West Australian Botanic Garden Walk, Perth

Kings Park, Perth

West Australian Botanic Garden Walk, Perth

Kings Park, Perth
Staff Pick
43 m
2.88 km
Easy

Summary

This is the must do walk in Perth. It is in one of the most beautiful and impressive botanic gardens in Australia.

West Australian Botanic Garden Walk, Perth

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This is the must do walk in Perth. It is in one of the most impressive botanic gardens in Australia.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.

The walk includes information on, and celebrates, much about Nyoongar culture and relationship with the land. Nyoongar is a generic term for the indigenous people of the sort-west of western Australia.

There are many different walk routes that could be taken and this mapped route is a guide of one, but really, you could make it up as you go. There is a mix of high quality (wheelchair friendly) tracks, though to some that are more bush tracks (good quality).

The vision of the West Australian Botanic is "to create and provide world-recognised botanic gardens and parks and to inspire the conservation of biological diversity. Staff and volunteers work enthusiastically to make both parks the inspiring places they are today." We think they fulfil this vision admirably.

A small drawback is the start of the walk that follows along the Swan River can be a bit noisy from the traffic below, but is soon disappears as you get more over to Kings Park.

Dogs allowed on leash.

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Points of Interest

1. Botanic Garden sign

If commencing the walk from this aspect, you'll see the sign and sculpture behind.

2. To the State War Memorial

The State War Memorial Precinct is located on Mount Eliza overlooking Perth Water. The precinct comprises of the Cenotaph, Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection.

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3. Views to the water

There are numerous spots along the path to look out over the water and to Perth.

4. Mangles Kangaroo Paw

When we visited in late July, the Kangaroo Paw were in flower and simply stunning. It is the floral emblem of Western Australia

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5. The Path

The path is of a high quality, wide and flat, with lots to look at on either side.

6. The Federation Walkway

A detour onto the raised Federation walkway is well worth the visit so you can walk among the tree tops (easily accessed form this mapped route)

7. Federation Walkway bridge detail

If you go over the bridge, be sure to notice the detail on the surface, it's quite beautiful

8. Balga (Grass trees)

This might not be the exact spot where this garden is, but you can't and shouldn't miss it, it is classically Australian.

9. Water Garden

The Water Garden is a wonderful collection of ponds connected by a stream with little waterfalls over rocks. Its a great place to stop and listen to the sounds.

10. From the Women's Fountain

Over the little bridge and back onto the meandering path towards the

11. Pioneer Women's Fountain

The Pioneer Women's Memorial consists of an ornamental lake, fountains and sculpture by Margaret Priest, "represents a mother with an infant in her arms, stepping forth to meet her destiny".

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12. Banksia Garden seat

A wonderful spot for a rest to look back over the grass to the Pioneer Women's Fountain.

13. Banksia Garden

This photo doesn't do justice to the amazing array of Banksia that are in the Garden.

14. Gija Jumulu (Boab tree)

This amazing 750 year old tree came from Telegraph Creek 3,200 Km away. The Gija people from the Kimberley gifted the tree to the people of Western Australia.

Features

Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Natural Trail Natural Trail
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
General General
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly

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