Kings Park and Botanic Garden remains an important ceremonial and cultural place for the Indigenous people of Western Australia. There are many visitor services offered within the park to celebrate its Indigenous connection.
Beedawong (meaning 'celebration' or 'meeting place') is a stone amphitheatre located in a natural setting within the heart of Western Australian Botanic Garden, among the flora of the Darling Range. It lies to the west of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway and near to the Roe Gardens and Place of Reflection.
A tiered performance area, Beedawong was designed by Nyoongar artist Richard Walley and landscape architect David Smith from Plan E. Six large, pinnacle type rocks surround this area. Each rock symbolises one of the six seasons of the Nyoongar calendar: Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba, Kambarang and Birok.
Beedawong is used as a venue for ongoing Nyoongar cultural activities including story telling, dance performances and quiet reflection. It is also a popular location for Kings Park Festival activities in September and for Kings Park Education school programs.
From Beedawong, you can take a walk through the treetops over the Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth City. Artworks within the walkway include designs by the local Indigenous people. Further information on Indigenous artworks in Kings Park and Botanic Garden can be found in the Botanic Garden Art Trail brochure.
- Last Updated: 26 November 2013