The showplace of Perth. Over 400 hectares of natural bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden including the summit of Mount Eliza which gives panoramic city views, make up this beautiful recreational reserve located adjacent to the Swan River approximately 1.5 km from the Central Business District. The park contains the State War Memorial and is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks, cultural and ceremonial events.
A few words from Kings Park
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is visited by millions of people each year. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, the Park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.
The total area of the Park is 406 hectares (roughly 1,000 acres) and is located adjacent to the Swan River and approximately 1.5 km from the Central Business District of Perth.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooks the Swan River and Darling Range and showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australia flora.
Nearly two thirds of the Park is natural bushland containing 319 species of native plants and around 80 bird species. The balance of the Park is made up of superb cultivated gardens and open recreational areas.
On the 1 October 1872 an area of 432 acres (175 ha) on Mount Eliza was gazetted as a public park by the Commissioner for Lands, Sir Malcolm Fraser, who had submitted this proposal to the Governor, Sir Frederick Weld, more than a year previously.
The area was renamed Kings Park in 1901 in honour of King Edward VII after a visit to Perth by his son, the Duke of York (later King George V).
Mount Eliza, (known as Kaarta gar-up by the local Nyoongar people), has always been a significant gathering point for local Aboriginal people and a focal point of European culture.
The State War Memorial was erected in 1929. The Avenues of Honour and special memorials throughout the Park are dedicated to those who died in the service of Australia.