Throughout September, the Kings Park Festival presented amazing spring displays of wildflowers. Photo: J. Thomas.View Festival 2018 highlights slideshow

The Kings Park Festival presented 'The Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth' in September 2018. In its 55th year, the Festival celebrated the remarkable wildflowers, plant life and culture of Western Australia.

The Festival was proudly presented by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Friends of Kings Park, with the generous support of Lotterywest.

Throughout September, the Kings Park Festival presented amazing spring displays of wildflowers and many free events including outdoor exhibitions, guided walks and talks, photography displays, family activities and more. Around half a million people visited the 2018 Festival.

Festival highlights

  • The 'Greatest Show on Earth' outdoor exhibition featuring epic WA landscapes by renowned nature photographer David Bettini was a major hit.
  • New outdoor wellness activities - with meditation, tai chi, yoga and fitness classes attracted many participants.
  • Live acoustic musicians, lawn games and deck chairs at the Botanic Base chill-out zone were enjoyed by thousands of people each weekend.
  • Daily wildflower walks and other guided walks on a range of interesting topics from boab trees and birds, to art and history attracted a record number of bookings.
  • Events for native gardening enthusiasts including the famous Friends of Kings Park native plant sale and weekly 'Dig it with Coffee' native gardening advice sessions were extremely popular.
  • Working artists and creative displays in Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop were enjoyed by hundreds of shoppers across the month.
  • We received many inspiring images during our Flowers in Focus photography competition. You can view the final photographs in an outdoor exhibition in the WA Botanic Garden until the end of summer. 
  • Cool weather and rains until mid-September kept the wildflowers fresh and bright for longer than usual - the gardens still look amazing and there is still plenty to see during the rest of spring.
  • The Kings Park Festival has been held for 55 years, making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia.

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Around half a million people visited the Kings Park Festival in September 2018. Photo: BGPA. The 'Greatest Show on Earth' outdoor photo exhibition. Photo: . The 'Greatest Show on Earth' outdoor photo exhibition. Photo: . Cool weather and rains until mid-September kept the wildflowers fresh and bright for longer than usual. Photo: BGPA. Vistors were able to take a little piece of natural beauty home with native bouquets from our Festival Florist. Photo: BGPA. Live acoustic musicians, lawn games and deck chairs at the Botanic Base chill-out zone were enjoyed by thousands of people each weekend. Photo: BGPA. Aspects' window display wowed visitors again, bursting with the colours of vivid blue leschenaultia and pink everlastings. Photo: BGPA. The 'Greatest Show on Earth' outdoor photo exhibition. Photo: . Aspects was adorned with stunning floral dresses designed and made by Kings Park staff members. This 'Horte Coulture' dress was made by the horticultural team. Photo: BGPA.

Christmas and New Year services

Visitors are advised that a number of services within Kings Park and Botanic Garden will be unavailable over the Christmas and New Year period.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden from December 2018 until May 2019 due to concert events.

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Call for Aboriginal tourism operators

Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba, invites local businesses employing, owned or run by Aboriginal people to provide new tourism and cultural experiences for its visitors.

Snapshot of our busy year

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.

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