Welcome to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority's news, keeping you up-to-date with what's happening in Kings Park and Bold Park. You may like to subscribe to one of our newsletters or browse the media section and science highlights.

Please note that these news items served a particular purpose at a particular time and may have been superseded. They may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. They may link or refer to web pages or documents that have moved.

We aim to alert the public to major closures and service interruptions where possible. At certain times it is necessary to close roads and facilities within Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park. Operational and maintenance activities can impact the status of roads, carparks, paths and services in the parks and closures will occur during certain weather conditions.

Current major notices will be listed below. There will be times where notices will only be available on location. Please observe all signage and instructions by traffic attendants.

Visitors can review current State roadworks via the Main Roads website to assist travel planning to and from the parks.

If you are planning an event, you will reduce the chance of service interruption or inconvenience by making a booking

Bold Park was declared an A-class reserve on 10 August 1998 for its high conservation, landscape and recreation values and vested with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for management. It is one of the largest remaining bushland remnants in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain, covering 437 hectares near the coast. The vision for Bold Park is 'to be identified as a world-class urban wilderness enjoyed, studied and managed with the community'.

Bold Park has an impressive biodiversity, with over 1000 native and non-native species of flora, fauna and fungi identified. Over 300 different local native plants are found within the park boundaries, including a number of priority and regionally significant species. Despite its proximity to the city, there is an abundance of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. An array of almost 500 species of macrofungi have also been documented.

'To maintain a small patch of wild countryside with wild animals and plants where city people can see them is an enormously valuable thing to do, a great refreshment of the spirit for people who live in towns ...' Sir David Attenborough (referring to Bold Park, 1989).

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is a Western Australian State Government authority. It was formed in 1999, following the proclamation of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 and Regulations 1999.

The two major incentives for this new Act were to update legislation that had been operating for the management of Kings Park and Botanic Garden by the Kings Park Board since 1895 and to provide legislation for the Authority to manage other designated lands, such as Bold Park (which was declared an A class reserve in August 1998). Kings Park and Bold Park are two of Perth's largest reserves, incorporating the State's Botanic Garden and important urban bushland areas.

The Authority's vision is to create and provide world-recognised botanic gardens and parks and to inspire the conservation of biological diversity. Many staff and volunteers work enthusiastically to make both parks the inspiring places they are today.

The Authority conducts business from head office in Kings Park on Fraser Avenue, Kings Park and from the Western Australian Ecology Centre located in Bold Park, City Beach.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority publishes a range of information including books, brochures, scientific papers, strategic policy documents and annual reports.

Books

Books published by the Authority are available for purchase from Aspects of Kings Park, along with a large range of books on topics including gardening, travel, cooking, art and design, natural and cultural history, Australian and children’s literature.

Brochures and maps

Brochures and maps exist on a range of topics. They can be obtained from Kings Park's Visitor Information Centre or Bold Park's Western Australian Ecology Centre. Many are freely available to download from this website.

Scientific papers

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority staff and students produce and contribute to an impressive amount of scientific publications each year, including book chapters, progress reports, conference proceedings and journal articles. The Science Directorate undertakes integrated and innovative research in native plant biology, underpinning conservation and ecological restoration of Western Australia's unique biodiversity, and biodiversity generally.

Plans and policies

Planning and policy documents such as the Strategic Plan and Management Plans assist in the planning of operational activities.

Reports

Periodically the Authority produces reports related to the management of Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Bold Park. These are made available online below or by contacting the Customer Services Officer, as appropriate. 

Your interest in employment opportunities at Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is welcomed. The Authority actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people in our workplace. We encourage all people, including those with disability, Aboriginal Australians, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for vacant positions.

Applicants should read the Job Application Guidelines and the Job Description for each position. It is strongly recommended that you read this information as it will assist you in producing a correctly formatted job application. You may also be interested in our employment principles.

Application kits containing information found on this website can be obtained by phoning (+61 8) 9480 3613 (24 hour answering machine).

All current job vacancies will be posted to this page. Please contact the Employee Services Officer for further information.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA or Authority) manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park in Perth, Western Australia. The Authority sits within the Western Australian State Government portfolio of the Minister for the Environment. The strategic direction of the Authority is largely dictated by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 and Regulations 1999.

The Botanic Gardens and Park Authority (BGPA) and its Board of Management manage Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park under the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 and associated Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Regulations 1999.

The strategic direction of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is largely dictated by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998. Policy documents such as the Strategic Plan and Management Plans assist in the ongoing care and maintenance of the designated lands, Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park.

Annual Reports, describing the functions and operations of BGPA, are presented to the Western Australian Parliament each financial year. These and other publications are available to the community.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Bold Park are iconic Perth landmarks steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. Managed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, staff are committed to promoting appreciation and understanding of Western Australia’s unique biodiversity and motivating visitors to join with us in its conservation.

All forms of education by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority are based on three simple 'take-home' messages:

  1. Kings Park and Bold Park are special places
  2. Western Australia has unique biodiversity
  3. You Can Do It! - a call to environmental action for ecological sustainability.

The Science team undertakes integrated and innovative research in native plant biology, underpinning conservation and ecological restoration of Western Australia's unique biodiversity, and biodiversity generally. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.

Research is focused in the key areas of restoration ecology, seed science, conservation genetics, conservation biotechnology, orchid conservation, and systematics, with a focus on extension to practitioners and land managers.

The Authority has a long history of successful post-graduate student supervision in collaboration with Western Australian universities and contributes to undergraduate teaching, predominantly in conservation biology and restoration ecology.

Science seminars are held in the Biodiversity Conservation Centre for staff, students and general public at various times throughout the year.

Kings Park's Restoration Ecology Group researches a wide spectrum of new and innovative methods for tackling the ecological restoration in urban bushlands and post-mining and post-degradation environments. The Group has projects and experience working across Western Australia's bio-diverse ecosystems, from Pilbara grassland and savannah, mid-west shrublands, Swan Coastal Plains Banksia woodlands and shrublands to Jarrah forest, marine seagrass meadows, and arid coastal communities.

Many of these projects take place in regions of the highest conservation value, including World Heritage sites, Threatened Ecological Communities and hyper-diverse shrublands. These programs are complemented by others on the ecology and restoration requirements of rare plant species including many with restricted ranges, specialised inter-specific associations and/or specialised environmental tolerances.

In addition to developing restoration capacity in Western Australia, the experience and skills of the Restoration Ecology Group is extended through projects in ecosystems with comparable limitations and challenges around the world, such as in Libya, Saudi Arabia. Kuwait, SW USA and New Caledonia.

Please contact Dr Jason Stevens with enquiries relating to Restoration Ecology.

Integration of basic and applied research to investigate the conservation biology of the State's threatened flora which now number well over 430 taxa provides a holistic framework for improving our understanding of the environmental and ecological factors affecting threatened species conservation. This knowledge is used to enhance conservation outcomes through a raft of ex situ and in situ measures that aim to provide a brighter future for threatened taxa in this state. Research scientists affiliated with threatened flora recovery and conservation, collaborate with a wide range of industry, community and government organisations including mining companies, environmental consultants, native plant nurseries, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, local councils and shires.

The BGPA has over 20 years experience working on species recovery with early research focusing on the development of micropropagation techniques, establishing ex situ conservation collections, and improving our understanding of the population ecology and conservation genetics of species such as the underground orchid (Rhizanthella gardneri), the Corrigin grevillea (Grevillea scapigera) and the hidden beard heath (Leucopogon obtectus). Subsequent research programs on Caladenia huegelii, Symonanthus bancroftii, Darwinia masonii, Lepidosperma gibsonii, Eremophila resinosa, Androcalva perlaria, Tetratheca paynterae and Ricinocarpos brevis have targeted the development of translocation techniques for establishing new populations, weed control measures to aid the reinstatement of threatened flora and the construction of species distribution models to more accurately define search areas for in situ surveys and to better select sites for new translocated populations.

Through dedicated research using an integrated interdisciplinary approach, government, industry and the community can achieve much better conservation outcomes for the management and reinstatement of threatened species and the rehabilitation and restoration of native biodiversity generally.

Please contact Dr Shane Turner with enquiries relating to Species Recovery.

The Seed Conservation team undertakes research into theoretical and applied aspects of seed biology, physiology, and ecology. This research aims to advance the underlying principles of seed biology and translate these into technologies for plant propagation, conservation, and landscape restoration. Seed Conservation supports the Western Australian Seed Technology Centre which plays a vital role in conserving WA’s biodiversity through the long-term storage of seeds.

Research focuses on seed collection, quality assessment and control, seed banking, seed germination and dormancy, and techniques for improving seed delivery and seedling establishment at restoration sites. Seed ecological research aims to understand the role of seeds in shaping the establishment, reproduction, and persistence of plant species and communities.

The Seed Conservation team collaborates with national and international partners, including other state botanic gardens and the Millennium Seedbank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, and works closely with Western Australian universities, the mining and agricultural industries and landcare groups to ensure research outcomes are disseminated to the wider community.

Please contact Dr David Merritt with enquiries relating to Seed Conservation.

Conservation Genetics research at BGPA addresses genetic issues underpinning practical outcomes in the conservation and recovery of rare and threatened native plant species, and for the ecological restoration of degraded native landscapes under the care and management of BGPA, and across the state. Research is also focused more broadly in molecular ecology, and particularly on the key processes influencing genetic variation and evolution within and among native plant populations. Research extends to identifying significant units for management and conservation, and the evolutionary relationships among these taxa, using modern molecular tools.

Biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources - this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. Thus, for the conservation of biological diversity, genetic variation within species is of equal importance to variation among species and ecosystems. An understanding of not only the amount and geographic patterning of genetic variation within species, but also the processes that effect genetic variation and the consequences of an erosion of genetic variation, are critical for the management, conservation and restoration of biodiversity.

The Conservation Genetics team is headed by Senior Research Scientist Dr Siegy Krauss, and currently comprises six externally funded research scientists and five PhD students. Significant research outcomes have been achieved with research funding from the Australian Research Council and industry partners, through extensive and productive collaborations, and through an integrated team approach to practical outcomes in conservation biology achieved at BGPA.

Please contact Dr Siegy Krauss with enquiries relating to Conservation Genetics.

The Ecosystem Ecology team investigates the landscape processes that influence the function and persistence of native ecosystems. Fire, drought, climate change, altered hydrological dynamics, weed invasion, fragmentation, urbanisation and altered fauna communities interact with plant traits in complex and powerful ways that can lead to change in the structure, composition, function and condition of ecosystems. Often these changes threaten the values that we attach to ecosystems. Our science aims to understand processes so that we can develop appropriate management responses that optimise conservation outcomes.

Ecosystem processes are the interactions between diverse ecological communities and the external and internal factors that drive dynamic processes within those communities. These interactions can be stabilising or disruptive, they can operate in synergistic or competitive, and diffuse or catastrophic ways. Their action can result in cyclical, chaotic, continuous or step-wise ecosystem change.

Global change processes – climate change, fragmentation, urbanisation, altered hydrological and fire regimes, failure of ecosystem function following from keystone species loss, soil degradation and the introduction of pest animal and plant species – further interact with these ecosystem processes, often to the detriment of the resilience and condition of ecosystems. Understanding how these processes function and interact leads to fascinating science but is also critical for the management of ecosystems for conservation, ecosystem services and risk abatement.

The Ecosystem Ecology currently focuses on three main areas: fire ecology, tree decline and ecosystem change, and plant-animal (pollination, dispersal, herbivory) interactions. The team works in urban bushlands, less disturbed 'intact' vegetation, and restoration sites. It employs tools from community ecology, population ecology, fire science, population genetics, seed science and ecophysiology – and collaborates closely with other sections of Kings Park Science, as well as researchers at UWA, Murdoch University and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Please contact Dr Ben Miller with any enquiries relating to Ecosystem Ecology.

horticulture in kings parkThe role of horticulture at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is to provide innovative techniques, systems and outcomes in propagation, cultivation and display in the garden beds and turf in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Bold Park.

At every level, staff aim to produce the highest quality appropriate for each situation. This is critical in maintaining the Western Australian Botanic Garden and assisting in the preservation and display of the State's incredible biological diversity. These horticulture techniques and systems are also used to produce and manage plants in bushland regeneration activities.

The specialist horticultural skills of Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority staff are crucial in propagating and providing plants of Declared Rare Flora to regeneration and translocation projects run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. This is due to the limited amount of seed or cutting material from these extremely rare plants, that are often difficult to propagate and grow.

Staff and volunteers are committed to the introduction and appropriate use of native species in the wider urban environment of Perth and readily share their knowledge to assist in the creation and maintenance of native gardens.

This section provides detailed information on selected native species that are particularly relevant to the Perth community, including their distribution, flowering season, cultivation and propagation.

A new species is featured monthly, with a focus on plants that are flowering at the time. Notes are also provided on where to view the plant in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Pimelea ferruginea K LOVE APlant development at Kings Park and Botanic Garden is undertaken to 'conserve, develop, manage and display collections of Western Australia and other flora' (as per the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998).

The role of plant development at Kings Park and Botanic Garden is to:

  • increase the range and form of Western Australian plants available for display in the botanic garden, home gardens and public landscapes
  • to promote the use of plants in general horticulture and
  • to raise the profile of Kings Park in the community.

Plant development activities have a long history at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Several well-known plants sold in nurseries and grown in home gardens have originated at Kings Park. One of the best known is Callistemon 'Kings Park Special'. This is a seedling of unknown origin, first selected, propagated and registered by Kings Park and Botanic Garden in 1980. This cultivar grows into a small, bushy tree to 5 m and 4 m wide with bright red inflorescences in autumn and spring. This plant sets fertile seed but must be grown by cuttings to preserve its form.

Another well known plant is Pimelea ferruginea 'Magenta Mist', a darker flowering form of Pimelea ferruginea. It was selected from a wild coastal population near Northcliffe, WA. It is similar to the standard form of this species in all except the dark magenta flower colour.

With water restrictions having been in place in Perth since the summer of 2001, there is an increasing trend to incorporate native plants into garden beds. This is a trend that the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority supports, as it preserves fresh water supplies, celebrates our unique flora and provides resources for the fauna of Perth which manage to survive in urban areas.

The biggest misconception about Australian garden plants is that they have to be treated quite differently from plants from other continents. This idea results in two opposing beliefs - one being that they can be neglected, and the other being they have fussy needs that make them difficult to grow, especially when mixed with exotics. In reality, however, the same general horticultural rules apply to all ornamentals. Every plant, whatever its origins, grows better with a little care and attention, and some plants have slightly different requirements regarding soil and position.

The Backyard Botanicals Garden is a ‘grow-me-at-home’ garden in the Synergy Parkland which demonstrates how easy it is to grow Western Australian native plants. If you would like to create your own native garden or need advice on how to improve your existing one, browse the articles in this section, come along to a free Dig it with Coffee session or contact the Garden Advisory Service.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden celebrates the unique and diverse plant life of Western Australia and is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation.

The original vision for Perth Park, later Kings Park, was of a European style garden with lawns, shady trees and flower beds. Recognition of the climatic differences and the low nutrient soil changed this vision.

In October 1965, the 17 hectare Western Australian Botanic Garden was opened; an everchanging, living research centre that focuses on the conservation of Western Australia's flora and displays some of the State's most diverse and spectacular plant groups.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden is one of a kind. It belongs to a worldwide network of botanic gardens devoted to the scientific research, conservation and display of flora. It is located within Kings Park which is the most visited place in Western Australia.

In 2015 the Western Australian Botanic Garden celebrated its 50th anniversary. Explore special areas of the WA Botanic Garden with an 'Anniversary Adventure' each month.

Get involved and let your passion grow

Kings Park and Bold Park offers places of great natural beauty, open space and tranquillity in our busy city. They are also leading centres of conservation, horticulture and science.

Learn how you can support the vibrant and passionate community of dedicated staff, volunteers and visitors that care for our parks.

  • Volunteer with your parks. Contact us to find a role that suits your passion and interests.
  • Become a member of the Friends of Kings Park or Friends of Bold Park Bushland. You do not have to actively volunteer in the parks to provide support - your membership is an important contribution.
  • Become a corporate supporter or enter an employee partnership.
  • Come work with us. View current job opportunities with the Botanic Gardens and Park Authority.
  • Enjoy a school excursion in an outdoor classroom. Book with Kings Park Education; a leader in environmental education.
  • Book your next outdoor function with us. We have venues and facilities to cater for a wide range of functions including weddings, social and family groups, corporate functions, community groups and sporting events.
  • Visit us - join us for events such as the Kings Park Festival and Summer Events program.
  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep up-to-date with what is happening in Kings Park and Bold Park.
  • Tell us what you think. All suggestions and comments are welcome to improve the experience of our visitors.

Audio transcripts are provided where possible to assist those visitors unable to listen to material offered in audio files. These transcripts are not to be considered exact copies of audio material. They should be treated as summaries of the information presented. Please contact us with any queries.

Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education.

Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which 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.

Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. Bushland walk trails, immaculate gardens and parklands and a variety of children’s discovery play areas can all be found in Kings Park. The Visitor Information Centre, free daily guided walks, Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop, cafes and public transport are easily accessible.

Getting to and around Kings Park and Botanic Garden is easy. Located in Kings Park, a short distance from Perth CBD, there are multiple entry points along main roads. Parking is free for visitors and public transport is readily available. Walks and tours are offered daily.

Free guided walks in Kings ParkKings Park and Botanic Garden offers a range of walks and commercial tours to appeal to visitors of all interests and abilities.

Free guided walks in Kings Park are led by Kings Park Volunteer Guides. They depart daily from Fraser Avenue, outside Aspects of Kings Park. The walks run every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day. Additional walks are available during the annual Kings Park Festival in September.

Self-guided walks are also available for visitors to experience the park's walking trails at their own leisure. Brochures are available from the Visitor Information Centre.

You can also take a guided walk with an Aboriginal guide on an Indigenous Heritage Tour to learn about the local Aboriginal people, their stories and their relationship with Kings Park.

For those with limited time, the Perth Explorer Bus runs tours through Kings Park and Botanic Garden, stopping at key areas within the park.

Cycling is also a great way to tour the park with bike racks provided at various locations. 

Lord Forrest memorialFor many thousands of years, Aboriginal people have been visiting Kings Park, which was previously referred to as Mooro Katta or Kaarta Gar-up, two of the many names for what is now known as Mount Eliza in Kings Park. It remains an important ceremonial and cultural place for the Indigenous people of Western Australia.

Two years after the settlement of the Swan River Colony in 1829, most of the area now designated as Kings Park and Botanic Garden was set aside for 'public purposes' by Lieutenant Governor James Stirling and Surveyor General John Septimus Roe.

In 1872 Governor Frederick Weld and Surveyor General Malcolm Fraser formally gazetted 175 ha of the 1831 reserve as a Public Park. An additional area of land was added to the park in 1890, essentially bringing it up to its current size of 400.6 ha.

John Forrest became Premier of Western Australia in 1890 and development of the park commenced in 1892. The park was fenced with gates at either end of a newly constructed Perth Park Road. Different sections of the road have since been renamed Fraser Avenue, Forrest Drive and Poole Avenue.

Forrest named the land 'The Perth Park' in 1895. The name was changed in 1901 to 'Kings Park' to mark the accession of King Edward VII to the British throne.

You might like to download Firesticks to Fireworks from the brochures section of this website or purchase the book: A Joy Forever - The Story of Kings Park and Botanic Garden, available from Aspects of Kings Park.

Kings Park Education logoLearning comes naturally

Kings Park Education provides hands-on, inquiry-based education programs for students from Kindergarten to Tertiary. Programs highlight the unique plants, people and places of Western Australia and the role we can all play in a sustainable future. All programs are delivered by qualified educators in line with the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities set out by the Australian curriculum. Whether you are visiting Kings Park and Botanic Garden for a picnic, a play or an education program, please let us know you are coming to ensure your enjoyment and safety in case of an emergency.

Download the pdf2016 Kings Park Education program4.05 MB.

Contact the Education Bookings Officer with any enquiries. The Education Bookings Office is open 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Tuesday and Friday.

Kings Park EducationKings Park Education provides hands-on, inquiry-based education programs for students from Kindergarten to Tertiary. Self-guided excursions are also available.

Please contact the Education Bookings Officer to make a booking or for further information.

‘Thank you for providing my students with this real life learning experience which they miss because of the busyness of life’
Pre-primary teacher, Homes and Hideaways

Kings Park Festival 2016 logoFind yourself in a carpet of wildflowers in a Floral Fantasy for the Kings Park Festival from 1 - 30 September 2016. Visit the world's biggest display of Western Australia's famous wildflowers from every region of the state without leaving the city.

The Festival is proudly presented by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the Friends of Kings Park with the generous support of Lotterywest. Keep in touch with the Kings Park events calendar, subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the Festival news. We look forward to welcoming you to Kings Park this September!

Nandi Chinna will be our writer-in-residence this September. Photo: D. Blumer.Our Kings Park Writer in Residence Nandi Chinna has been gathering inspiration from around the park in 2016. She has been moved by the park's visitors and beautiful natural environment.

Nandi will be involved in a number of creative events during the Kings Park Festival, including poetry readings, walks and Map My Story, an interactive art project.

A series of 'Poems in the Park' written or selected by Nandi Chinna can be found 'blooming' along paths in the gardens and bushland throughout Kings Park this spring.

We're delighted to share examples of her poetry here. New poems will be added each week during the Festival.

About Nandi

An acclaimed poet, essayist and research consultant, Dr Nandi Chinna is also an inspiring teacher who has taught creative writing to a people of all ages for more than 20 years. She has performed her poetry in diverse venues from the Perth Writers' Festival, Five Islands Press poets tour of the east coast of Australia and the Literary London Conference in Bloomsbury UK.

Her publications include 'Our Only Guide is Our Homesickness' (Five Islands Press, 2007), 'How to Measure Land', which was joint winner of the 2010 Picaro Press Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize, and 'Swamp; walking the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain' (Fremantle Press, 2014). Her wetland poem 'Cut and Paste Lake' won the 2014 Tom Collins Poetry Prize.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden provides for various eating styles, from casual kiosk, to sit down cafe, to an award winning restaurant. Whichever option you choose, you can be guaranteed beautiful surroundings to make your meal an enjoyable event.

Visitors are welcome to use the free barbecues at the Pines Picnic Area, Synergy Parkland, Lotterywest Family Area or Saw Avenue Picnic Area or enjoy their own picnic on the manicured lawns. Please note that portable barbecues are not permitted due to safety reasons.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is protected as an A class reserve. Please help us conserve our parkland and bushland areas by limiting rubbish and not feeding the wildlife. We encourage all visitors to take their rubbish home and recycle. Alternatively, rubbish bins are located in all barbecue areas and adjacent to food outlets within the busy, tourism precincts.

Group bookings are required to contact the Bookings Officer and conditions apply.

Bookings are essential for groups of 25 people or more in Kings Park. Bookings are also essential, regardless of the size of the gathering, for all events that require a venue, have professional catering and/or need access to electricity. All weddings, corporate or community group functions, memorial services, fitness training and sporting events require a booking. Special consideration and planning is required for all bookings over 250 people. Families or social groups under 50 people who do not wish to secure a venue or electricity and are self-catered must book, however no fees apply.

The 'Find your venue' search tool can help you choose the best venue for your function. All functions are required to acknowledge the park terms and conditions and booking fees apply. Conditions and fees apply to wedding and commercial film and photography.

With its views of the Swan River and Perth city, beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland lawns, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a favourite for weddings, family functions, community events, memorial services, corporate functions and sport and fitness activities. Booking details vary according to the type of function you are having.

The Kings Park and Botanic Garden venues are listed below, and can be sorted for your convenience by a tagging system. By selecting the links in the 'tags' field below each venue you will be shown a list of venues that match that type, e.g. 'Weddings', 'Power'. You may also wish to use, 'Find Your Venue', a search tool designed to help you choose the perfect venue for your function or event.

Further details, including photographs, a location map and an indication of availability are available for each venue. Please contact the Bookings Officer if you require more information.


Naturescape logo

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is a place for children to connect with nature and learn to appreciate the unique Western Australian environment. It is a place to explore, climb rocks and ropes, wade through creeks, build cubbies and get dirty.

Stage 2 is coming during 2016 / 2017. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest information.

We highly recommend you plan your visit carefully before arrival. Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed on days when a very high fire danger rating or above is forecast. Please regularly visit our Notices section for current information that may impact your visit.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden enjoys the devotion of hundreds of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Together they make Kings Park and Botanic Garden the iconic and inspiring place it is to Western Australians and visitors alike.

If you have a passion for native plants, conservation, local heritage, learning or meeting people, becoming a volunteer offers great satisfaction and rewards.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further information.