A free, totally unmissable event for everyone
The awe-inspiring Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak returns to light up Kings Park with even more spectacular 3D projections telling stories of WA’s beautiful South-West and the culture that has nurtured this cherished land for millennia.
More than 300,000 visitors experienced this home-grown hit of Perth Festival 2017 and 2019 in late summer (Bunuru). Now, Boorna Waanginy is reborn full of new stories especially for EverNow in the new season of Kambarang, the time of regrowth and new life.
Families, friends and strangers will flow together as one through this immersive tunnel of wonder, taking an unforgettable 1.4km journey through the six Noongar seasons and stories of this land. Fire flickers, rain descends, plants come to life and birds and animals roam all around as Kings Parks majestic trees become an ever-moving canvas speaking of the splendour and diversity of Noongar Boodjar and the urgent need to protect the land we share.
This magical and dramatic experience will make locals and visitors to Perth fall in love with Kings Park and our unique place in the world all over again.
"'A spectacular and moving promenade through Kings Park.'"
Event and Ticketing details
Date and time
Fri 6 - Mon 9 Oct
Last entry 10:30pm
Approx 45 mins
|Free||This is a free event and no tickets are required|
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue Kings Park WA 6005Get directions
Essential Event Info
Read the FAQs to find more detailed information including road closures, parking and more.
Download the map here.
- The one-way 1.5km journey begins at the Kings Park Road entrance to Fraser Avenue and concludes at Yorkas Nyinning.
- 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 are not allowed into the event, with the exception of Guide Dogs.
- No parking in Kings Park
Road closures will be in place within Kings Park and the surrounding area during the event. Set up will occur the week commencing 2 October and additional closures will be in place within Kings Park during this week.
View the road closure map here.
Monday 2 – Thursday 5 October 2023
5.00pm – 12.00am: Fraser Ave, Wadjuk Way and some internal roads and carparks in Kings Park (Fraser’s
Restaurant patrons can access Kings Park via Saw Ave).
Friday 6 – Monday 9 October 2023
5.30pm until 12.00am: Kings Park & Botanic Gardens – Fraser Ave, Lovekin Drive, Forrest Drive and May Drive.
Fraser’s Restaurant patrons can access Wadjuk Carpark via the control point at Saw Ave/May Drive.
6.30pm until 12.00am: Full road closure of Kings Park Rd/Malcolm St from Colin St to Milligan St.
Partial road closure southbound on Havelock St from Ord St to Kings Park Road.
Local Residents only will be permitted through a controlled checkpoint to Cliff St, Mount St and Bellevue
Terrace. Access is via Mount St/St Georges Tce or Elder St/St Georges Tce.
Please note cars parked within the road closure will be towed.
Boorna Waanginy | Free Event Shuttle Bus
A free shuttle bus travelling between Kings Park and Perth Busport (located near Yagan Square) will be running for Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak.
- Bus runs from 6.30pm – 11.30pm on Fr 6 – Mon 9 Oct
- Runs every 2min
- Goes from / to Perth Busport (not EQ)
- Drop off / pick up outside Dumas House on Kings Park Road
If you are travelling to all events in one night see below for the EverNow free shuttle.
EverNow | Free Shuttle Bus
Get to all three events!
Operates 7–10pm Fri 6, Sat 7, Sun 8 Oct
Runs every 5min
Make your way to all the events in one night by getting the bus travelling between Kings Park and St Georges Tce.
- Travelling to Kings Park from St Georges Tce bus stop 10081 (St Georges Tc Stand M before Barrack St) adjacent to Council House.
- Travelling to St Georges Tce from Kings Park bus stop 10113 (Kings Park Road) adjacent to Dumas House.
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 Dumas House.
There will be a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow from the event desk.
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.
If you have any access enquiries please contact the team via email.
Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate & Cultural Advisor
Nigel Jamieson Director
Zoë Atkinson Artistic Associate & Designer
Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist
Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer
Ash Gibson Greig Composer
Iain Grandage Composer (Swan Song)
Mark Howett Lighting Designer
Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan Associate Lighting Designer
Barry McGuire Cultural Contributor
Vivienne Hanson Cultural Contributor
Karla Hart Cultural Contributor & Singer
Sharyn Egan Cultural Contributor
Kim Scott Writer and Narrator (Six Seasons)
Cass Lynch Writer (Six Seasons: Nytting)
The Late Mr Shane Pickett Paintings Appearing in Six Seasons (*Permission has been granted by the Family for the use of these paintings)
Mandy Bamford Ecologist and Creative Learning Consultant
The Late Aunty Doolann Leisha Eatts Project Contributor (*Permission has been granted by the Family for the use of this recording)
Sharnie Meunier Participant – Ash Baby section (2023)
Simone Adams Participant – Ash Baby section (2023)
Tjiirdm McGuire Dancer (2023)
Jeeomarra McGuire Dancer (2023)
Melinda Eades Dancer (2023)
Jayda Eades Dancer (2023)
Lorraine Pryor Dancer (2023)
Aaliyah Headland Dancer (2023)
Sayuri Seko Dancer (2023)
Dr Noel Nannup Project Contributor (2017)
Prof Stephen Hopper Project Contributor (2017 and 2023)
Guy Smith Audio System Designer
Jeremy Turner Digital Systems Coordinator
Josh Hogan Music Producer, Voice Record and Edit (Swan Song)
Lucy Torvaldsen Voice Record, Edit and Premix (Ash Baby)
Ned Beckley Sound Premix (Future Weaving)
Envelope Audio Sound Recording Facility (2023)
Sohan Ariel Hayes Animation Supervisor / Editor
Zoe Atkinson Storyboard Artist & Design
Anita Emor Unlisted Animation Producer
Julian Frost Unlisted Lead Animator
Devris Hasan Cinematographer
Jessica Russell Cinematographer
Sohan Ariel Hayes Cinematographer
PAV Events Projection Technology & Logistics Partner
Audio Technik Sound Supplier
Showscreens Lighting Supplier
Black & White – Power & Light Lighting and Power Supplier
Nature sounds courtesy of Listening Earth
|PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS FROM 2023||
Carolina De Sena-Arathoon Project Contributor (2023)
Cody Cullen Project Contributor (2023)
Elijah Summers-Bruce Project Contributor (2023)
Gabriel De Sena-Arathoon Project Contributor (2023)
Jozef Mactiernan Silva Project Contributor (2023)
Justin Fletcher Project Contributor (2023)
Sam Cullen Project Contributor (2023)
|PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS FROM 2019||
Emily Ang Project Contributor (2019)
|PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS FROM 2017||
Annalyse Eades Dancer (2017)
Annette Morrison Dancer (2017)
Dr Blair Parsons Project Contributor (2017)
Cayden Rez Project Contributor (2017)
Daniel Chee Project Contributor (2017)
Hunter Wilson Dancer (2017)
John Walley Dancer/Musician (2017)
Kingsley Dixon Project Contributor (2017)
Lara Seko Dancer (2017)
Joia Kowalewski Project Contributor (2017)
Melinda Eades Dancer/Performer (2017)
Dr Mike Bamford Project Contributor (2017)
Olman Walley Dancer/Musician (2017)
The Late Reverend Cedric Jacobs Project Contributor (2017) *Permission has been granted by the Jacobs Family for the use of the recording by the late Rev Cedric Jacobs
Rickeeta Walley Singer (2017)
Rachel Lee Project Contributor (2017)
Ron Gidgup Project Contributor (2017)
Stan Headland Project Contributor (2017)
Tionne Eades Dancer (2017)
Trevor Jamieson Actor/ Performer (2017)
Trevor Walley Project Contributor (2017)
Vanessa Parker Dancer (2017)
Uncle Walter Eatts Project Contributor (2017)
Ardross Primary School, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Library Sales, Cath Bishop and, Aunty Liz Hayden, Bobbi Henry, Aunty Lynette Knapp, Claudia Rayne, Fiona Schaper, Rickeeta Walley, Trevor Walley, Matyas Zuitko.
|TO THE SCHOOLS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR FUTURE WEAVING PROJECT, THANK YOU||
Lockridge Primary School, Perth Modern School, Fremantle Language Development Centre, Hammond Park Primary School, Hollywood Primary School, Girrawheen Senior High School, Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Subiaco Primary School, Kerry Street Community School, Treeby Primary School, Thomas St. Homeschool Co-Op, Kensington Primary School, Greenmount Primary School, Bunbury Senior High School, Canning Vale Prekindy, DADAA, Cloverdale Education Support Centre, Osborne Park Primary School, Hillman Primary School, Beeliar Primary School, Samson Primary School, Corpus Christi College, Shelley Primary School, Edney Primary School, Nido Early School East Victoria Park, Churchlands Senior High School, Nedlands Primary School, Nan's Art House, Burrendah Primary School, Aspiri Primary School
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Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak was originally commissioned by Wendy Martin, Artistic Director of Perth Festival 2016-2019.