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The place

The original intent for the Place of Reflection was to create a public reflective space of significance for the people of Western Australia that would be universally accessible and that would recognise the needs of a multicultural community, now and for generations to come.

This vision has been realised in a most spectacular way.

The Place of Reflection occupies 700 square metres of one of the most scenic parts of Kings Park, in the beautiful Roe Gardens, high on the Mt Eliza escarpment. Fringed by a canopy of trees, this elevated site provides glimpses of the cityscape, the Swan River flowing by below and the Darling Ranges far beyond. It offers individuals a protected place for quiet contemplation of their loss, while still feeling connected to the cycle of life that is visible all around them.

On entering the Place of Reflection, visitors find themselves in the heart of nature where the sun, dramatic skies, poetic shifts of light and shade, the flow of water and breezes, the sounds of birds and the fragrances of the Australian bush envelop them. This simple and quiet transition from everyday life to a tranquil place of reflection is intended to be both transformative and restorative.

The Place
"I sat on the seat with my husband and cried, letting myself acknowledge long-held grief. I felt engulfed by warmth, held and protected…"

A daughter remembering her parents

"The Place of Reflection is unique… The view from its location on the scarp of Kings Park is simply magnificent, and the design of the place itself blends beautifully with the natural bush surroundings… What a lovely, peaceful place to go to remember a loved one."

Tuart Place staff member

"A place of peace, calmness, beauty, tranquillity and freedom - I felt like I was in a space where I didn’t have to think about anything. I could reflect or meditate or just enjoy."

Perth Home Care Services staff member

"My friend and I come here together. We sit on the bench, two widows sharing our memories of our partners."

Place of Reflection visitor

"The discreet location amongst nature with such a superb outlook enables individuals and groups to reflect and heal without judgement."

King Edward Memorial Hospital, Grief & Loss Council member

"We really appreciate the sense of peace and serenity that settles on us when we are there."

Adoption Jigsaw staff member

"We can share this place with those needing a quiet time, somewhere to sit quietly or grieve... a place with nature, somewhere they might find peace, calmness, even closure."

Mareena Purslowe & Associates staff member

"We can share this 'A place of complete peace to just reflect and let your worries in the world go. And a place to reflect on the loved ones lost in your life and to honour them.' With those needing a quiet time, somewhere to sit quietly or grieve... a place with nature, somewhere they might find peace, calmness, even closure."

Anglicare staff member

"We really could not have had a more ambient or beautiful setting."

Cystic Fibrosis WA staff member

"The Place of Reflection is an important place to myself and my family. We are able bring our sadness to this place and turn it into a reflection that deepens our lives and our compassion for all those who suffer loss."

Soroptimists International member

"It is a lovely place for thought, meditation and comfort in nature, a place to find peace in the chaos of life."

Place of Reflection visitor

"I really like the words on the path as well as the words on the bench. If you have come through a time of grieving, you do at times feel very alone – particularly if you have experienced the loss of a life partner. The words on the bench ‘You are not alone’ were particularly meaningful to me."

Place of Reflection visitor

"A beautiful, peaceful place for people experiencing grief and loss to spend some quiet time, remembering and healing."

Place of Reflection visitor