Kings Park State War Memorial#3 in Best Things To Do in Perth
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As its name suggests, the Kings Park State War Memorial – a set of several different structures that honor Australians for their service and sacrifice across history – is located in Kings Park & Botanical Garden. The nearly 60-foot granite cenotaph honors all fallen Western Australians with bronze plaques etched with the names of nearly 4,000 Australians who died during World War II, as well as those who lost their lives in conflicts that followed. Along the western side of the memorial area, visitors will find the Court of Contemplation and the Pool of Reflection, which is lit by the continuously burning Flame of Remembrance, signifying the promise to remember the fallen.
Recent travelers described the war memorial as "thought-provoking" and "captivating." Others said the panoramic views of the Swan River and surrounding Perth are additional reasons to pay a visit.
Located in the northeastern corner of Kings Park & Botanical Garden, the State War Memorial is free to visit any time day or night. For more information, visit the website.
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#1 Kings Park & Botanic Garden
According to visitors, Kings Park & Botanic Garden can hold its own among the world's best parks – including Central Park in New York, El Retiro in Madrid and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Not only do the park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser Avenue Precinct to bushland-specific flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also playgrounds, playing fields, cafes and picnic areas. What's more, the park's Rio Tinto Naturescape, due to open in 2018, will feature a creek for paddling, a rock pool for wading, and rock climbing and scrambling spaces too.
Travelers and locals alike adore this park's expansive walking paths and its ability to appeal to everyone from families to retirees. Others say the views of the city from the walking paths, especially from the raised Lotterywest Federation Walkway, are just "fabulous," as are the shade and breeze on hot summer days.
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