Kings Park and Botanic Garden is home to a diverse range of flora and landscapes, all of which were understood and used for survival by the native Aboriginal people of the South-West, the Noongar people. The Boodja Gnarning Walk captures some of this knowledge and explores Noongar use of the land.

Indigenous toolsInterpretive signage panels provide information and artworks from the Noongar people for visitors to follow while experiencing other Kings Park attractions including the Gija Jumulu (Giant Boab tree), the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, the Beedawong Meeting Place, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial and the Pioneer Women's Memorial in the Water Garden.

The initial one kilometre walk breaks into two separate paths known as the Maarm (male) Track and the Yorga (female) Track; both are open for visitors of either gender.

The Maarm Track highlights the land and trees used by Noongar people for tools, shelter, hunting and spiritual purposes. It is 2.4 km long and takes approximately 90 minutes to walk. A medium incline and some soft ground makes this track less suited to people with limited mobility.

The Yorga Track highlights Noongar women’s traditional roles and responsibilities including the gathering of food, tool and shelter implements and medicines from the area now known as the Water Garden. It is 1.8 km long and takes approximately 50 minutes to walk. The low incline and hard pavement makes the track suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

The Boodja Gnarning Walk brochure can be downloaded from the brochures section on this website and is available from the Visitor Information Centre on Fraser Avenue. It includes a detailed map, snippets of Noongar language and additional information on the walk.

COVID-19

The Premier of Western Australia has announced that some transitional restrictions will apply until 12.01 am on Saturday 8 May 2021. As the situation evolves, the BGPA will continue to provide updates and make operational changes as needed.

Bold Park access disruption

A section of the Bridle Trail in Bold Park will be closed from the 12 May to 17 May 2021 due to maintenance works.

Lotterywest Family Area visitor disruption

Ivey Watson Playground will be closed from early June to late July 2021 to facilitate the Stickybeaks Cafe and Ivey Watson Playground upgrade works.

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Stickybeaks Cafe upgrade and Ivey Watson Playground refurbishment

Stickybeaks Cafe will soon feature a revamped exterior to offer Kings Park visitors an improved al fresco dining experience.

New pavilion for Kings Park

Construction of a new pavilion and small stage at Kings Park and Botanic Garden’s Exhibition Lawn will begin next month.

Controlled fire planned for Kings Park

As part of a long-term research project, a controlled fire is planned to take place in Kings Park on one day between late April and mid May 2021.

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