Law Walk

Kings Park

Directions - The start of the trail is located at the Karri Pavilion in Kings Park. From the Wadjuk Car Park behind Frasers Restaurant head south past the Giant Boab and follow the signs for the Law Walk. The information board is right next to the Karri Pavilion overlooking the river. 

The Hike - Kings Park is an icon of Perth and a popular tourist destination so I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to visit given it's a short distance from home and there are a number of walk trails to experience. That all changed when Caris mentioned she wanted to see the everlastings that had recently come into bloom and I thought it would be a fun weekend activity to take the family there for a relaxing walk. With the month long Kings Park Festival running for all of September and the wildflowers in full bloom we packed up the doggos and headed there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately half of Perth also had the same idea so after finding a park way down on Lovekin Drive, we headed to the main garden area of Kings Park to check out the everlasting display. The masses of pink, white and yellow did not disappoint (even if Sadie thought it was a bit boring) and there was a cool patchwork of knitted flowers hanging around that reminded me of the random fence line walking between Dwellingup and Swamp Oak.

There are a number of walking options within Kings Park but I'd decided that we would check out the Law Walk as it was a fairly easy option and both of us were recovering from winter illness. Making our way past the Giant Boab (Gija Jumulu) and the Mount Eliza Lookout, we reached the bright orange Karri Pavilion that is home to the start of the Law Walk. Dogs are allowed on this walk but if you plan on taking in the Lotterywest Federation Walkway as part of the return journey then they will unfortunately have to miss out. With Sadie and Kit raring to go we headed down the paved path that runs along the edge of the limestone escarpment. One thing you notice straight up is the vast array of wildflowers ranging from Kangaroo Paws (abundant in Kings Park), Yellow Flag, Banksias to an assortment of WA natives. We headed in a clockwise direction to start and that meant walking under the Federation Walkway. This popular section was well visited and we could see a lot of people from below enjoying the elevated walkway. I was falling behind a lot as the number of different wildflowers along the path meant I was stopping to take photos every few steps.

 

While Kings Park does have a Botanical Garden that includes native WA wildflowers, it was nice to see them in a semi natural setting here. You can tell a lot of work has gone into Kings Park over the decades and it's an asset that Perth is lucky to have. As we moved along it was fun to spot wildflowers and be reminded of where I'd seen them on other walks in the Perth Hills or in the South West. As the Federation Walkway ended we continued along the path and things became a lot quieter. Instead of feeling like being in a crowd, we only saw someone every few minutes as we headed south along the escarpment. What didn't change was me stopping every now and then as there were yet more wildflowers and orchids I had to photograph. Seeing the lovely Fairy Orchid and Cowslip Orchid immediately took me back to walking between Collie and Balingup in 2018 and it was a nice feeling to be reminded of those memories. The undulating nature of the path meant that sometimes you were buried in the undergrowth, which contained a lot of Parrot Bush, and sometimes a little higher up where you could enjoy the views over the Swan River.