If you are looking for Kings Park playgrounds and attractions, you’re in the right place. We have just spent our morning walking around this park, and we’ve got the perfect list of kid friendly activities for you! Kings Park is a 400 acre park located along the Swan River in Perth, which is home to beautiful botanic gardens, stunning views of the city and bushland walks and lawns for picnics. Kings Park is also home to a large number of kids activities that we are going to explore below.
- Where is Kings Park Perth?
- How to get to Kings Park Perth?
- Top 12 Things to do in Kings Park Perth
- Rio Tinto Naturescape
- The Botanic Gardens
- Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Variety Place
- State War Memorial
- May Drive Parkland (formerly Synergy Playground)
- The DNA Tower
- Lotterywest Federation Walkway
- Poolgarla Family Area and Ivey Watson Playground
- Gift shop
- Free guided walks
- Events and festivities
- Visit the Whispering Wall
- Accommodation Kings Park
- Kings Park Attractions and Playgrounds
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Where is Kings Park Perth?
Kings Parks is located along the Swan River in the middle of the Perth city centre. The official address of the park is Fraser Avenue, Perth WA 6005, but there are a large number of entrance points along the park. I recommend checking your phones map to find the closet entrance to you.
How to get to Kings Park Perth?
As I mentioned above, there are a large number of entrances to Kings Park. We entered through the Saw Ave entrance as that was closest to us. I would recommend entering through Fraser Ave entrance as that’s closest to the majority of the activities in the park.
Top 12 Things to do in Kings Park Perth
Without further ado, here is our top 12 things to do in Kings Parl Perth. This park is full of enriching and fun activities for kids to enjoy, and we can’t wait to share them with you!
Rio Tinto Naturescape
Kings Park nature playground is a place for children to lean about the unique Western Australian environment and connect with nature. Kids can brave the heights of The Python, wade in the Paperback Waterhole, get caught in a web in The Tangle, disappear down The Burrow and build a cubby house. This Kings Park adventure playground is the perfect place for kids to have fun outdoors, and connect with nature.
The Botanic Gardens
Kings Park’s Botanic Gardens celebrate the diverse and unique plant lift that call Western Australia home, and is one of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation. The 17 hectare Western Australian Botanic Gardens were opened in October 1965, an everchanging, living research centre that focuses on the conservation of Western Australia’s flora.
Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Variety Place
Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Variety Place is brilliant for all families visiting Kings Park, however the area was developed with the special needs of children with disabilities in mind. Thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity WA, new picnic and adventure area play elements were added in 2014 and include a fort, climbing net, bridges tunnels and climbing logs, along with new barbecues and picnic tables. The playground helps children with disabilities to get out and interact in the community, to communicate, increase self-esteem and and achieve independence.
State War Memorial
The State War Memorial is visited by more than 40,000 people each ANZAC Day Dawn Service, with numerous wreath laying ceremonies held every year at this landmark. The memorial is located on Mount Eliza, overlooking the Perth city centre. The area around the memorial is home to the cenotaph, court of contemplation, flame of remembrance and the pool of reflection. Make sure you check out the Whispering Wall near the eternal flame, kids will love experimenting with the sounds.
May Drive Parkland (formerly Synergy Playground)
May Drive Parkland (formerly knows as Synergy Playground Kings Park), is one of the most popular areas in Kings Park Botanic Garden. With great play areas, a café, rolling lawns and beautiful gardens, it is a perfect Kings Park playground. With several free electric barbeques (read more about them in the FAQ), May Drive Parkland is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the family.
Get Out with Kids Tip: Movie fans can enjoy a movie on the big screen under the stars between December and March. With new releases, classics and kids’ movies, there is something for everyone at the Moonlight Cinema.
Get Out with Kids Tip: Check out the Zamia Café right next to the playground. We recommend the Harvest Bowl and the Hamburger. You can get eat in or takeaway (which is perfect for a picnic).
The DNA Tower
The DNA Tower is the highest viewing point in Kings Park with spectacular views throughout the climb. On a clear day you may even be able to spot the Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island. The structure was built in 1966, but was refurbished in 2021. The 15 metre high staircase has 101 steps and was inspired by the famous double staircase in a Chateau in Blois, France. The original design included a shallow reflecting pond at the base of the tower. The tower is located an easy 1.5km walk from May Drive Parkland and the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Lotterywest Federation Walkway
The Lotterywest Federation Walkway gives stunning views of the city skyline as you walk among the treetops. The journey is 620 metres through the Western Australian Botanic Garden over an arched bridge suspended among a canopy of eucalypts. Since the walkway opened in 2003 it has become one of Kings Park and Botanic Garden’s most popular tourist attractions. You are welcome to do the 40 minute journey that begins east of the Forrest Roundabout, but also feel free to walk over the glass bridge, and then wind your way back through the gardens instead.
Poolgarla Family Area and Ivey Watson Playground
The Poolgarla Family Area (formerly known as Kings Park Lotterywest Playground and Family Area) is a recreational and play area suitable for the entire family. Located on the northern side of Kings Park, the family area is accessible from Kings Park Road. Home to a sandpit, climbing structures and pretend boats, kids will love exploring this fun area. The Ivey Watson Playground is another playground in Kings Park. Children can captain a pirate ship, be crowned a fair princess and make friends with the friendly critters. This area is best suited for children under five, as this area thrives on imaginative play. Poolgrala Parkland provides a perfect spot for older siblings who can enjoy climbing the space net, ball sports and ‘learn to ride’ cycle path.
Get Out with Kids Tip: The Biara Café (formerly Stickybeaks Café), is an ideal place for families to meet and grab a drink or meal.
Aspects of Kings Park is an unrivalled gallery and retail space featuring the highest quality Australian-made products, located right in the heart of Kings Park. Many visitors come to the gift shop for their high-quality items, which is why we recommend it, so you can get something to remember your trip.
Free guided walks
Free guided walks in Kings Park and Botanic Garden are led by the Kings Park Volunteer Guides. They depart daily from Fraser Avenue, outside the gift shop, every day except Christmas Day. Guided walks are free to the public and bookings are not necessary for groups less than 10. The Heart of Kings Park is a three-hour bushland walk, held on Fridays between July and October. Bookings are required and close midday Thursday.
Events and festivities
Kings Park is home to a range of events including outdoor concerts, movies and theatre from November – April every year. Click here to find what’s going on around your visit. The renowned Kings Park Festival is held each September to celebrate the wildflower season and the beginning of the Spring season.
Visit the Whispering Wall
The Whispering Wall surrounds the Pool of Reflection and the Eternal Flame. If you sit at one end, and another person sits at the other, you can whisper facing the wall, and the other person will be able to hear you. Kids will enjoy experimenting with the acoustics, and it’s something you don’t want to miss.
Accommodation Kings Park
If you’re looking for a place to stay near Kings Park Perth, we’ve compiled three options below. One for budget, one for family and one for luxury.
Kings Park Motel – Budget
Kings Park Motel is nestled between the native bush-land and botanical gardens of Kings Park, Perth’s major hospitals, The University of Western Australia and the Subiaco shopping precinct. The motel is 3 km from Perth CBD (Central Business District).
Quest Kings Park – Family
Located across the road from beautiful Kings Park, Quest Kings Park offers modern studio apartments. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Quest Kings Park is a 5-minute drive from Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. It is a 5-minute drive from the heart of Perth CBD, where you can enjoy shopping at Hay Street Mall, or dine at a number of cafes and restaurants. Perth Airport is a 20-minute drive away.
COMO The Treasury – Luxury
Set in stunning buildings from the mid-19th Century, COMO The Treasury is wonderfully located in the Perth CBD. Guests can enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, dine at one of 2 restaurants or enjoy a massage at the spa. Free WiFi is included. COMO The Treasury is a 15-minute walk from Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and just a 2-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Hay Street Mall. Perth Airport is a 20-minute drive away.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Kings Park in Perth.
Does Kings Park have a playground?
Yes! Kings Park playgrounds Perth is home to 4 stunning outdoor playgrounds. The Saw Avenue Picnic and Play (best for 6-10s) area, the May Drive Parkland(best for 7+), the Rio Tinto Naturescape (best for 6-13s) and the Poolgarla Family Area (best for under 5s).
Is Kings Park the largest park in the world?
Not exactly. Kings Park is 400.6 acres of land, which makes it one of the biggest city parks in the world. Even larger than New York’s Central Park, and London’s Hyde Park.
Can you drink alcohol in Kings Park?
Kings Park is a public open space, so you must obtain written permission from the BGPA to consume any alcohol in the park.
Can you BBQ in Kings Park?
Absolutely! Kings Park includes many free electric barbeques provided, maintained by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
Can you take dogs to Kings Park Perth?
Yes! All dogs are welcome in Kings Park Western Australia provided that they are on a leash no longer than two metres. However, dogs are not permitted in the Rio Tinto Naturescape due the high quantity of natural wildlife in this area.
Kings Park Perth Opening Hours
Kings Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Please note that some areas such as the information centre and cafes may have their own separate operating hours.
How many people go to Kings Park?
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. The park welcomes roughly 6 million visitors every year.
Kings Park Attractions and Playgrounds
So there you have it, there’s the top 12 things you can do with Kids in Kings Park Perth. Our list has explored the best attractions and children’s playgrounds in Kings Park, along with the best places in Kings Park. We hope this list has helped you find some things to do the next time your family is in Kings Park. If you think we left anything out, feel free to let us know below.
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