Kings Park and Botanic Garden blooms with colour during spring! Photo: A. Russell.The Kings Park Festival is delighted to present 'The Greatest Show on Earth' in September 2018. Now in its 55th year, the Festival celebrates the alluring wildflowers, plant life and unique culture of Western Australia.

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

From 1 – 30 September, the Kings Park Festival presents amazing spring displays of wildflowers and many free events including outdoor exhibitions, guided walks and talks, photography displays, family activities and more.

Festival facts

  • All wildflowers on display during the Festival are native to Western Australia.

  • Most Festival events and activities are free, from spectacular outdoor exhibitions, to guided walks and chill out zones.

  • Kings Park produces all its own seeds and plants for the native floral displays. The Kings Park Nursery has grown more than 25,000 plants for the 2018 Kings Park Festival.

  • Around half a million people are expected to visit the Kings Park Festival this September.

  • It's a year-round preparation for the Festival, with approximately 25 staff and 20 volunteers planting wildflowers for a three month period leading up to the Kings Park Festival.

News and media

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Festival background

The Kings Park Festival has been held for 55 years, making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia.

Most of the Festival events and activities take place in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, one of the most visited and unique Botanic Gardens in the world. Known for being 'ahead of its time' since it opened in 1965, the WA Botanic Garden is devoted entirely to native flora in recognition of Western Australia's diverse, unusual, fragile and uniquely beautiful plant life. The South West region is Australia’s only global biodiversity hotspot.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental conservation, horticulture and scientific research, which has made its plant collection one of the best in the world. Its displays can be thought of as a 'living museum' with painstakingly maintained living collections of plants.

The WA Botanic Garden also encompasses much of the State's cultural heritage – from ancient Nyoongar history to modern day – through public art, memorials, trails and garden displays. It is also the venue for many cultural events each year including concerts.

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Visitor reminder

Under BGPA Regulations, an infringement may be issued if the driver of a vehicle does not remain within Kings Park's boundaries.

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Traditional start for new project

A smoking ceremony, led by Nyoongar statesman Dr Richard Walley on 17 September 2018, has helped prepare for an important new project in Kings Park.

Flowers in Focus winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Flowers in Focus photography competition during the 2018 Kings Park Festival. The winners have been announced.

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