COVID-19 Update: The DNA Tower is open subject to social distancing rules. Please leave three steps between you and the person in front and follow the signage to guide you up and down the tower.


The DNA Tower derives its name from the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-helix molecule, which is found in all cells and control the development of life.

DNA TowerIt is the highest viewing point in Kings Park with spectacular views throughout the climb. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Indian Ocean.

Dr John Beard (Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden 1961-1970) commissioned the construction in 1966 by D&H Fraser Consulting Engineers. The 15m high staircase has 101 steps and was inspired by the famous double staircase in a Chateau in Blois, France.

The paving and wall surrounding the DNA Tower was constructed using stones from 11 towns and 80 shires within Western Australia. The original design included a shallow reflecting pond at the base of the tower. It was replaced with Karratha stone paving in 2001 to enhance visitor safety.

The DNA Tower is located at the Forrest Drive end of the Broadwalk Vista. It is an easy 1.5 km walk from May Drive Parkland and the Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Kings Park access disruption

Sections of the Western Australian Botanic Garden near Lovekin Drive and Forrest Drive will be closed from Monday 2 November to Friday 13 November 2020 due to essential tree works.

COVID-19

The wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority during the current COVID-19 situation. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice and putting extra measures in place to protect our staff, volunteers and visitors.

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Summer science scholarships

Attention science students! Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Kings Park summer science scholarships for tertiary students.

BGPA 2019-20 annual report

Connecting community, conserving flora and conserving identity is the theme of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority’s 2019-20 annual report which is now available online.

Invitation to comment

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is seeking community feedback on the Draft Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2025 that will guide park management over the next five years.

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