Welcome to Kings Park and Botanic Garden. During the 2015 National Reconciliation Week, we encourage park visitors to learn more about Nyoongar culture.

Today's Australians learning traditional Nyoongar ways.

The land we now know as Kings Park is known to Aboriginal Wadjuk people as Mooro Katta, Kaarta Koomba or Kaarta Garup.

Kings Park and Bold Park are both intricately linked to the Nyoongar people of Western Australia. These are important Dreamtime places for Aboriginal people significant places for ceremony and reflection for Nyoongar and non-Aboriginal people alike. From art and ceremony to science and horticulture, we respectfully acknowledge and strive to understand the Nyoongar knowledge and connection to these lands.

Walk

Take a self-guided walk on the Boodja Gnarning Trail in the WA Botanic Garden to be immersed in Nyoongar knowledge of the land and traditional uses of native plants. Explore the artworks by well known Nyoongar artist Richard Walley embedded along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Daily guided tours are also available with privately run Indigenous Heritage Tours in Kings Park.

Try the Bush to Beach trail, part of the Wadjuk Walk Trail network, through the beautiful sanctuary of Bold Park.

Explore

Visit some of the most significant places in Kings Park for Aboriginal people. Among the trees at the end of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, you will find Beedawong meeting place - a traditional place of ceremony and celebration.

You can also visit Western Australia's first war memorial dedicated to Indigenous Australians at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial which overlooks the river at Roe Gardens in Kings Park. Indigenous Australians have served in every Australian conflict since the Boer War.

Learn

Browse our glossary of Nyoongar words. From street names, to venues and special events, you will find Nyoongar words used to describe Kings Park and its features.

Aboriginal cultural and heritage programs are some of Kings Park Education's most popular for school students. Book your class in for 'Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot' to explore the story of a young Nyoongar boy and his journey to manhood, explore stories of the river and landscape in 'Derbal Yerrigan Yarning', take a journey through time with 'Firesticks to Fireworks' or try seasonal activities during our regular Nyoongar Boodja special events.

Collect

Visit the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kings Park to view the work of many of Australia's leading indigenous artists. Encouraging appreciation of Aboriginal culture, their contribution to Australian history, family kinship and respect for the land, the gallery gives visitors the opportunity to meet with and observe Aboriginal artists as they work. Buy a piece for your own collection.

Take home a copy of storybook 'Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot' for the children in your life from Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop.

Further information

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week via Reconciliation Australia’s website.

Read about the BGPA's Reconciliation Action Plan.