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.

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Monday, 1 February 2021 until Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden in February-March 2021 due to concert events.

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Farewell and thank you Grady and Lesley

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) would like to extend a sincere thank you and farewell to two of our longest serving staff members, Lesley Hammersley and Grady Brand who will retire from the Authority in December 2020.

Noongar Boodja Six Seasons is back!

Kings Park Education is excited to open bookings for our 2021 program of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals, a celebration of Aboriginal culture, proudly presented by Fugro.

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