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Kings Park Gems

Story: Kings Park Gems
Episode: 7
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 4 July 2021

Right on the fringes of the city, Kings Park is a great place to go with the family to enjoy and be educated about the spectacular plants on display. Trevor takes a walk amongst the treetops and enjoys the winter wildflowers.

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden cover approximately 400 hectares of land. It is 25% bigger than Kew Gardens in England.
  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden is home to over 324 native plant varieties with approximately another 3000 of the state’s unique flora grown here on display for all visitors to enjoy.
  • Kings Park also has 215 known indigenous fungi species and 80 native bird species.
  • Kaarta Gar-up, as it was known by the Whadjuk people of the region, was home to many campsites and ceremonial places.
  • John Septimus Roe was the state’s first European surveyor who recognised this land as being of importance.
  • The park was renamed from Perth park to be Named after King Edward VI1 in 1901, who ruled for just 9 years before his death.
  • Gija Jumulu is a boab tree that was transported 3,200 kilometres from Telegraph Creek, near Warmun in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia to Kings Park in Perth.
  • Gija Jumulu is thought to be about 750 years old and over 14 metres tall, 8 metres wide and weighs over 36 tonnes.
  • Lotterywest Federation Walkway is 620 metres long and takes visitors through a canopy of eucalypts.