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Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

A Nocturnal Wonderland

Four extraordinary nights in Kings Park

You asked and we’ve listened.

The extraordinary 2017 hit Boorna Waanginy returns to transform Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland over four spectacular nights.

In this epic work Noongar culture, science, cutting-edge technology and breathtaking artistry come together to celebrate the unique and fragile beauty of South Western Australia’s landscape.

Huge projectors transform the avenues of Kings Park into an ever-moving canvas, where trees and flowers bloom, flocks of birds descend, wetlands fill, bush fires rage and the stories of the formation of the land unfurl all around you. Bring the family along for an unmissable experience that is truly awe inspiring.


This walkthrough event runs continuously from 8pm-11pm, with last entry at 10.30pm. You are welcome to arrive at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace.

Your 1.5km journey into Kings Park begins at Fraser Avenue and concludes with a stunning light installation at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

Use our interactive map below to explore the experience.

We recommend allowing 45 minutes from start to finish, plus 25 minutes to walk to the exit. Pack light and wear comfortable shoes.

This is a family friendly event and can be experienced by all ages. Please be advised that there will be loud noises and sound effects during some parts of the journey.

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Getting There

There are lots of options to make your way comfortably to and from the park.

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Public Transport

Transperth offers many easy options to get to and from Perth Busport to take advantage of the free shuttle. For details on all specific Transperth services operating, please check back here in January 2019


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No parking will be available in Kings Park. If you chose to drive, we recommend parking in the Perth CBD and catching the free shuttle from Perth Busport. If you plan to park in the City of Perth, we recommend you download their parking App for up-to-date information on parking availability

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Bike Parking

Cycling is a great option for getting to and from Kings Park. Bike parking will be available at the start of the event on Fraser Avenue

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Road Closures

Road Closures will be in place in and around Kings Park. No parking available in Kings Park, ACROD parking will be available. Detailed information will be available in January 2019.

Getting Around

We recommend allowing 45 minutes from start to finish, plus 25 minutes to walk to the exit. Pack light and wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be rewarded with an incredible experience.

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Access Information

Accessibility Information

  • The event route will include paving, grass, compact dirt, sloped and uneven surfaces
  • 40% of the event route is grass
  • 80% of the event has alternative paved pathways
  • Accessible toilets will be available at points throughout the park

ACROD parking bays will be available at the Lotterywest Family Area

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Assistance Bus

For those who require assistance at the completion of the event to return to the start, a special assistance bus will be departing from the corner of Forrest Drive and Lovekin Drive every 15 minutes.

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Food and Drink

Food and drinks will be available to purchase prior to the start of the journey, near the roundabout at Malcolm Street and Kings Park Road, as well as at the end of the journey at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

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What do I bring?


  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Bring food and drink if you wish (food and drink will also be available for purchase prior to the start and at the end of the journey)
  • Wear a cardigan or light jacket in case of cooler weather
  • Bring a raincoat or poncho if rain is forecast


  • Dangerous or hazardous items
  • Alcohol
  • Glassware
  • Portable BBQs
  • Candles or other naked flames
  • Pets

This is SMOKE FREE event.

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Check back in January 2019 for further details.

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Creative Team

  • Nigel Jamieson


  • Zoe Atkinson

    Artistic Associate & Designer

  • Sohan Ariel Hayes

    Media Artist

  • Dr Richard Walley

    Artistic Associate & Cultural Advisor

  • Kingsley Reeve

    Sound Designer

  • Ash Gibson Greig


  • Mark Howett

    Lighting Designer

  • Sean McKernan

    Associate Lighting Designer

  • Kim Scott

    Writer (Six Seasons) & Voice Artist

  • Shane Pickett

    Paintings Appearing in Six Seasons


  • Jessica Wyld Photography

  • Toni Wilkinson

  • Rachael Barrett

With thanks also to the Project Team, Project Contributors, Kwarbah Djookian Dancers, Middar Aboriginal Dance Group, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Seeds of Change participating schools & community group.

Created with guidance from Noongar community Elders, Whadjuk Working Party members and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

Seeds of Change Participants

  • All Saints' College

  • Bassendean Primary School

  • Beckenham Primary School

  • Beeliar Primary School

  • Bertram Primary School

  • Brentwood Primary School

  • Chrysalis Montessori School

  • City Beach Primary School

  • Cloverdale Primary School

  • Comet Bay Primary School

  • Coodanup College

  • De Sena-Arathoon Homeschool

  • Fremantle Primary School

  • Freshwater Bay Primary School

  • Guildford Primary School

  • Hale School

  • Helena College Junior School

  • Hillman Primary School

  • Hilton Primary School

  • Morley Home School

  • John Wollaston Anglican Community School

  • John XXIII College

  • Katanning Senior High School (Bush Ranger Cadet program)

  • Melville Primary School

  • Merriwa Primary School

  • Millen Primary School

  • Nedlands Primary School

  • Nollamara Primary School

  • NOR Homeschool Village at Butler Community Centre

  • North Cottesloe Primary School

  • North Fremantle Primary School

  • Palmyra Primary School

  • Penrhos Junior College

  • Samson Primary School

  • Spearwood Alternative School

  • Victoria Park Primary School

  • Winterfold Primary School

  • Wirrabirra Primary School

  • Woodlupine Primary School

Ground Beneath Our Feet

  • Coolbinia Primary School

  • Hillcrest Primary School

  • Merriwa Primary School

  • Spearwood Alternative School

  • Penrhos Junior College

  • Beckenham Primary School

  • Chrysalis Montessori School

  • De Sena-Arathoon Homeschool

We Acknowledge

Perth Festival acknowledges that our events take place on the traditional lands of the Noongar people and we wish to pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this Country.

As we celebrate the work of contemporary artists from around the world, we also acknowledge and respect the continuing culture of the Whadjuk people and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.


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