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The Parks, Gardens, Playgrounds and Picnic Spots in Kings Park
In amongst Kings Park's natural bushland are some wonderfully creative playgrounds for kids, and open grassy parks with views across the Swan River and the city, or in peaceful settings surrounded by trees.
Below is a map showing the picnic spots, playgrounds and smaller parks within Kings Park. Scroll down past the map to read about each one in detail and see some photos.
Kings Park Picnic Areas and Playgrounds Map
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A. The Fraser Avenue Lawn
B. The Pines Picnic Area
C. Park Surrounding the War Memorial
D. The Pioneer Womens' Memorial Parkland
E. Synergy Parkland
F. Lottwerywest Family Area (Ivy Watson Playground)
G. Saw Avenue Picnic Area
H. Along the Southern Edge of the Escarpment
Fraser Avenue Lawns and the Pines Picnic Area
The river side of Fraser Avenue (the entrance to the park from the city centre) has a long thin strip of green grass sloping down to the native bushland at the edge of the escarpment.
From here, you get fantastic views of the Perth skyline, Swan River, the Narrows Bridge and South Perth. It's a popular place for walks and picnics, especially in the evening, when the tall lemon-scented gum trees are lit up from below and the city lights are twinkling.
On the other side of the road is the Pines Picnic Area, which has rotundas and barbecues. This is also a very popular spot for picnics, especially on summer evenings.
Frasers Restaurant, Zamia Cafe and the tourist shop are found at the end of Fraser Avenue, where the War Memorial precinct and Botanic Gardens begin.
The Lawns and Gardens Around the War Memorial
Around the West Australian War Memorial are yet more green lawns and beautiful views of the river and the city. There are also lots of smaller statues and monuments scattered about, some beautiful big old trees, and a few pockets of interesting plants that are the start of the Botanic Gardens.
Pioneer Womens' Memorial Parkland
This park features sloping lawns, set back from the edge of the escarpment and surrounded by the Botanic Gardens. The centerpiece is a lake with fountains and statues representing the pioneer women of Western Australia. A small waterfall cascades into a babbling brook that meandres down through the gardens.
Outdoor concerts, theatre productions and movies are frequently held there.
Across the road is the DNA tower and the start of the grassed walkway to Synergy Parkland.
Sloping up towards a rotunda at the edge of the escarpment, the lawn is shaded by tall tuart trees home to colourful parrots. This is an especially nice spot for a picnic on a hot day.
In the shade of the tuart trees, looking down towards the Pioneer Womens' Memorial lake:
The Synergy Parkland is a large grassy park with a lake, BBQ facilities, a cafe and playgrounds. It's the most popular picnic spot in Kings Park, and on weekends and school holidays gets crowded.
The playground and lake were upgraded a few years ago. The unique wooden playground now has a dinosaur theme. It's less adventurous, but more artistic than the old one (more suited to very young children).
A long clearing in the bushland leads to the DNA tower and Pioneer Womens' Memorial park from the Synergy parkland.
Lotterywest Family Area (Ivy Watson Playground)
This park is a fun place for kids to play, with extensive playgrounds. The cycle tracks that criss-cross the park have traffic signals, so kids can pretend they're riding around on the roads.
Saw Avenue Picnic Area
You might remember this park set in a small pine forest on the western edge of Kings Park as dark, gloomy and uninviting, but it's recently been renovated and the pine trees chopped down. The playground's looking a lot better than what it once was.
Along the Southern Escarpment
South of the botanical gardens there are a few small, quiet lawns surrounded by heath and trees, with views out over the widest segment of the Swan river, Melville Water. This is the calmest, most serene part of Kings Park.
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