A truly beautiful place, the Western Australian Botanic Garden is located high on the Mt Eliza scarp with sweeping river and city views. As well as providing the world's most representative display of south-west WA's flora, it encompasses a rich cultural heritage through public art, memorials, trails and signage.

Art and nature make graceful partners in this green and tranquil spot. Artworks created by Western Australian artists complement a landscape that portrays a Darling Range waterway.

Botanic Garden entry scultpure. Photo: D. Blumer.Botanic Garden entry sculpture

In 2016, artists Paul Johnson and Gail Mason were commissioned to create a stunning new entry sculpture for the Western Australian Botanic Garden. Stretching eight metres high with arching aluminium panels and featuring copper and dichroic glass highlights, the sculpture is beautifully offset by mature plantings of the weeping Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia). The design was inspired by the relationships between plants and insects - the large aluminium panels may be interpreted as leaf blades, or alternatively as insect wings.

In early 2017, the Western Australian Botanic Garden was prominently designated with its name in 600 mm high, brushed aluminium letters mounted on a low granite plinth, completing the final element of a grand entry.

Red and Green or Mangles Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) mosaicKangaroo Paw Mosaic

The Red and Green or Mangles Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) is Western Australia’s Floral Emblem. Designed and constructed by Jacqui Pinnock and Rudolph Verscher in 2002, the Italian marble mosaic marks the entry to the Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Couple on Lotterywest Federation WalkwayAspects of Kings Park

Owned and operated by Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Aspects of Kings Park is an inspirational gallery and gift shop offering the highest quality contemporary Australian and Western Australian designed and crafted art. In-store you will discover the talents of Western Australian artists and be inspired by their works that reflect Western Australia’s natural environment and flora biodiversity.

Look for the gum leaf art forms by Artist Malcolm McGregor on the outside, west-facing wall of Aspects of Kings Park. Nearby, enjoy the brass artworks by Western Australian Mark Datodi, on the outer walls of the Acacia Toilets, including the brass gates which depict four local Western Australian species of Wattle (Acacia).

The Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion opened to the public 4 October 2015. Photo: D. Blumer.Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion

The Botanic Terraces officially opened to the public on Sunday 4 October 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Western Australian Botanic Garden in 1965. This contemporary feature complements the existing park landscape and views of the river, incorporating artwork inspired by the exploration of WA flora. Endemic plants, Aboriginal designs and whimsical words lead you on this journey down the Terraces.

Follow the inspiring words as you descend the Botanic Terraces, admire the indigenous artwork by Nyoongar artist Richard Walley, perch on the 'stone' artworks by Anne Neil and enjoy the spectacular view from the Terraces and the Pavilion.

Banksia Seat and mosaicBanksia Seats and Mosaics

At the northern end of the Banksia Garden you will find the first of the banksia seats and a mosaic featuring six prostrate banksias. Recycled banksia wood provided the timber for the seats, while the steel back uprights depict the leaf shape of a Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis). Follow the path through the Banksia Garden and you will find a second banksia seat and mosaic platform overlooking the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Fountain. This mosaic illustrates the five banksias found naturally in the Kings Park bushland and their pollinators. These custom made seats and Italian marble banksia mosaics are the work of artist Phillipa O’Brien created in 1996.

Lotterywest Federation Walkway tuart leaf mosaicLotterywest Federation Walkway Tuart Leaf Mosaic

The Lotterywest Federation Walkway was created to celebrate the Centenary of Federation in 2001. The mosaics marking the start of the Walkway features two adjacent juvenile Tuart eucalyptus leaves embedded with emu footprints moving in opposite directions. The Tuart leaf represents the importance of biodiversity, with their juvenility symbolising the promise and aspirations of a young nation at federation. It reflects the aspirations of reconciliation for a shared future of mutual respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The emu footprints represent Kings Park’s role as a central meeting place from which many journeys unfold. This logo for the Walkway was designed by Ray Leeves and the mosaic created by Jacqui Pinnock and Rudolph Verscher in 2003.

Lotterywest Federation Walkway Elevated Walkway and Glass BridgeLotterywest Federation Walkway Elevated Walkway and Glass Bridge

The richly rusted surface of the elevated Core 10 steel Walkway and the stunning glass bridge are a fusion of sculpture, architecture and engineering that complement the rich texture of natural vegetation. The Walkway was designed by architects Donaldson and Warn in collaboration with engineers Capital House and artist David Jones. The Walkway displays examples of contemporary Nyoongar artworks designed by Richard Walley and Shane Pickett in collaboration with members of the Nyoongar community. A series of engraved and welded botanical images on the supporting steel pylons were designed by sculptor Kevin Draper.

Beedawong meeting placeBeedawong Meeting Place

Beedawong (meaning Celebration) marks the end of the journey along the Walkway. It is a meeting place where the community can engage in many cultural activities, including the traditional art forms of Indigenous dance and storytelling. Six large granite stones signify the six Nyoongar seasons, with the central stone representing the fire around which a traditional corroboree would take place. The soft river stone base is used as a drawing medium to enhance storytelling, developed by Indigenous statesman Richard Walley.

Flowing creek in the Water GardenThe Water Garden

The Water Garden was officially opened in 1968 and refurbished in 1999 to celebrate the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Western Australia. The design of the flowing creek replicates a creek in the Darling Range, with granite boulders and bronze rock dragon lizards on the artificial rock island. The strong theme celebrating women runs through the Water Garden. Note the 53 bronze plaques celebrating the significant women’s groups that have contributed to the state of Western Australia from 1899 -1999.

The Bookleaf Memorial and Water Garden PavilionThe Bookleaf Memorial & Water Garden Pavilion

The beautifully crafted bronze Bookleaf Memorial symbolises the petition issued to the Government that won women the right to vote in 1899. The art piece symbolises the gradual progression from the book, to the leaves of a book, to all the different leaf shapes of the Tuart tree. This Bookleaf Memorial was commissioned by the Feilam Foundation as part of the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in 1999. It was fabricated by students from the Western Australian School of Art and Design under the direction of artist and lecturer Tony Jones.

The Water Garden Pavilion was designed by David Smith from Plan E Landscape Architects and constructed by students from West Coast College of TAFE. The roof of this attractive pavilion is designed on a natural shell shape and tiled with zinc shingles.

Copper plated Life Sculptures in the water gardenLife Sculptures – celebrating women

Artists Coral Lowry and Holly Story provide beautiful artwork to explore as you follow the quiet paths around the Water Garden. Using various stages of the plant development cycle, the copper plated Life Sculptures reflect the significant role women uphold in the community. The works signify life, strength of heart, renewal and leadership.
Life: the seed supported by two hands giving nurture and protection.
Growth: the seedling with a network of roots into water which sustains life and growth and represents women’s way of working in the community.
Strength of heart: the strong fern shoot that pushes through obstacles and is connected to the beginning of life.
Renewal: the tree that changes air and water into living material as women develop cultural wealth and branch out into all walks of life.
Leadership: the Spirit of Suffrage, Leschenaultia commemorates women working together for change.
Works created as part of the Water Garden upgrade in 1999.

The Doily Bridge in the Water GardenDoily Bridge

The Doily Bridge extends over the creek in the Water Garden and is in-laid with Esperance green granite tiles. The tiles feature sand-blasted images of wildflowers that are framed by lace or doily-like edging, exemplifying this style of women’s folk art that is reminiscent of the 1890s. The Doily Bridge was built in 1999 by artists Coral Lowry and Holly Storey.

Bronze frog sculptureThe Frog Pond (stepping stones)

A number of bronze sculptures in this pond tell the story of the life cycle of the Motorbike Frog (Litoria moorei) from egg to tadpole to mature frog. The species is named after its distinctive croak that sounds like a motorbike changing gears. Sculptures created by Coral Lowry and Holly Storey in 1999.

The Acacia StepsAcacia Steps

The Acacia Steps, created by artist Stuart Green in 1998 are in the shape of an arid region watercourse. The granite steps feature mosaics of six acacia or wattle species detailed on interpretive signage. The steps show the evolutionary development of the genus, from a primitive acacia species at the lowest step to a highly evolved species at the top. The mosaics of marble and Pilbara tiger-eye stone on the steps depict the flowers, change in leaves and development of phyllodes, together with carved seed pods. At each level, the wattle growing in the adjacent garden bed is represented in the mosaic.

Bronze sculpture of a woman and child at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial FountainPioneer Women’s Memorial Fountain

Commissioned in 1965 by the Country Women’s Association, the Pioneer Women's Memorial was developed to honour the pioneer women of Western Australia. The bronze sculpture of a woman and child was created by acclaimed local sculptor Margaret Priest and was funded by the request for a shilling to be donated by every woman in the State. The fountain sequence tells the story of a pioneer woman who arrives at the coast of a new land and starts her journey into the unknown. Her journey begins in the bush (low bubbler fountains) and progresses into denser and taller bushland (jet fountains become higher) until the woman stops at a clearing and pauses (the tall jet streaks upwards) in triumph as she realises she has reached her goal; a place where she can make a home for her family. You may notice that the woman does not directly face the entrance point of the area – this was to symbolise a mark of modesty.

Representation of an Aboriginal mia mia made from steelMia Mia – Bushland Nature Trail

The entrance to the Bushland Nature Trail features a representation of an Aboriginal mia mia made from Core 10 steel. A mia mia was traditionally made from grasstree spikes and branches, shaped into a beehive form that provided people with shelter from storms whilst travelling between hunting grounds. The canopy details some of the plants, birds and lizards found around the Bushland Nature Trail, with the mosaic paving depicting the Menzies Banksia, Banksia menziesii. The mia mia was designed in 1994 by landscape architect David Smith with the laser cut detail by artist Coral Lowry and marble inlay by Jacqui Pinnock and Rudolph Verscher.

Yorkas Nyinning art installationYorkas Nyinning

As a part of the 150 year celebration of the founding of Western Australia in 1979, the Yorkas Nyinning art installation was designed and built by sculptor Athanasios Kalamaras. It was seen as a tribute to the role women played in the growth and development of the State and was aptly named after the Nyoongar Aboriginal translation for 'place where the Spirits of Women Rest'. The sculptured, curved limestone wall depicts females from childhood to maturity, and frames an open-air stage.

Marlee PavilionMarlee Pavilion / Place of Reflection

The Place of Reflection is a creative and tranquil place for people to sit and contemplate. The Swan River provides the perfect back drop for the Marlee Pavilion which is adorned with creative metal work. Designed by David Smith at Plan E.

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.

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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Congratulations to the Friends

Kings Park and Botanic Garden extends a big congratulations to the Friends of Kings Park who were today presented with a $100,000 grant from Lotterywest for the 2019 Kings Park Festival.

Wildflower photography competition

The Kings Park Festival 'Flowers in Focus' photography competition is now open to amateur photographers in Western Australia.

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