Shooting skywards, the branches of mottlecah (Eucalyptus macrocarpa) clad in hard silver leaves are your dramatic introduction to Roe Gardens. Other limbs range across the ground at strange angles with strong visual energy. The blossoms - red starbursts exploding from turban-shaped buds - are the biggest of any eucalypt.

Eucalyptus pyriformisReaching up to five metres in height, mottlecah is actually one of the very few tall plants on the northern sandplains whose diverse flora is represented by selected samples in the 2,210 square metres of the Roe Gardens.

Extending from Gingin to north of Shark Bay and east to Dalwallinu, the region is typically covered in low shrubby heath known as kwongan, which has no canopy - and is blessed by spectacular floral shows in late spring and early summer.

Roe Gardens' peak season drawcards include copper-cups (Pileanthus peduncularis), Verticordia cooloomia, red morrison (V. etheliana var. formosa), sand bottlebrush (Beaufortia squarrosa), smokebush (Conospermum spp.), yellow kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos pulcherrimus) and black kangaroo paw (Macropidia fuliginosa).

Being the end point of the Botanic Garden, Roe Gardens is a hidden treasure of which many are unaware.

Central to Roe Gardens is a monolith dedicated to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have died serving with the Australian armed forces in every war since the Boer War. It is embraced by a granite sitting wall under an arbour roof which is elegantly tapered and curved like a gum leaf.

The Gardens' name celebrates Western Australia's first surveyor-general, John Septimus Roe, whose memorial bears a bronze plate depicting one of his earliest maps of Perth - showing very few streets, and many more lakes than what exists today.

It is an ideal location to see sand plain species, to explore the Grevillea and Hakea Garden and marvel at north-western flora.

After a rest on Drummond's Seat - a huge, semi-circular granite bench named after James Drummond, Western Australia's first Government Botanist - you can return to the carpark via the Place of Reflection, a tranquil location for quiet contemplation among plantings of eastern Australian species.

Given the elevation, Roe Gardens' other magnet is the view, which you can enjoy while lounging on the gently sloping lawns. With the Narrows Bridge as its focus, it's a river and city panorama to absorb at leisure - and at night the lights are magical.

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You can use WA Botanic Garden map to help you navigate to Roe Gardens.

Anzac Day access

Access to Kings Park will be significantly restricted due to Anzac Day services on Sunday 25 April, 2021.

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.

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Controlled fire planned for Kings Park

As part of a long-term research project, a controlled fire is planned to take place in Kings Park on one day between late April and mid May 2021.

Students celebrate Noongar culture

Four hundred students and teachers flocked to Kings Park and Botanic Garden last week for the first Noongar Boodja Six Seasons mini festival for 2021.

Mindfulness in Kings Park

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is pleased to welcome a new experience provider to Kings Park, Mindful in Nature.

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