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“Manufactured nature”

Rio Tinto Naturescape, Kings Park
Ranked #38 of 178 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
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“Manufactured nature”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

I have to agree witih an earlier review by Andy W - "Corporate-controlled nature" is a very apt descriptor. On a rainy afternoon I took my 4 1/2 year old son and dog for a walk through Kings Park with the intent of going to Naturescape. On arrival we were bailed up by one of the 'custodians' pointing out our small dog on a lead could not enter the 'scape' nor my son's balance bike. Fair enough but then looking at the pamphlet they handed out, my son asked me to explain the litany of red forbidden signs on the document - no throwing rocks, no balls, no camping, no umbrellas, no chairs, no picnics, no immersion in water, no pets, no scooters, no bikes, no skateboatds, no playing without parental supervision..you get my drift. I understand the need for these prohibitions but at the same time it takes the egde of what is supposed to be a natural experience. Enjoying nature should be organic and just happen - not manufactured in a controlled setting. If this is the future for our children then I am very concerned. You are better off visiting one of our local national parks (e.g. John Forrest) and enjoy nature as it was intended.

Visited May 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Well done RIO TINTO”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

I was very impressed with the quality and workmanship that was put into this creation. It is WA in a nut shell, and any tourist visiting would be encouraged ( at least by me) to view this establishment.

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“A must see :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place is a must see! There are so many fabulous things to see here. Restaurants, shops, cafe, tree top walk, wild flowers, water fountains, parks, play grounds, memorials, gift shops, view over the river and the city of Perth and much more. If you are a visitor to Perth you have to go up here!!

Visited January 2013
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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Rio Tinto Naturescape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a great addition to the kids parks within Kings Park. The towers (tree hides) to climb and the brook which you can attempt to build a dam on are great. As are some of the other features like walking over streams on logs, the ropes in the trees (the tangle), the dingo dens and the spring. It's worth noting that there are no shops/cafes but there are a number of water fountains. Alos it tends to get busy and there will close it to visitors when it reaches a certain capacity (we also go early in the day for that reason), also because it doesn't have any dedicated car park as such so better to go early and park closer. Kids will get wet and swimming clothes / rashies are a must if they get into the creek - which they will!
Just a note it is closed all of February and on mondays. Great to go here and then over to either Sticky Beaks or the main Kings Park Cafe.

Visited January 2013
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Rio Tinto at Kings Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

A quick word of warning, this park is currently shut on Mondays for maintenance and also limits the number of people allowed in, can be a queue during the school holidays.

My three kids love it, especially older two at 7 and 5 years old, as they can climb independently on the trees and ropes and climb the observation tower. What the biggest hit with all three of them, including the 2 year old is the creek in which they can paddle and build dams and just generally muck around, get wet and dirty. A change of clothes is a must! There are several areas where dens can be made too, another favourite pastime.

I believe the park also shuts at 4, and as we were the last ones there once, got to see the rangers carefully dismantling the dams and replacing the stones....every time we have been there has been rangers around to answer questions and keep an eye on things.

Not a bad day out at all, especially if your children are just a bit too old for the Sticky Beaks part of Kings Park.

Visited July 2012
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