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Spectacular sweeping views of the city skyline and the Swan River, endless paths and trails, and beautiful flora make Kings Park an absolute must for a run when visiting Perth. The 400-hectare park contains a large botanical garden, numerous memorials, a walkway among the treetops, a ‘DNA Tower’ with great views, and other features. This excellent park trail map is very helpful.

We’ve mapped a 5.6 km route which follows a good part of the park’s perimeter, using the Boomerang/Speargrass/Goanna/Hacketts paths. You can also create your own route incorporating numerous other paths. For a good, straight shot, take the Broadwalk Vista from the DNA Tower to May Drive. We also recommend running on the dirt ‘bushland’ paths, which take up 2/3 of the park’s area. They’re wonderful for experiencing the native biological diversity, and also more shaded on a hot day¬† If you get lost, just head south to link up with Mounts Bay Road which runs between the park and Swan River. This guide has additional options for walking/running loops.

Of course, no visit to Kings Park would be complete without an ascent, or two, of Jacobs Ladder, which consists of 242 stairs.

Essentials
  • Many km possible in park - we've mapped a 5.6 km (3.5 mile) perimeter route, but numerous additional options
  • Our mapped route is 273 feet (83m)
  • Park entrance at Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial (Kings Park Rd. & Fraser Ave.)
  • Bus Route 935 enters the park and turns around at the main tourist area near the State War Memorial