From creeks to forts and perfect picnic spots, there is more than enough to fill a whole day of exploring in Kings Park these April school holidays. It's all fun and all free!
Kings Park is full of parkland and play areas to suit all ages, abilities and moods of our visiting families.
Here's our suggestion for a perfect day in Kings Park.
Start your adventure with a visit to the recently upgraded Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park – unlike any other nature play space for kids in Perth. Kids can paddle in the creek, build a cubby or sail a leaf boat. Climb high on The Python, mix a muddy potion and get back to nature.
Then head down to Variety Place on Saw Avenue to explore this playground filled with carved timber critters, a fort, tunnels and more. Uniquely designed picnic tables and free electric barbecues make for a comfortable rest stop. This area is specially designed to be universally accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities and special needs, thanks to the support of Variety WA – the children's charity.
For our smallest visitors, the Ivey Watson Playground is heaven for under-fives and their families. Make believe is all the go here, with a pirate ship, a castle, a plane, fire engine and much more to spark imaginative play. Parents can grab a coffee from Stickybeaks Cafe to help keep up with the kids. Just outside Ivey Watson Playground is Hale Oval, which boasts a learn-to-ride track, tonnes of wide-open space and a huge climbing net for older children.
If you feel like a family-friendly walk, visit Gija Jumulu, Kings Park's 750 years old boab tree and then stroll over the glass bridge in the Botanic Garden for the best views in Perth, or take a bushwalk without leaving the city on the one km Nature Trail loop. Plenty of longer trails through the Kings Park bushland are just waiting to be explored by more adventurous families.
Finish your visit with a trip to May Drive Parkland, where you can make the most of huge lawns, the island fort and great play equipment. Say hello to the macrofauna sculptures, spread out a picnic under the shady trees or grab a hard-earned icecream from Zamia Cafe.
For a special experience, consider bringing your family into Kings Park for the Anzac Day Dawn Service. This is a meaningful rite of passage for many Western Australians and the largest dawn service in the country.
What a perfect way to spend a day these holidays!