Kings Park and Botanic Garden is situated on Mount Eliza overlooking the
city of Perth and the Swan River. Known as the People's Park, the 4.06-square-kilometre (1,003-acre)
of open parkland, is home to the State War Memorial, over 300 native plant varieties and numerous species
In 1829, two years after the establishment of the Swan River Colony , most of the area now designated as Kings
Park and Botanic Garden was set aside for 'public purposes' by Lieutenant Governor James Stirling and Surveyor
General John Septimus Roe. In 1872, 175 ha of it was formally gazetted as a Public Park by Governor Frederick Weld
and Surveyor General Malcolm Fraser.
The Botanic Garden in the park was officially opened in 1965 and features mainly Western Australian flora. Due
to this, the gardens are quite a rarity, with an extraordinary diversity of local wildflowers found nowhere else in
the world. About 3,000 of WA's 12,000 species of plants are displayed in this garden.
Kings Park and the Botanic Garden have more memorials, statues and honour avenues than any other park in Australia.
Click here to find out more about the Public Art In Kings Park.