truly the king of parks

truly the king of parks

October 18, 2010  |  travel tips and tales

King’s Park in Perth is the most visited tourist attraction in WA with millions of people passing through part of its 400 hectares annually. It’s a spectacular setting, high on the limestone escarpment hugging the Swan River, elevated 65m above the city of Perth

Visiting King’s Park at any time of year is exciting, but to do so on a 30 degree Perth Day in early October is a treat. King’s Park, with its myriad of bushland walks harbouring over 300 native species, also houses the Botanic Gardens. Featuring over 2000 of WA’s 12000 species of flora, the biodiversity is amazing. This was just the time to stroll through the gardens, with flowers of all shapes and sizes drawing people and birds like magnets to their colour and nectar. The amazing display of kangaroo paw, such as the one on the left, was a sight to behold. A little Rhodanthe (which used to be included in the genus Helipterum) is shown with its colurful pink flowers at right.

I love the emphasis on learning at King’s Park, a trend that aligns with the increasing desire of people to understand what they are experiencing when they travel. Education programs are facilitated by programs and events, many of which are provided by volunteers. Even if vistors are not absorbed about things botanical, there are some accessible learning points about species such as this grevillea (left) and the impressive grass trees shown to the right (Xanthorea preisi) that are so abundant and important, not only in the bush walks and the Botanic gardens, but throughout Western Australia.

 It’s clear that Western Australians take pride in their major tourist attraction. There is seamless co-operation between the responsible Government managers, private sector sponsors and volunteers.  This sense of co-operation extends to concerts and events that are regularly accommodated in the expansive lawn areas. As a matter of fact, the lawns were good enough to putt on!

There is much to learn about the indigenous and European settlement of WA, about the incredible biodiversity in the State and about the geology of the escarpment and the restoration that is taking place. King’s Park provides an excellent static and living education service. Just check out the website to get a flavour of this, the expansive area involved and the quality of the site. Featured here is a lovely blue Leschenaultia sp. on the left and a striking Darwinia sp. on the right. The subject matter was excellent as these images were taken on a mobile phone! Make sure you build King’s Park into your next WA visit. Pity it doesn’t have an Aboriginal name.

By the way,  the featured image is the flower or Eucalpytus macrocarpa, or Mottlecah, native to south west WA.

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