Bold Park Walk (Walk #1)


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On this page:  

1) Walk map - Shows route and waypoint locations

2) Photo from walk  (also see Photo Galleries)

3) 3D map view

4) Google map & Satellite imagery

5) Route profile

6) Walk description

7) Waypoint listing and grid references


 Walk map  Photo

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View of Perth City from Bold Park, Dec. 2003.

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More photos.

     3D map view




  Google Map

Using this map.



 Additional Satellite Imagery

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of the walk area. -Use zoom bar

for road details.

For Google Earth  users

Step 1: Left Click here

For fly-in to waypoints and route

 on image of the walk area.

Or Right Click to

 "Save Target/Link As..."  kml file.

Step 2: Left Click here

For fly-in to 3D view

 of the walk area.

Or Right Click to

 "Save Target/Link As..."  kml file.

Hint: For enhanced 3D effect, set 'Elevation Exaggeration'

in Google Earth to "3" (via 'Tools' menu, 'Options' & 'View' tab).


            Route profile



 Walk description  
Location :

7 kms west of Perth. 

Length :

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)
GPS-required :

NO. All on existing well-marked trails.

Access  :

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).

Main features


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.

Other:  See trails maps on Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA) website (including a Bold Park Trails map);

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 :

See Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA) for a good summary of the Park, including its flora & fauna and history (including a Camel Lake Heritage Trail brochure).

Bold Park Management Plan 2006-2011, BGPA, 2006.

Friends of Bold Park Bushland - The community group working with the BGPA to protect the area.

Bush Birds of Bold Park -a brochure by members of Birds Australia W.A.  Also see Frank O'Connor's website for a bird spotter's summary.

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).

"Reabold Hill Summit  Boardwalk" (200m) is now summarised on the  Trails WA website as one of the W.A. trails selected by DSR and DEC for promotion under the "TrailsWA Top Trails Project".

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.



 Waypoint listing


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!

Also see WalkGPS Maps, Waypoints & Tracks page for downloadable MAP files, plus GPX and Google Earth (KMZ) files. Also see explanatory notes on file formats and how to upload to your unit.

If you require another format you will need to convert the downloaded file using GPS Visualiser (online) or freeware such as GPSBabel.

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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