Recreation spaces can be accessed by all to play, socialise, exercise, celebrate or participate in other activities that provide personal satisfaction or intrinsic reward.


Sport spaces provide a venue for formal structured sporting activities such as team competitions, physical skill development and training.


Nature spaces provide a setting where people can enjoy nearby nature and protect local biodiveirsty and natural area values.

Information Sheets

News & Events

  • PLA Awards of Excellence are open

    The PLA Awards of Excellence showcase the excellent work of the parks and leisure professionals who deliver enormous benefit to our communities and recognises outstanding performance by both organisations and individuals contributing to the sector.  

    The 2017 PLA Award Submissions are now open and close March 24, 2017.

    Click here for more details and to apply.

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  • Free guided walks in Kings Park and Botanic Garden

    Free guided walks in Kings Park and Botanic Garden are led by the Kings Park Volunteer Guides. They depart daily from Fraser Avenue, outside Aspects of Kings Park.

    Guided walks are free to the public and bookings are not necessary for groups less than 10 people. Special guided walks are available for group bookings (greater than 10 people) who have particular needs, such as a convenient time or specially designed topic. Additional walks are available during the annual Kings Park Festival in September.

    In rare circumstances, guided walks may be cancelled such as the afternoons of extreme fire danger days. Notices will be posted to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority website.

    Daily discovery walks

    Walks depart daily at 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm. They run every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day on a variety of topics.

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  • Magical Park Challenge

    Magical Park will be a feature of Parks Week 2017, exploring the themes of technology, open spaces and community. The challenge is to create 200 Magical Parks across Australia and New Zealand, providing families of all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy their local parks in a fun and unique way.

    Parks and Leisure Australia and NZ Recreation Association, supported by GEO AR Games (developers of Magical Park ) are looking to partner with Councils to make this a reality.

    What is a Magical Park?

    Magical Park turns a normal urban city park into a digital fantasy land playground. Utilising a mobile device and the Magical Park app, Councils can transform underutilised spaces or playgrounds into an exciting and engaging world for kids and families to explore. Creating a blended virtual world seen through the app once they enter the boundaries of the magical park.   

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  • Parks Week

    Parks play a vital role in creating liveable cities and thriving communities. They are our most frequented spaces for recreational activities and provide opportunities for tourism, conservation and the social interaction that is vital for a connected and resilient population. That's why the New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia have teamed up to help organise Parks Week 4th - 12th March, 2017. Promoting the many benefits our parks and open spaces provide, Parks Week will see councils and other organisations on both sides of the Tasman running engaging events to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

    Event Date: 4th - 12th March 2017


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  • Green Space Alliance Position Statement and Discussion Paper Released!

    The Discussion Paper will be launched at Parks and Leisure WA conference on Thursday 16 June 2016.

    Click here to find out more including GSA’s discussion paper, position statement, video and how you can help protect Perth's green future.

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  • POS Strategy Guide for Local Governments

    Introducing the new online step-by-step guide to preparing or reviewing a public open space strategy, or other strategy which includes public open space considerations (e.g. a local planning strategy).

    Find it on the DSR website!

    Step 1 : Committing to Action
    Step 2 : Scope and context
    Step 3 : Audit of existing POS 
    Step 4 : Current and future needs analysis
    Step 5 : Gap analysis
    Step 6 : Strategies, opportunities and priorities
    Step 7 : Implementation
    Step 8 : Monitoring and review

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