Monday, February 22, 2010

A Royal View

Located on the western boundary of Perth's Central Business District is Kings Park.  The 1,000 acre park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world, is a mixture of maintained grassy areas, cultivated gardens, open recreational areas and natural bushland.

The park, which was the first to be designated for public use in Australia, was opened in 1895.  Its location on Mount Eliza, 65 meters above the Swan River, provides excellent views of the city's foreshore and surrounding suburbs.  The tranquil setting is the perfect place for picnics, short strolls or longer walks.  The park provides an ideal retreat within the city.

Nearly two thirds of the Park remain in its natural bushland state.  With over 300 species of native plants and three major plant communities, the park is a wonderful place to become acquainted with the diverse flora of the area.  Visitors who wish to walk among the treetops are able to cross a 52 meter glass and steel arched bridge suspended across a canopy of tall eucalyptus.  In the springtime the gardens come alive with a blaze of brilliant colors and lush scents as Western Australian wildflowers come into bloom.  
There are several paths, children's playgrounds, public facilities and cafes located around the park.  For those who would like to learn more about the park there is a tour twice daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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