Beginning not far from the Botanic Garden Entry, you can take a walk in the treetops on the innovative Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth City.
Travel through the Treetops
An impressive feat of engineering and architecture, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway's strong sculptural quality nevertheless bonds with its landscape because the rusted steel and powerful forms of the colossal pylons have an affinity with the large tree trunks surrounding them.
As the land beneath the walkway starts to drop away into a valley and your journey leads you higher, you get a new perspective which enriches your appreciation of nature's beauty.
From a bird's eye view you find yourself marvelling anew at zamia cycads and balgas or grass trees, because suddenly you see the perfect pattern of their radial symmetry. Up in the forest canopy you are at one with the blossoms of marri, karri, tingle and jarrah, the intricate little cones of sheoak and dozens of native birds.
Just past the Two Rivers Lookout near the Fraser Avenue roundabout, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway begins at ground level but you are soon swept aloft as you approach the apex - a spectacular arched bridge with a maximum height of 16 metres and glass walls which allow uninterrupted views to the forest floor. At the highest point, do take a moment to absorb the panorama of the Swan and Canning Rivers.
The whole walkway is 620 metres long, with the aerial section being 222 metres including the 52 metre bridge. It is accessible by wheelchair, although people with manual mobility devices may need assistance on the arch.
Artworks within the walkway include designs by the Nyoongar, the local indigenous people. After spanning Mount Eliza Scarp the walkway descends to an amphitheatre where talks and demonstrations about Aboriginal culture are held. This performance area is named Beedawong - the Nyoongar word for a celebration or meeting place.
At the foot of the walkway you have the choice of turning left to continue through the Botanic Garden, or turning right to return to where you started, via the Water Garden and Banksia Garden.
Interpretive signage enhances your understanding of everything you see from the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Entry is free but a gold coin donation to the Friends of Kings Park is very much appreciated.