Stirling Gardens is the oldest garden in the City of Perth and thanks to its kangaroo statues, also one of the most recognisable and most photographed.
Named after Governor James Stirling, the gardens were first used by colonial botanist James Drummond as an acclimatisation garden in the 1830s to raise specimens from seeds. The reserve officially opened as Perth’s first botanical garden in 1845.
The kangaroo sculptures, a water feature, a huge Moreton Bay Fig tree and fabled May Gibbs’ creations Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are some of the more interesting aspects of this parkland.Many events are held in the gardens throughout the year including an ANZAC Day service, Opera in the Park and Carols by Candlelight.
It is also a quiet space for reflection amongst the hustle and bustle of the CBD.