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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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.

The Soul of the City

Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooks the Swan River and Darling Range and showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australia flora.

It is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks, cultural and ceremonial events.

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.

For Western Australians and for the many interstate and international visitors, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a place of inspiration, relaxation, recreation and wonder.

Royal Connections

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).

Cultural Heritage

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.

2004 - 2009 Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan