including the State War Memorial, the Cenotaph, the 10th Light Horse Memorial, the Queen Victoria Statue, the Floral Clock, the 2/16th Battalion Memorial, the Kokoda Memorial Plaque, the Court of Contemplation and many more.
You can take a self-guided Memorials Walk which is approximately 1.7 kilometres long and takes about an hour to complete.
A brochure with all the details can be obtained from the visitors centre or downloaded from the website. It is full of interesting facts and information about all the memorials and statues in Kings Park.
The Lotterywest Family Area is popular with families and has a great playground for young children. Recently it was extensively refurbished and upgraded, the play areas in the Ivey Watson Playground are dedicated to children under 5 years of age.
There are other Playgrounds for older children and families and equipment has been installed on Hale Oval.
The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a tribute to the brave Australian Troops that fought in Papua New Guinea.
The Kokoda Track Walk begins at Kennedy Fountain and ends at the State War memorial. Part of the walk consists of 150 steep steps that rise vertically 62 metres and as you follow the track and the steps you will notice plaques dotted along the way to help guide you on your journey.
The Stickybeaks Café is located within the Lotterywest Family Area at Kings Park and close to the Ivey Watson Playground.
It's a great place for families to eat while the children can play close by. The café serves breakfast, lunch and snacks and you can eat inside or outdoors under the patio.
The Stickybeaks Café can get very busy especially on the weekends, it's open 7 days a week from 8am till 4.30 pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The recently renovated Zamia Café is located near the Synergy Playground in Kings Park. The café is child friendly and has a great children's menu and I am told that they serve a fantastic breakfast and lunch although I haven't tried it yet.
They do however serve a delicious Morning and Afternoon Tea. The freshly baked scones served with jam and cream, are a triumph and the dessert cabinet is simply full of delicious looking cakes and pastries.
The Zamia Café is casual yet has a stunning view overlooking the lake and gardens of Kings Park, it's open and bright and there is seating inside and outdoors. They have a variety of menus on offer and can even cater for special occasions.
The Zamia Café can get very busy especially on the weekends, it's open 7 days a week from 8am till 4.30 pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit Aspects of Kings Park and see some of the highest quality, contemporary Australian craft and design.
See the Giant Boab Tree which was brought to Kings Park from the Kimberley Region. This tree is 750 years old, weighs 36 Tonnes and is 14 metres high.
Take the Bushland Nature Walk and see loads of wild-flowers, trees and birds. It's an easy 25 minute walk that is suitable for the whole family.
The Law Walk is a 2.5 kilometre urban bush walk. It takes about 45 minutes to complete and you will see many plants and animals.
There is so much more to see and do at Kings Park, loads of activities and events for the whole family. You will have a tough time deciding where to start but you are sure to have a fun visit that you wont forget.
Kings Park is a beautiful spot to come to for a family picnic at the end of a hot summer day. It's spectacular to look down over the city (from the parkland near the Kings Park Road entrance) as the sun is going down. Whenever we've done this, there's usually quite a few other groups with the same idea: families, romantic love-birds, strolling tourists and many others. We also often go to the same place to show visiting friends or relatives the city lights and they regularly comment that it's the highlight of their visit to Perth.
We are South Afrians who have visited our family in Perth twice in the past 4 years. We have totally fallen in love with Kings Park. We always stay in Subiaco (great suburb) and go for walks every morning in KP. Zamia Cafe receive full marks for their breakfasts. Nothing to beat this - delicious food, quick service and what a lovely group of young people working there.
Babs & Gordon