The 2017-18 annual report has landed on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority bookshelf, recording another outstanding year and an estimated 5.7 million visitors enjoying the expansive parklands, natural bushland and WA Botanic Garden in Kings Park and Bold Park.
We are thrilled to report visitors to Kings Park and Bold Park reported a 99 per cent satisfaction rating for the year.
Kings Park remains Western Australia's number one tourist destination, welcoming 5.4 million visitors. It has also been a year of significant projects, with the reopening of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park after a $3 million Stage 2 upgrade in December a highlight. More than 90,000 people have visited Naturescape in the six months between 14 December 2017 and 30 June 2018, which is more than double the usual visitation for this time period.
Achievements at a glance
Kings Park hosted 10 concerts, 103 movie nights and 10 children's theatre performances, attracting an impressive 90,000 people between November and April.
Major events drew the following visitors to Kings Park in the 2017-18:
- An estimated 500,000 visitors came to the 2017 Kings Park Festival.
- Almost 46,000 visitors attended booked social functions such as weddings – a 54% increase on the previous year.
- About 35,000 visitors attended the 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
- More than 90,000 visitors attended a concert, theatre or cinema event during the summer events season.
- About 7,000 people participated in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ.
- Nearly 8,000 visitors went on a guided walk with a Kings Park Volunteer Guide.
Kings Park Festival
The 2017 Kings Park Festival was a great success with 500,000 people visiting the park across September to enjoy thousands of WA wildflowers in bloom and festival events and exhibitions.
Kings Park Science
Kings Park Science continues to undertake scientific research covering a number of topics including fire research, restoration ecology, orchid conservation and seed science. This research encourages conservation, restoration and promotion of Western Australian flora.
Aspects of Kings Park
2017-18 was a successful year for Aspects of Kings Park, with sales contributing 13% of BGPA's total gross revenue. Visits to the Aspects' online shop doubled in the last financial year, with online sales increasing by 23%.
Kings Park Education
Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park’s stage two development successfully launched in December 2017. Over the year, Kings Park Education welcomed almost 25,000 school students who participated in a formal education program, with improvements to teaching facilities in Naturescape receiving positive feedback from teachers and students. The launch of Zippy's Kings Park Adventures for 3 - 5 year olds was also a highlight for Kings Park Education.
Our passionate and dedicated volunteer groups contributed more than 40,000 hours of service in Kings Park and Bold Park. The Kings Park Volunteer Guides led nearly 8,000 visitors on a daily guided walk into the heart of the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Major achievements throughout the year included a $100,000 grant for the Friends of Kings Park from Lotterywest for the 2018 Kings Park Festival.
Discover more details of our busy year in the latest Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority annual report 2017-18, now available online. In this report, you will gain insights into our major projects, activities, outcomes, performance measures for the 2017-18 reporting year.