There is a lot to love about one of Perth's favourite family and tourist attractions.
You may be surprised to learn that Kings Park is one of the biggest inner-city parks in the Southern Hemisphere – it’s even bigger than the famous Central Park in New York!
It also happens to be one of my favourite places to visit with the children – it has a number of fantastic playgrounds, child-friendly coffee, daily guided walks, exciting events and an overload of fascinating history related to Perth’s heritage and culture. Kings Park is a short, free bus ride away from the Perth CBD (or a walk up a very steep hill, if you are keen) making it very accessible for families. Here are ten fantastic reasons to visit Kings Park.
Kings Park has a number of play areas for the kids, including the below:
Ivey Watson Playground – this is possibly the best-known of the play spaces. It is partially fenced and has a separate area for toddlers. You can read a full review here.
May Drive Parkland – formerly known as the Synergy playground, this large play space has towers, platforms, nature play, water play and more! You can read a full review here.
Rio Tinto Naturescape – the recently revamped Naturescape now contains two giant walkways in which children and families can look out over the park. It is largely nature-based, with lots of rocks and shallow waters to navigate. You can read a full review here.
May Drive Parkland
Need a coffee with your little ones in tow? Kings Park has you covered!
Stickybeaks is the famed Kings Park café located conveniently next to the Ivey Watson Playground and Lotterywest Family Area. It is accessible from Kulunga Grove and is open from 8am daily. Read more here.
Zamia Café is located just across from the May Drive Parkland and serves breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweet treats and coffee. Read more here.
Bovell Kiosk at the May Drive Parkland is open during busy periods, such as school holidays.
Botanical Café is located on Fraser Avenue, across from the State War Memorial.
Kings Park is full of fascinating history about Perth, and has a number of memorials and historical features, including the below:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Memorial
John Forrest Statue
Jewish War Memorial
Kokoda Memorial Plaque – placed on the slope of Mt. Eliza
South African War Memorial
Vietnam Memorial Pavilion
Bali Memorial – dedicated to victims of the 2002 Bali Bombings
You can read the full list of memorials around Kings Park here.
The Perth Explorer
Travel up to Kings Park in style! The city’s very own tourist bus, the Explorer, will take you up to Kings Park from the city and back again. It stops at the Wadjuk carpark (nearest to Fraser Avenue), Roe Gardens and the May Drive Parkland. You can read a full review here.
The Perth Explorer will take you to Kings Park
State War Memorial
The State War Memorial is a place for quiet reflection and remembering those who did not return from war. At the heart of the memorial is an 18 metre high granite obelisk that contains the names of members of the armed forces who died in the war.
The State War Memorial is the scene of the biggest Anzac Day Dawn service gathering in Perth, with around 40,000 people witnessing the wreath laying ceremony and paying their respects at the site each year.
Kings Park runs a number of popular events during the year, including the below:
New Years Eve – while Kings Park does not have an official New Years Eve event, it is a popular destination for families due to the views of the city and fireworks displays throughout the city.
The Kings Park Festival (Image: Kings Park Facebook page
Walking and bike riding paths
Kings Park has an abundance of pram and wheelchair paths that are also perfect for young children and their bicycles. A lot of the surfaces are flat, meaning they are also great for children learning to ride a bike.
Daily guided walks
If you fancy an easy-paced, free guided walk around Kings Park, there are walks leaving from Aspects on Fraser Avenue at 10am, 12pm and 2pm daily (with the exception of Christmas Day.) Your volunteer guide will cover a range of topics, including Treasures of the Botanic Gardens, Stories of People and Plants, Bushland and Wildflowers. The walks last for around 1.5 to 2 hours. Every Friday, you can talk part in the three-hour Heart of Kings Park walk on Fridays. Bookings are essential and you can read more here.
Plenty of picnic spots
There are so many picnic spots throughout Kings Park, including the lawn overlooking the city, May Drive Parkland and outside Zamia Café. There are barbeques dotted around the park for public use.
Lotterywest Federation Walkway
The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is a popular attraction at the park. Taking around 40 minutes to complete, the walkway incorporates an elevated, 52 metre glass and steel arched bridge in which visitors can enjoy views of the Swan and Canning Rivers. It is free and is open between 9am and 5pm daily.
If you are looking for more fantastic things to do with the kids in the Perth CBD, read on here.