Approximately 5 weeks ago my friend Jean Baptiste and I set off from our hostel, towards the beautiful Kings Park, in Perth. With our cameras in hand and no real plan other than to explore the stunning scenery, we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours here. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city (partly because of it’s beauty and also for the fact that it is free), it isn’t hard to see why over 6 million people flock here every year.
The Park which is 4.06 sq. km (1,003 acres) offers stunning views of the city, the Swan River and has over 2000 species of WA flora on display in the Botanic Gardens for your viewing pleasure. Not only frequented by tourists, locals can also be found here picnicing, running, cycling or just enjoying some tranquility away from the buzz of the CBD.
For The Aboriginal people Kings Park is a sacred place. Their stories tell of a mythical serpent the Wagyl, who is said to have entered the ground near here and emerged at the foot of Mt. Eliza, to create the stunning Swan River. It is possible to explore the Nyoongar connections whilst in the park by going on an Indigenous heritage tour.
You can walk to Kings Park from the CBD, although be prepared to walk up the steep Mount St. The easier/lazier option is to jump on either the red or green CAT bus (the CATS are free-but beware, the green doesn’t run on weekends) which will take you to the outskirts of the park, or get the public 37 bus (39 on weekends) from St. Georges Terrace (S-stand) which will drop you at the visitors centre.
We got off of the Red CAT on Outram street and walked into the park via Kings Park Road. This is a slightly less well beaten track and it took us a while to get our bearings and make it into the centre of the park, however it was worth it as we saw some awesome scenery on the way.
One of the first spots that we came across was the Bali Memorial. This memorial is dedicated to the 16 Western Australian victims, the injured and those that helped the survivors of the terrorist bombings which took place on 12th October 2002 in Kuta, Bali (Indonesia).
After a reflective pause we wandered a little further along and were treated to some absolutely breathtaking views of The Swan River and the City of Perth…
Having spent some time drinking in the scenery and sunshine around us we decided to follow one of the trails down out of the park to head towards Jacob’s Ladder. We went down a great deal of very worn stone steps, revelling in the smell of pine and eucalyptus trees whilst carefully watching our footing.
The trail took us along Mounts Bay Road and seeing the sign below, we knew that we were headed in the right (and painful!) direction.
After a few minutes walking we reached the base of Jacobs Ladder. 242 steps were all that stood between us and reaching the end of Cliff Street and I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence after spotting the recommended “stretching station” at the base of the steps. There were the odd people like ourselves just climbing for touristy “fun” and then there were the other fruit loops who were actually running up and down! Having now climbed up (yes it hurts!) I can say that you would need to be extremely fit to run this, or that your fitness would increase significantly, in a short time period, from doing it. I do worry about their knee joints on all those concrete steps however!!
Jacob’s Ladder concluded our time at King’s Park. We only did a very small amount of what is on offer, as we only had 2 hours to play with. I do plan to go back before leaving Perth to look at/do some of the things we missed below, and also to witness a sunset and view of the city at night, which is reportedly breathtaking.
I fully recommend taking some time out during your stay in Perth to visit Kings Park. There is something for everyone and it is a full day out that won’t cost you a penny (depending on what you decide to do there). The Park offers the best views I have found of the city to date and gives you some much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Go and enjoy some time in nature!
I will definitely go back to walk the Lotterywest Federation Walkway if nothing else, and I will try my besets to do a blog update to let you know exactly what it was like!
Please feel free to share any memories of King’s Park below in the comments, or tell us about your favourite way to spend time in the park.
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