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 of birds.
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.