King’s Park Adventure
King’s Park is located on the western edge of the central business district(CBD) in Perth, Western Australia and is the largest inner-city park in the world and the most popular visitor destination in Perth,Western Australia, being visited by over five million people each year. The 4.06-square-kilometre (1,003-acre) park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two-thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland. With breath-taking views of the Swan River and Darling Range, the park is home to over 324 native plant varieties, 215 known indigenous fungi species and 80 bird species. The park is also rich in fauna (both native and imported) and during September of each year Kings Park hosts Australia’s largest wildflower show and exhibition – the Kings Park Festival. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River.
For people who like their taste of History, within the premise of the park, there are various memorials present to admire. The State War Memorial Precinct among other memorials is the most popular and is located on Mount Eliza overlooks the Perth Water. Comprises of the Cenotaph, Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection. The Anzac Day dawn service is held at 5:30 am on 25 April each year and is attended by more than 40,000 people. Underneath the Cenotaph is the roll of honour with the names of all servicemen and women who enlisted in Western Australia to die in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, Korean War or Vietnam.
The botanic garden within the park is an 18-hectare site. Currently known as the Western Australian Botanic Garden. It has a collection of 2000 species of Western Australian flora on display. West Australian Botanic Garden is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation. The garden was designed by John Oldham, and was established to showcase the flora of Western Australia to those visiting Perth for the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, although the official opening did not take place until 4 October 1965. Botanic Garden is today home to over half of Australia’s 25,000 plant species and comprises of the following popular landmarks
Gija Jumulu Boab Tree
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Fountain and Water Garden
Centenary of Western Australian Women’s Suffrage Memorial
Lotterywest Federation Walkway
Another popular attraction within the park premise is the DNA Tower, built on the highest point of the park in 1966, the DNA Tower is a white 15m high double helix staircase that has 101 steps and was inspired by a double staircase in the Château de Blois in France. Its design resembles the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecule. The paving below the DNA Tower is made with stones sent from 11 towns and 80 shires in Western Australia.
Other than exploring all these landmarks, tourists can suck the lush green atmosphere and vibe that is present within the park and easily spend quality time, just by lying ideally or strolling along the various walks and soaking in the nature.