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1) Walk map - Shows route and waypoint locations
3) 3D map view
7) Waypoint listing and grid references
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View of Perth City from Bold Park, Dec. 2003.
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Using this map.
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7 kms west of Perth.
9 field kms (all on existing trails).
|Degree of difficulty :||
EASY. (What does this mean?)
Also suitable for Nordic Walking.
|Amount of uphill walking :||180m (cumulative ascent)|
NO. All on existing well-marked trails.
See Google Map for start point on road map.
(Use zoom ladder for detail. Select 'Hybrid' to add satellite imagery.)
West on Cambridge Street, then continue on Oceanic Road, then turn left into Reabold Hill Scenic Drive entry (now about 1 km past Perry Lakes Drive). Follow the short Drive up the Hill and park in the carpark near the top of Reabold Hill (the Start point of this walk).
Alternatively, if the Scenic Drive vehicle access gates are closed, park in the parking area near Perry House (the Wildflower Society of WA's office), reached off Perry Lakes Drive; then locate the start of 'Scenic Walk' by walking a short distance toward Oceanic Drive from the carpark. (The Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority's Western Australian Ecology Centre is also located near the carpark.) Follow Scenic Walk for about 700m on the old (disused) single-lane road up Reabold Hill to the carpark near the summit.
The official Reabold Hill carparking hours are:
1 April-31 Oct. - 7am-6pm
1 Nov.-31 March - 6am-8pm
|Escape route/s :||
The various trails lead to alternate exit points in the west (onto West Coast Highway), east (onto Perry Lakes Drive), and south (near West Coast Highway-Rochdale Road junction).
Bold Park is not yet as well known as Kings Park yet this Class A nature reserve is slightly larger, and its hilly terrain, covered mainly by tuart and banksia woodlands and heath, offers varied and very enjoyable bushland walking despite the close proximity to suburbia. Reabold Hill (elevation 93m) is the highest natural point on the Swan Coastal Plain within the Perth metro area. The remnant coastal bushland of the Park makes an interesting change from the jarrah-marri forest which dominates the Darling Range. The Park also offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to the west and Perth City and distant Darling Range to the east.
There are a total of almost 14 kms of well maintained walking trails through the Park. The circuit recommended on this page can be walked in less than 2-1/2 hours at an easy pace and covers about 75% of the existing trails with minimal overlap.
An excellent time to do the walk is early morning just after sunrise when the Park's abundant bird-life is stirring; around 90 bird species have been identified including those just 'passing through' and several introduced species, including the unfortunately now pervasive and noisy Rainbow Lorikeet (an aviary escapee; native to the coastal strip of eastern Australia). Early morning walks are also undisturbed by the intrusive noise from the Swanbourne Rifle Range, only about 1 km SSW of the Park.
An additional special feature to take in before starting this walk is the short board walk from the carpark to the summit area of Reabold Hill. The magnificent restoration in recent years of this summit area (and other parts of the Park) with native vegetation is a great tribute to the dedicated efforts of the Park management and community volunteers who appear to be fast realising the vision for the Park (see BGPA below) of achieving a recognised "world class urban wilderness....".
|Additional maps :||
WalkGPS walk map for OziExplorer users: A downloadable OziExplorer format MAP file (*.map) for this walk area is included on the Maps, Waypoints & Track Files page. The zipped folder also includes the associated 'base' topo map image file, plus other attached waypoints, tracks/routes, etc in OxiExplorer file formats.
or 1:25,000 Perth 2034-II SW-Mullaloo 2034-III SE sheet (DOLA,1989; LAWA Series R812) -trails not shown - available on DVD.
|Other background references :||
Bold Park Management Plan 2006-2011, BGPA, 2006.
Friends of Bold Park Bushland - The community group working with the BGPA to protect the area.
Perth Plants - a field guide to the bushland and coastal flora of Kings Park and Bold Park, Perth, Western Australia, Barrett, Russell L. and Tay, Eng Pin, 2005. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. (ISBN 0 876479 07 8).
Route/Trail notes :
The 9 km 'route' recommended here is entirely on the existing, mostly well-marked trails. GPS is obviously not required but waypoints are provided here in case you are new to GPS and would like to test your GPS navigation skills.
Start from the carpark near the top of Reabold Hill (or, if the Scenic Drive vehicle access gates are closed, as described under "Access" above, start from the alternative carpark near Perry House, reached off Perry Lakes Drive; then locate the start of the 'Scenic Walk' trail up Reabold Hill.)
Walk WSW about 200m from the Start point to waypoint '2', then turn left onto the Camel Lake Trail to follow it downhill. Then take the first sidetrack on the right at '3' and soon after (at '4') take the left branch of the trail. (The right branch heads west back up the hill). This section of the Trail passes close by 'Camel Lake', an area that was once a semi-permanent wetland (now at most a puddle) and was used as a camel watering stop by explorer Ernest Giles on his 1875 journey from Augusta to Perth. On reaching a trail junction at '5', turn right to follow the marked Possum Walk uphill. Continue past the 'Pine Walk' turn on the left at '6' and reach the Zamia Trail on the ridge at '7'. Turn left and after about 150m (at '8') veer right to follow the Banksia Walk, initially uphill. When the Banksia Walk meets the Sheoak Walk (at '9'), turn left to follow the Sheoak Walk back to the Zamia Trail. Follow the Zamia Trail south past the pine plantation on the left. Then veer west to reach the start of the Blackboy Walk on the left (at '11' or '16'). Follow Blackboy Walk (via '12', '13', '14' and '15') to return to the Zamia Trail (at '16').
Then follow the Zamia Trail via '17' to '21'. Make a short diversion to '22' to obtain good ocean and Rottnest Island views. Then continue along Zamia Trail (via '2') to return to the Start point in the carpark.
Right click here and then "Save Target/Link As..." if you wish to download the waypoints and GPS 'track' as a GPX file in the standard format recognised by most devices and programs including Garmin and Magellan units and GPS Mapping Software. If you have a problem uploading the data, please feel free to contact me directly at WalkGPS rather than your users' forum!
The waypoints in the alternative listing below are given as UTM coordinates with datum to match the Walk Map. NOTE: If you wish to manually enter these into your GPS unit you must first set your unit to the correct Datum. Caution: An incorrect datum can result in an approximate 200m location error! (This is a very slow, error-prone method compared to using the above downloadable file and is not recommended.)
Route list :
Projection : UTM Datum : Australian Geodetic 1984 Zone : 50
Waypt name Easting Northing Comments
START 384134 6465335 Reabold Hill carpark.
2 383973 6465275 Start of Camel Lake Trail.
3 384346 6465167 Side trail, left off Camel Lake Trail.
4 384308 6465077 Rejoin Camel Lake Trail (take left branch).
5 384432 6464498 Start of Possum Walk.
6 384088 6464433 Pass Pine Walk turn off on left.
7 383921 6464639 Meet Zamia Trail.
8 383853 6464525 Start of Banksia Trail.
9 383263 6464524 Meet Sheoak Trail (turn left).
10 383776 6464112 Rejoin Zamia Trail at pine plantation.
11 383681 6463821 Start of Blackboy Trail (also '16').
12 383791 6463550 Take right branch of Blackboy Trail.
13 384100 6463662 City views.
14 383880 6463794 Ocean views.
15 383793 6463554 Approx. back to '12'.
16 383672 6463818 Rejoin Zamia Trail.
17 383357 6463790 Turn right to stay on Zamia Trail.
18 383037 6464544 Pass bridle trail on left, to Old Quarry.
19 383468 6464738 Ocean and bush views.
20 383507 6464728 Pass Thornbill Walk entry on right.
21 383870 6465141 Start of side track on left for ocean views.
22 383794 6465126 Ocean views.
END 384134 6465335 Back at Reabold Hill carpark.
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