Due to very high fire danger conditions today, Naturescape is closed and Kings Park afternoon guided walks may be cancelled.

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Kings Park and Botanic Garden’s plant breeding team are putting their talents to good use, partnering with ManukaLife to establish a plant breeding program to produce medicinal grade Manuka honey in Western Australia.

Leptospermum scoparium (red variety)Known for its therapeutic qualities, Manuka honey is produced from a Tea Tree – Leptospermum scoparium, which is endemic to temperate coastal areas of Australia and New Zealand. This program will see the Kings Park team breed the traditional Leptospermum scoparium with Western Australian tea tree species to develop a range of hybrids.

It is anticipated that by breeding with Western Australian Tea Tree varieties, the hybrids can be grown in both hot and cold temperatures, widening the climate range in which this species will flourish. The new hybrids will also increase the traditional flowering period from six weeks to six months, thereby increasing annual honey production and assisting to address the growing global demand for Manuka honey.

The three year program will use the valuable experience gained from a number of other successful Kings Park breeding programs undertaken in recent years, including the RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea and Scaevola ‘Blueprint’.

Law Walk closure

Kings Park visitors are advised that Law Walk will be closed from Tuesday 15 January to Wednesday 23 January 2019, due to essential maintenance.

Australia Day 2019

Road closures and service interruptions will occur in Kings Park and Bold Park from Saturday 26 January to Sunday 27 January, 2019.

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Family-friendly fun in 2019

Zippy's Kings Park Adventures is now open for 2019 bookings, so don’t miss this popular new program for little nature lovers aged three to five years!

Aboriginal tourism plans

Expressions of interest for local businesses to run new Aboriginal tourism and cultural experiences in Kings Park have now closed.

Become a Friend

Plant sales, movie nights, discounts and more – now is a great time to join the Friends of Kings Park and make a difference to the WA environment and our most beautiful park.

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