Visitor terms and conditions
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is an A-Class Reserve managed under the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) Act and Regulations. Kings Park is Western Australia’s most visited destination and can be exceptionally busy. Following these Terms and Conditions ensures that all visitors, whether holding an event or not, can enjoy their visit to the park.
- All visitors must abide by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 (the Act), Botanic Gardens and Parks Regulations 1999 (the Regulations) and obey any other signage or direction by BGPA.
- Event / function organisers are required to ensure that attendees and contractors abide by these Terms and Conditions.
- Any breach of the Regulations and/or these Terms and Conditions may result in infringements issued to individuals, contractors and/or the event / function organiser.
- Organisers will be required to pay for any damages arising from an event / function.
- BGPA is to be indemnified against any claim or action arising from an event / function.
- BGPA reserves the right to cancel a booking at any time; in this case, any venue hire fees will be refunded in full.
Visiting Kings Park
The following terms and conditions apply to all visitors in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Vehicles, Parking and Access
- All vehicles must observe the 40/20 km/h speed limits that apply throughout Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
- Learner drivers are not permitted in the park; this is noted on the Learner’s Permit.
- Parking in Kings Park and Botanic Garden is free, providing visitors remain in the park at all times.
- BGPA is unable to reserve any parking bays.
- Vehicles are not permitted to drive or park on paths, over curbs, on lawn or in bushland.
- Vehicles must not stop / park in No Parking or No Stopping zones. This includes wedding cars and catering vans.
- Vehicles must be correctly parked before any equipment can be unloaded.
- The removal of barriers, bollards or fences and ground marking is prohibited at all times.
- Venue access by large vehicles such as catering vehicles requires approval by BGPA to enter certain areas. A Park Management Officer (PMO) will then specify which areas may be used and provide a suitable access route. At the initial entry to the site, the PMO must be present. Information of the service vehicle’s size, weight and the number of vehicles attending is required at the site meeting.
- Any access routes are for ‘drop off’ only and at no time are vehicles to be parked on the access route.
- Refer to Transport options for further information on terms and conditions relating to specific types of vehicles and parking.
- Cycling is permitted on all main roads (40 km/h speed limit or other speed limit as signed) and along designated shared use pedestrian / cycle paths (10 km/h speed limit) in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
- Bike racks are located in multiple locations around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
- Cycling is not permitted on pedestrian only paths, in the Fraser Avenue precinct or in the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
- Cycling is not permitted on lawns, garden beds or in bushland.
- Refer to Transport options for further information on terms and conditions relating to cycling.
Music, Games and Activities
- Please respect others’ quiet enjoyment of the park. Loud noise, including whistles, drums or bagpipes is strictly prohibited. Live music will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Non-powered musical instruments, portable speakers, battery powered amplifiers and Personal Address (PA) systems may be operated quietly with prior written approval from BGPA. A 30 minute time limit applies to PA or amplifier usage.
- Giant games, organised ball games, laser games and other sporting activities are restricted to designated areas and require prior approval.
- Bouncy castles, bucking bulls, animal farms, trackless trains and bubble machines are not permitted.
- Face-painting requires prior written approval; drop sheets must be used to protect the ground and any waste water containing paint must be disposed of at toilet blocks.
- Please contact the Bookings Officer for approval before booking any activity or supplier for your event.
Funerals and Ashes
- It is not permitted to hold a funeral or bring a hearse into Kings Park. Memorial services are permitted, provided they are booked through the Bookings Officer. Refer to venue hire and booking information above.
- The scattering or burial of ashes is not permitted under any circumstances.
- A person must not, without permission, take still or motion pictures by photographic or electronic means for the purpose of public display, broadcast or transmission; or use in the promotion or sale of goods or services.
- Filming or photography in the State War Memorial precinct also requires written permission from the Returned and Services League of Western Australia (RSLWA).
- Wedding filming or photography is not permitted on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway at any time.
- Please refer to the Film and Photography section for permit application forms and further details.
- The ‘hobby’ use of drones or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) can be a nuisance and a safety risk to other visitors. As a result, recreational drone use is not supported in Kings Park or Bold Park.
- Certified commercial operators who wish to use drones must seek formal permission from BGPA through the Commercial Filming and Photography application form.
- General regulations for the recreational use of drones include that your drone must be within your line-of-sight at all times, remain at least 30 metres away from other people and not fly over anyone, respect personal privacy, not fly higher than 120 metres above the ground and not create any hazard to another aircraft, person or property. Further information is available on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) droneflyer website.
- No animals apart from dogs are permitted in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
- Dogs are permitted in certain areas of Kings Park provided they are on a leash no longer than two metres.
- Dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of any playground area, on the elevated section of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, inside Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, and at the Kings Park Festival, Australia Day, Anzac Day and summer events. Service dogs are excepted.
- Dog owners must clean up after their animal and have their own deposit bags as they are not provided in the park.
- Please do not feed the wildlife.
- Organisers of events / functions are required to ensure that attendees and contractors abide by these Terms and Conditions and any other signage or direction by BGPA staff.
- Children must be appropriately supervised at all times.
- Any children under 12 years of age taking part in an organised event within Kings Park, e.g. sporting events, are not permitted in Kings Park Bushland areas and require adult supervision in all other areas with an adult to child ratio of 1:4.
- Individuals 12 - 18 years involved in organised events in Kings Park require adult supervision with an adult to youth ratio of 1:10.
Kings Park Bushland
- For conservation reasons and due to the sensitive nature of bushland, visitors must remain on designated pathways at all times. Please do not bring into or remove from Kings Park any soil matter or flowers / plants.
- Tracks or pathways under restoration are strictly out of bounds – no barriers, bollards or fencing should be removed.
- Planned events on bushland tracks are limited to walking or running activities, with the route developed in conjunction with and approved by BGPA.
- Areas where work is in progress should be avoided and participants must keep to the approved route.
- The number of sporting events on bushland tracks is limited to ten per year.
- Events of greater than 100 people may require staggered starting times to prevent overcrowding on pathways and deterioration of surrounding vegetation. This may also require modification of the race start point and direction of flow to spread the field.
- A limit of 250 participants per event may be approved by the BGPA for events using tracks and paths in the bushland precinct.
- Prior to an event, organisers must conduct a briefing with participants to outline the conservation significance of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Please advise participants to keep to the middle of tracks and allow a maximum of two persons abreast for safety reasons and to avoid damage to gardens and bushland. Entry into the bushland (off tracks and paths) is not permitted.
- Organisers must ensure that all warning signs and instructions from BGPA are adhered to.
- All users of bushland tracks must be courteous to other park users, such as giving way to oncoming traffic.
- Route markers are to be self-supporting and removed at the end of the race. No markers are to be attached to plants, trees, signs or bollards. The use of flour, powders or dyes as markers are not permitted.
- The positioning of marshals may be required to prevent cutting of corners within the bushland. This requirement is to be determined in consultation with a BGPA representative in development of the route.
- All infrastructure, including drink stations, is to be approved by BGPA and located in designated parkland areas.
- Closure of the bushland occurs during days of Extreme or Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating, during declared Total Fire Ban or if there is an active bushfire in Kings Park. It is recommended that events are not conducted on days when severe weather warnings are active for the Perth area.
BGPA may issue infringements for any breaches of the Regulations and penalties will apply.
In the case of booked events / functions, the infringement will be issued to the event organiser. If you have received an infringement from BGPA, please refer to the Infringements page for more information.