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Things to Do In Kings Park
Kings Park is one of the very best things about Perth for both locals and visitors. With over 400 hectares of bushland, parks and gardens - not to mention the beautiful views across the Swan River and the city - it's a fantastic place to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
1. Kings Park at Night - Views, Walks and Dinner-time Picnics
The evening is one of the best times to visit the Fraser Avenue area of Kings Park for a walk or a picnic dinner. There are always lots of people about, enjoying the cool night air and admiring the views of the Perth city lights.
On a still night, the Swan River is like a black mirror reflecting back the lights, and when the moon is full, you'll be able to see the Staircase to the Moon.
2. Go on a monument and statue treasure hunt (fun for kids)
The assortment of statues, monuments and memorials are scattered seemingly at random throughout the parks and gardens along the Mount Eliza escarpment can make for an entertaining walk, if you make a game of it and see how many you can find. Some are small and hidden away, others are rather odd, and stand out.
This is a lot of fun for kids. My Grandma and I often used to do this when I was young. The highlights for me were making a wish at the wishing well, spotting the "Egg" and speaking secret messages through the whispering walls.
3. Cycling, Jogging and Bushwalking
The extensive areas of natural bushland (around two-thirds of the total area) are criss-crossed by a network of paved cycle paths, footpaths and dirt tracks, providing endless options for bike rides and walks. If you're trying to get fit, running up and down Jacob's Ladder is a good work out.
The nicest walk that takes in the best of the views is to walk through the Fraser Avenue park, past the war memorial and pick up the Lotterywest Walkway, which will take you over the glass bridge. Continue along as far as Dryandra Lookout.
Alternatively, walk from the Synergy Parkland to the DNA tower, then through the Pioneer Womens' Memorial water garden. From there you can walk along the peaceful southern end of the Mount Eliza escarpment, or north through the War Memorial area to Fraser Avenue.
4. Picnics in the Park
Extensive lawns and gardens with tall trees, lakes and beautiful views, some better than average playgrounds for the kids, and BBQ facilities make Kings Park one of the best places in Perth to go for a picnic, whether it's a huge family reunion with 100 people, or a romantic picnic for two.
See this page for photos and descriptions of Kings Park Picnic Spots
5. Bird Watching
The natural bushland of Kings Park, Perth is a haven for native birds, including Australian ringneck parrots, galahs, corellas, rainbow lorikeet, kookaburras, magpies, black swans, native ducks honeyeaters and wattle eaters. At night it's not uncommon to see owls and other raptors.
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