Western AustraliaPerth Free All Year Outdoor
Park

Kings Park

One of the world’s largest areas of natural bushland near a major city center. Awe-inspiring views of Perth city, the Swan River, and Darling Ranges. Spend a day visiting the park with walking trails, war memorials, gardens, picnic spots, and children’s playgrounds.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1-3hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

DNA TowerDNA Tower
View of Perth city from Fraser AveView of Perth city from Fraser Ave
Flame of Remembrance & Pool of ReflectionFlame of Remembrance & Pool of Reflection
State War MemorialState War Memorial
Tree-lined Fraser AveTree-lined Fraser Ave
Synergy PlaygroundSynergy Playground

Who Will Like Kings Park

Nature Lover

Stroll along endless walking trails, be surrounded by wide-open grassy spaces and relax under the shade of towering Eucalyptus trees.

Culture Buff

Pay your respects and reflect on the names of Australians lost to wars at the State War Memorial. Numerous other monuments, statues, and sculptures are spread around the park including the Firefighters' Memorial Grove and The Bali Memorial.

Relaxation Guru

Soak up the sun on the lush, soft grass. Bring along a picnic and enjoy a bottle of bubbly from arguably Perth's best lookout point along the east side of Fraser Ave.

Photography Whiz

Capture the most iconic elevated view of Perth's city center along with the twisty DNA Tower.

Insider Tips For Kings Park

For the best views of Perth and easiest access to State War Memorial, park in Wadjuk car park. More parking spaces are available along Forrest Drive at the following named areas: Botanic Gardens, Roe Gardens, Balga, and Swan.

Kings Park can get busy on weekends and public holidays so if you can choose to visit on a weekday, it may be preferable.

4 playground areas are available for children: Rio Tinto Naturescape (closed in February & days with very high fire danger), May Drive Parkland, Lotterywest Family Area and Saw Avenue Picnic Area

Every September the Kings Park Festival showcases stunning wildflowers. This event has been held continuously for more than 55 years, making it one of Australia’s longest-running events.

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Where Is It

Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005, Australia

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Multiple parking lots spread around the park, with the most popular and central being Wadjuk Car Park. The main entrance is via Fraser Ave in the northeast of the park.

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Bus (935)

The stop is north of the State War Memorial on Fraser Ave. All public buses within the center of the city are free.

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Bus (CAT Green #5)

This free inner city bus runs on weekdays.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Picnic blanket. It's an Australian tradition to grill a "snag on the barbie". Free electric barbecues are available to the public. See map.
  • Sunscreen. Any extended period of time in the sun in Perth should be accompanied by sunscreen - including Spring and Autumn.
  • Mosquito repellant. If you're located near one of the lakes around sunset, it may attract unwanted pests.
  • Water. Stay hydrated as bottled water prices in the cafes are rather steep.
Don't:
  • Portable BBQs. There's a strict no-fire policy at Kings Park.
  • Alcoholic drinks. Public drinking is illegal in Western Australia.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Anytime

Tips: Filming or photography in the State War Memorial precinct requires written permission from RSLWA (ph: +61 8 9287 3799, email: [email protected]).

Drones

Drones allowed: No

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Free barbeques are available at Pines Picnic Area, May Drive Parkland, Lotterywest Family Area and Saw Avenue Picnic Area.

The following eateries are available:

Backstory

Development of the park started in 1892 on top of Mt Eliza and it officially opened in 1897. Originally called "Perth Park", it was renamed to "The King's Park" in 1901 upon the accession of King Edward VII to the British throne.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Show respect around war memorials.
Don't:
  • Pick the flowers. Native flora is protected by federal regulations and its unlawful to damage public parks and gardens.
  • Litter. There are garbage bins located in most popular park areas and near cafes.
  • Feed the wildlife. It can make the animals sick or they may become aggressive.

While dogs are welcome in most areas (provided they are on a leash no longer than 2 meters), there are some restricted locations: within 10 metres of any children's play area, on the elevated section of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, inside Rio Tinto Naturescape, at the Kings Park Festival, during Australia Day, ANZAC Day or summer events.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Rio Tinto Naturescape. Children aged 3-13 will enjoy the nature-based play area, as well as learning about Aboriginal history.
  • It's huge! Covering 400.6 hectares (4.06 km²), there's a wide range of parkland and playgrounds.
Could Be Better:
  • Limited parking. 5.8 million people visit per year, so on public holidays and summer weekends, it can be challenging finding a prime parking spot.
  • Tricky navigation. While Kings Park looks rather simple from above on Google Maps, the winding direction of roads and paths can be easily disorientating.
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