Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Kaarta Koomba) is pleased to mark National Reconciliation Week with the launch of two new Aboriginal cultural tour operators who have commenced activities in the park.

Learn about Kaarta Gar-up, the local Nyoongar term for the Mt Eliza escarpment in Kings Park. Photo: Go Cultural.

With a long Aboriginal history and deep spiritual connections for the Whadjuk Noongar people, Kaarta Koomba is an ideal location in which to immerse visitors in this ancient element of Western Australian culture.

With more visitors to Western Australia looking to immerse themselves in the world’s oldest living culture, we are excited to offer new tours and products and help grow local Aboriginal businesses. According to recent Tourism WA data, 78 per cent of visitors to Western Australia seek an Aboriginal cultural experince of some kind.

Tours by 'Nyungar Tours' and 'Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences', both owned and operated by local Aboriginal people, are already proving popular with locals and tourists from around the world.

This initiative is part of a broader plan by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to encourage authentic cultural experiences and collaborations with Aboriginal businesses in WA.

Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop is also set to begin stocking works by Aboriginal artists for the first time. This will include a transition of popular products from the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kings Park, which will close its doors after 23 years in June following the expiry of its lease and retirement of its proprietors.

Showcasing beautifully made art and handmade Aboriginal products in the high-profile Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop will also be a boost for local Aboriginal artists and businesses.

For more information and to book a tour visit our Aboriginal Cultural Experiences section.

Kings Park access disruption

Part of the Western Path between Monash Avenue and Aberdare Road will be closed from Monday, 8 February 2021 due to construction works on The Kids’ Bridge, pedestrian detours will be in place.

DNA Tower closure

The DNA Tower in Kings Park will be closed from Monday, 8 February 2021 until mid-April 2021 due to maintenance.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden in February-March 2021 due to concert events.

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Farewell and thank you Grady and Lesley

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) would like to extend a sincere thank you and farewell to two of our longest serving staff members, Lesley Hammersley and Grady Brand who will retire from the Authority in December 2020.

Noongar Boodja Six Seasons is back!

Kings Park Education is excited to open bookings for our 2021 program of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals, a celebration of Aboriginal culture, proudly presented by Fugro.

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