Places to Explore
There is so much to do and see at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. Discover the many different zones of this great space, by exploring the winding paths, boardwalks and bridges. Each zone offers a unique experience, designed to appeal to children of different ages, personalities and abilities.
The distinctive entry precinct provides an exciting arrival for visitors, who enter through a large sculpture by Western Australian artist John Tarry. The artwork is inspired by a chrysalis: the pupa state of some insects after they have emerged from a cocoon.
Visitors enter along a single winding path, passing Welcome Sign which includes our important conditions of entry. Please take care in this very special place.
This is the arrival point for visitors and the ‘heart’ of the site. It is a place where families and groups can gather at seating pods and the Illyarrie Shelter. Its key feature is Paperbark Creek, a running creek for children to explore. Lotterywest Bushbase provides a base for visitors to discover the rest of the site.
Large granite rocks have been honed with ‘mixing bowls’ to spark imaginative play here. It is home to a five metre tall tree-hide (one of three) which offers a bird’s eye view of the bush.
Illyarrie Shelter provides a covered stage and seating area. It can be used by groups or by the general public. Look up to see the amazing artwork inspired by solar energy in the roof.
A supply of branches and other natural materials are found here to build cubbies.
The secluded Prickly Thicket is found at the end of a boardwalk. Steel ‘nests’ are hidden amongst a thicket of parrot bush and are stocked with natural treasures like seed pods, plant materials and feathers. Be careful here - this high conservation area is home to native orchids.
Boomerang Bridge and the Billabong
Boomerang Bridge spans The Billabong in another high conservation zone of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. Enjoy the view from the bridge and search for dragonflies and tadpoles.
Water Corporation Wetland
See and explore a wetland habitat. Think about importance of our wetlands to healthy biodiversity. School groups can use the jetty for pond dipping through Kings Park Education. A 7 m high tree-hide towers over the wetland, while a smaller tree hide provides a less challenging climb for young visitors.
Kulunga Gully zig-zags below ground level to provide another perspective of the bush. This walled gully is accessible by wheelchair.
The Tangle is a secluded and spooky zone of ‘upside-down trees’ which are connected by a web of climbing ropes. The ropes enable children to manoeuvre from tree to tree and can be adjusted to vary the level of challenge.
Kings Park Education Zone
This large area is dedicated to Kings Park Education programs. Outdoor classrooms are scattered through this area, using mature tree logs as seating under shady trees. Kings Park Education programs focus on conservation, science, environment and indigenous culture education for school groups.
Kings Park Education Centre
Built to the highest environmental standards, this building is the new home of Kings Park Education. It is powered by solar energy.
- Last Updated: 24 February 2015