A Walk In The Park – Exploring Perth’s Kings Park And Botanical Gardens

I’ve been in Perth, Western Australia for nearly three weeks now. I am slowly ticking off a few sights in and around the city, taking my time to explore my new surroundings.

The first thing on my must-see list was Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens, which apart from being a beautiful place to explore, gives you a fantastic view of the city. This struck me as the perfect introduction to Perth: the whole city spanning out in front of my eyes. Nothing says welcome better than a good vantage point from which to view your new, temporary home.

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The Swan Brewery Building

I explored the Botanical Gardens first. This was opened in 1965, spans 17 hectares and contains a vast array of Western Australian species. There are several lovely walking paths through parts of the Gardens, with the central area being given over to mainly wild bush land.

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Lotterywest Federation Walkway

Over a raised bridge through the trees, the breeze rustled the leaves and the glass sides meant that you felt as if you were walking through the foliage.

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After exploring the Botanical Gardens I joined a free walking tour of Kings Park. These tours depart three times a day from the Visitor Centre and are run by volunteers who share their knowledge of the park’s history, the founding of the city and the flora and fauna. You can learn about the strong connection to Aboriginal culture and the role Kings Park plays in Perth’s social history.

One thing I enjoyed learning about was that Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens have more memorials, statues and honour avenues than any other park in Australia. Everywhere you walked there were commemorative pieces dedicated to outstandingly brave people and it felt a fitting location in which to enjoy them.

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South African War Memorial

A prominent memorial is the State War Memorial Cenotaph, which sits on the edge of the park overlooking the city and is one of Perth’s most iconic features.

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And if you are not enjoying your stroll around this lush, green haven, then there is the view.

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Perth from Kings Park

I don’t know about you, but a cityscape always leaves me feeling many emotions: invigorated, inspired, optimistic. You can’t help but look at a strange city and not feel the hint of a promise about what you mind find there, do, see or achieve.

Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens are open all year round and are free to visit. They are walkable from the city centre or you can take the free buses from the city centre to the front gates.

Have you just arrived somewhere new? What do you like to do when first getting to a new city? I love a good view – the higher up the better – but what about you? Share your thoughts with me!

 

 

10 Comments

  1. March 14, 2016 / 3:46 PM

    I’ve lived in Perth my whole life but seeing a travelers perspective really makes me see it in a different way! Perth really can be beautiful!

  2. March 15, 2016 / 8:14 AM

    Perth was our home too for about 2yrs and about to leave NZ for that when other opportunity knocks on my husband door. I miss it all and glad to see your post and reminding me that this place is also home. They are similar with NZ except the weather as Perth can be too hot for comfort but I do love Perth as it is. 🙂 Enjoy there while you can.

    • March 21, 2016 / 7:51 AM

      Yes, the weather here in Perth can be very warm! I liked the climate of NZ though, it suited my English skin a bit better!

  3. March 16, 2016 / 8:31 AM

    I’ve lived in Perth my entire life so I take things for granted a little to much. But seeing it through a travelers eyes really makes me appreciate where I am.

    • March 21, 2016 / 7:50 AM

      Thanks for reading and commenting! You are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. I am enjoying myself here very much! Any local hints and tips on where to go and what to see?

      • March 21, 2016 / 8:06 AM

        I’m very much a fremantle girl so definitely check out the fremantle markets. On sunday afternoons they drop the fruit and veg prices and it is all delicious!!! Fremantle also bas the best cafes! I could give you an endless list of places to go for breakfast but my current favorite is The Attic. Personally I haven’t done a tour of the fremantle prison but I have heard so many good things about it so maybe check that out to

        • March 21, 2016 / 8:10 AM

          I love Fremantl! Yes, I have been to the markets and funnily enough I spotted the cheap and delicious fruit and veg too… I was definitely getting involved with that! The tour of the prison is on my list, so when I do it I’ll have to blog about it! Thanks so much.

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