In October 2015 the WA Botanic Garden celebrated its golden anniversary with a new attraction to fall in love with: the Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion.

The Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion opened to the public 4 October 2015. Photo: D. Blumer.

A beautiful 50th Anniversary

The Botanic Terraces officially opened to the public on Sunday 4 October 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Western Australian Botanic Garden in 1965. This project was an initiative of the Friends of Kings Park with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, generously supported by Lotterywest.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, with magnificent living collections for all to admire. Situated near the entry to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, the Botanic Terraces cascade down the scarp to the impressively designed split-level Botanic Pavilion at the base.

This contemporary feature complements the existing park landscape and views of the river, incorporating artwork inspired by the exploration of WA flora. Endemic plants, Aboriginal designs and whimsical words lead you on this journey down the Terraces.

As you make your way down, notice the surrounding garden beds that are home to the flora of the Mallee, Mulga and Desert regions of Western Australia. The signature species are the showy eucalypts of these rugged regions, including Large-fruited Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana), Kingsmill’s Mallee (Eucalyptus kingsmillii) and Coolibah (Eucalyptus victrix).

Alternative universal access is available via a pathway from the Giant Boab, Gija Jumulu, near Forrest Carpark, that leads to the Botanic Pavilion.

Things to do and find

  • Follow the inspiring words as you descend the Botanic Terraces.
  • Admire the indigenous artwork by Nyoongar artist Richard Walley.
  • Perch on the 'stone' artworks by Anne Neil.
  • Take in the design of the Botanic Pavilion, inspired by windswept trees.
  • Enjoy the spectacular view from the Terraces and the Pavilion.

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