Australian Traveller reader Rebecca Crawford from Perth drew our attention to this jewel in Australia’s crown: Kings Park.
At 4.06kms2 in size, the world’s largest inner-city park not only boasts fantastic views over the Swan and Canning Rivers, you can also take in Perth’s skyline and, on a clear day, see all the way to the ocean. (Central Park in the US, with its meagre 3.41kms2, doesn’t even come close, by the way.)
The flora and fauna surrounding you is equally spectacular. The Botanical Gardens display a whopping 2000 of WA’s local plant species, including wildflowers found nowhere else on Earth. But there’s more: Aboriginal art throughout the park and sold in the gallery; a war memorial and Kokoda Track walk; and an educational parkland for the kids. Another hidden gem is Central Lake, where you’ll find an island ringed with replicas of some of the world’s first trees, the Lycopods.
The park’s really got something for everyone. Pack your picnic basket and enjoy a day out, or book tickets for some of the concerts, movies or plays in the park right under the stars. This is inner-city living at its best.
Where // Kings Park borders West Perth, Subiaco and Shenton Park. The Swan River-hugging Mounts Bay Rd runs along its southern edge. (08) 9480 3600, www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
Did you know? // Kings Park was originally called Perth Park and was renamed in 1901 in honour of King Edward VII of England, after a visit to Perth by his son, the Duke of York.
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