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The fascinating history of Kings Park

Discover the history and cultural significance of Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) in this interactive walk through the WA Botanic Garden.

Learn how the Wadjuk Nyoongar people were guided by the six seasons and used plants and animals for food, shelter, tools and medicine. Through role-play, discuss the first European explorers to the Swan River Colony and consider changes that have taken place in Perth from early settlement to today.

'A great learning journey. The children were fascinated!' - Year 5 Teacher

Outcomes

By the end of this program students will:

  • Discover the history of Kings Park
  • Understand the importance of Kings Park to Nyoongar people
  • Discover how Nyoongars used plants and animals for food, medicine and shelter
  • Learn the story of the first Europeans to reach this land through dramatisation
  • Create a journey stick to record their personal journey through Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

You may also be interested in a Nyoongar glossary for local Aboriginal words that are used within this website.

Location: Pioneer Women's Memorial Area

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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.

Flower thefts

We’re calling for help from the people of Perth to catch thieves stealing large quantities of flowers and foliage from Kings Park.

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A feast for the senses

The 2019 Kings Park Festival is here with 30,000 of Western Australia’s famous wildflowers in full bloom across the park and a month-long program of over 100 events and activities.

New volunteer HQ opens

Rain and wind did not dampen the spirits of guests celebrating the opening of Kings Park’s first purpose-built volunteer facility in Kings Park on Friday 30 August.

100 years of honour

Saturday, 3 August 2019, marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the State’s first Honour Avenue on May Drive on 3 August 1919.

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