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Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

A Nocturnal Wonderland

Four extraordinary nights in Kings Park

Thank you Perth! We are thrilled that so many of you came along to enjoy the return of Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak in Kings Park to open the Perth Festival for 2019.

You were among 230,000 people who took part in this wondrous walk of beauty and connection. We were moved to see so many families from so many diverse backgrounds from across Perth and around the world embrace this home-grown event that celebrates the natural splendour and diversity of the South West. 

‘A light fantastic.’ – Claire Tyrell, The West Australian

‘Imagine Sydney’s Vivid neon light festival on an intimate scale with not only heart and soul but embellished with the smell of fresh eucalyptus.’ – Michaela Boland, ABC

As far as communal experiences go, little can top Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, a $1m spectacle where Dreamtime stories are projected on to the towering flora of Kings Park at night, turning the hilltop environment into a breathtaking shadow play of a long-lost era. – Simon Miraudo, The Guardian

‘Perth Festival organisers have also been finding audiences across a variety of offerings that could not exist anywhere else. Hence the appeal of Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, a remarkably successful community event that attracted about 230,000 people to Kings Park over four nights. A celebration of Noongar culture, Boorna Waanginy tells the story of six seasons with light and sound. It’s a charming, magical transformation of the natural environment.’ – Ashleigh Wilson, The Australian


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.

No dogs allowed. 

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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 (Yagan Square) – to take advantage of the free special event bus see full details on the Transperth website here


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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 special event bus 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. 

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. No dogs allowed. 

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CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the map. 

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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.
There will be a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow. Please contact Perth Festival at or 6488 8616 to register for a wheelchair.
For those who require it, a special assistance bus will be departing from the corner of Forrest Drive and Lovekin Drive every 15 minutes to take patrons back to the start of the event.

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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
  • Dogs/ pets
  • Portable BBQs
  • Candles or other naked flames

This is SMOKE FREE event.

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All your burning questions are answered! 
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the event HERE



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

  • Ardross Primary School

  • Baldivis Secondary 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

  • Evans Home School

  • Fremantle Primary School

  • Freshwater Bay Primary School

  • Guildford Primary School

  • Hale School

  • Helena College Junior School

  • Hillman Primary School

  • Hilton Primary School

  • John Curtin College of the Arts

  • 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 School Participants

  • 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

Community Participants Boodja Djena: Ground Beneath Our Feet

  • APACE Aid

  • BirdLife Australia

  • Carnaby’s Community Action Group

  • City of Cockburn

  • City of Joondalup

  • Conservation Volunteers Australia

  • Curtin University

  • Statewide Services Grounds and Gardens Group; Department of Education

  • Friends of Alison Baird Reserve

  • Friends of Bold Park

  • Friends of Brixton Street Wetlands

  • Friends of Mary Carroll Wetland

  • Friends of Underwood Avenue Bushland

  • Greening Australia

  • Murdoch University

  • Perth Natural Resource Management

  • Rehabilitating Roe 8

  • South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare

  • Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc

  • The Owl Project

  • Trees 4 Change

  • Trillion Trees

  • University of WA Guild Environment Department

  • Western Australian Landcare Network

  • Western Australian Gould League

  • Western Australian Museum

  • Western Australian Naturalists’ Club

  • Anthea Downs

  • Dr Elaine Davison

  • Jamie Wilson

  • Kit Prendergast

  • Liz Blaxell

  • Ric Gleadell

Thanks to

  • Ann Forma

  • Aunty Doolan Leisha Eatts

  • Australian Association for Environmental Education (WA)

  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

  • Blair Parsons

  • Bruce Ivers

  • Carol Innes

  • Cat Hope

  • Cate Tauss

  • Catherine Bishop

  • Clem Rodney (SWALSC)

  • Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre

  • Dr Sara Saberi

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Richard Olive, Joselyn Juraszek)

  • Dr Mike Bamford

  • Family of the Late Cedric Jacobs

  • Holly Story

  • Irma Woods

  • Karla Hart

  • Mossenson Galleries and the Late Mr Shane Pickett’s family

  • Nathan Ducker

  • Nick Abraham (SWALSC)

  • Nick Abraham (SWALSC) Prof. Hans Lambers

  • Prof. Kingsley Dixon

  • Science Teachers’ Association of WA (John Clarke)

  • Sustainable Schools Network (Howard Flinders, Colleen Sherratt)

  • Uncle Walter Eatts

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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