Bold Park

Bold Park brochuresA number of brochures are available to improve visitor services to Bold Park, some of which are available for download below in print friendly format. Printed copies can be obtained through the WA Ecology Centre.

You may also be interested in other Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority publications and reports.

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There are many things to do in Bold Park - whether you are planning a bush walk, taking in the magnificent views from Reabold Hill, or enjoying bird watching and wildflower photography... Why not browse through our recommendations below?

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Enjoy views from Reabold Hill

Enjoy spectacular views of the city, ocean and surrounds from Reabold Hill. Immerse yourself in the native bushland as you take a walk along the unique elevated boardwalk to reach the summit.

Explore the Camel Lake Heritage Trail

Experience a self-guided stroll along the Camel Lake Heritage Trail. Take a journey back in time as you follow the interpretive signage to the days of dinosaurs and explorers and learn about the history, flora, fauna and fungi of the area.

Join a free guided walk

Enjoy a free guided walk with our friendly Volunteer Guides. The walks program offers the chance to enjoy the park through the seasons. The guides showcase the diverse array of native plants and animals and bring to life the park’s history and conservation projects.

Walk the Bush to Beach Regional Trail

The Bush to Beach Regional Trail links unique pockets of bushland from Rosalie Park in Subiaco to Grant Street Marine Reserve in Cottesloe and includes a section through Bold Park. The trail is 16 km and offers a chance to experience nature in the suburbs, get active and enjoy stunning views.

Discover bird life

Bold Park is an important haven for over 90 species of migrant and resident birds. Take a trail walk through the different habitat types like woodlands and heath lands and enjoy a spot of bird watching. From Rainbow bee-eaters to Boobook owls, there are plenty of birds to discover.

Volunteer

Getting involved in restoring bushland is a great way to make a difference. The Friends of Bold Park Bushland Bushcare group support BGPA staff in caring for the park by collecting seed, planting and other activities. To get involved contact the Friends of Bold Park Bushland.

Photograph wildflowers

Get snap happy and photograph the wildflowers. With over 300 species you are bound to find a flower that takes your fancy. From bold banksias to the delicate lace-flower, the bushland offers delightful treasures for the keen photographer. Refer to Film and Photography for more information.

Experience nature

Bold Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. From lounging lizards to the bountiful birdlife, whether they are in a tree or on a track there is plenty to see. Try different times of day to see different animals and see how many you can spot.

Bold Park is one of the largest remaining bushland reserves in the metropolitan area. From woodlands to coastal dunes, the park is a sanctuary for people, plants and wildlife. It offers a unique setting to enjoy the bush and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, in the heart of the Western suburbs. With 15 kilometres of walking trails, there are plenty opportunities for bushwalking and enjoying nature.

In order to get the most out of your visit to Bold Park, please refer to the Visitor Checklist below.

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  1. Dogs are permitted provided they are restrained on a leash no longer than two metres. Dog owners must clean up after their animal and dispose of the waste in a bin.
  2. Portable barbecues are not permitted for safety reasons. There are no barbecue areas in Bold Park, however facilities are available across Perry Lakes Drive at the Perry Lakes Picnic Area.
  3. Cycling is limited to Scenic Walk and Scenic Drive. Please observe a (40 kph speed limit) on Scenic Drive. Scenic Walk is a designated shared use pedestrian/cycle path (15 kph speed limit; uphill only for cyclists) so please keep left and give way to pedestrians.
  4. Keep updated on notices that will affect your visit to Bold Park. This is particularly important for all weekend visitors and function guests.
  5. For visitors with mobility problems, parking for the disabled (ACROD permit holders only) is available at Reabold Hill and in the Western Australian Ecology Centre carparks. Refer to the Bold Park visitor map for carpark locations.
  6. Parking is limited and reserved for park visitors only. Parking your vehicle in Bold Park and then leaving the park is not permitted. Please adhere to parking signs and do not park on lawns, over kerbs or on footpaths. Ensure your valuables are kept with you at all times.
  7. Bold Park actively supports TravelSmart methods of travelling. Consider using public transport on your next visit.
  8. Sunshelters and marquees are not permitted regardless of weather conditions. Exemptions for booked events require written permission.
  9. Decorations, banners, balloons and other similar items are not to be attached to trees, shelters and other fixed structures.
  10. Rubbish bins are limited. To preserve the high standards of the park, you are encouraged to take your rubbish with you and recycle.
  11. Toilet facilities, drinking fountains and other amenities are not provided in Bold Park. Refer to Venues and Facilities for further information.
  12. It is advisable to carry a torch if you are visiting Bold Park after dark.
  13. Have a question? Please contact us with any feedback you may have on your visit.

The Friends of Bold Park Bushland is a community group committed to protecting Bold Park. They played a key role in securing Bold Park as an A class reserve in the 1980's. Their current goal is to work with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority to help create a world recognised urban wilderness.

The Friends take part in:

  • regeneration projects to maintain and improve the quality of the bushland
  • protecting the integrity of the park through lobbying and raising community awareness
  • providing free guided walks through Bold Park bushland.

Membership

Membership of the Friends of Bold Park Bushland has many benefits for you and the bushland. Members are invited to participate in bushwalks led by well known experts, attend informative talks, receive a quarterly newsletter, get involved in volunteer projects and much more.

Your membership will also enable the Friends to continue their commitment to conserving and enhancing Bold Park bushland, in partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Newsletter

The Friends of Bold Park Bushland publishes a newsletter several times a year to inform members about the latest news, Friends activities, contact details and information on topics of interest.

You can download past newsletters below or ask for copies at the Western Australian Ecology Centre.

pdfFriends of Bold Park autumn 2014 newsletter1.98 MB

pdfFriends of Bold Park summer 2013-14 newsletter747.84 KB

pdfFriends of Bold Park spring 2013 newsletter3.23 MB

pdfFriends of Bold Park autumn 2013 newletter1.23 MB

Contact

Contact the Friends of Bold Park Bushland for further information.

Bold Park was declared an A-class reserve on 10 August 1998 for its high conservation, landscape and recreation values and vested with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for management. It is one of the largest remaining bushland remnants in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain, covering 437 hectares near the coast.

The vision for Bold Park is 'to be identified as a world-class urban wilderness enjoyed, studied and managed with the community'.

 Bold Park has an impressive biodiversity, with over 1000 native and non-native species of flora, fauna and fungi identified. Over 300 different local native plants are found within the park boundaries, including a number of priority and regionally significant species. Despite its proximity to the city, there is an abundance of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. An array of almost 500 species of macrofungi have also been documented.

Perry House in 1920. Photo: F. Flood.

Perry HouseThe City of Perth built Joseph Perry's original stone cottage in 1919 for the caretaker of the Endowment Lands, which included Bold Park.

Remnants of the original cottage, a well and hessian sack imprints on various limestone boulders in the area are reminders of those days.

Part of the original homestead provided construction material for the present Perry House, which today houses the Wildflower Society of Western Australia.

The Wildflower Society of Western Australian are a dedicated community group who play an important role in promoting and conserving Western Australian flora.

Peregrine HousePeregrine House was designed and built in 2000 to provide temporary accommodation for the Bold Park staff from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Following the opening of the Western Australia Ecology Centre in 2004, Bold Park staff relocated and Peregrine House today provides offices for Birds Australia WA Group.

Birds Australia are a long-standing community group committed to the conservation of Australian native birds.

Bold Park bushlandBold Park, currently 437 ha, is the largest remaining bushland remnant in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain. Kings Park is only slightly smaller, covering 400 ha. The educational value of Bold Park is highly rated because of the diverse flora, fauna and fungi, and its coastal location in the metropolitan area.

The tuart-banksia woodlands and limestone heaths support a number of habitats for wildlife, including hundreds of species of insects. Together, fungi, insects and plants provide the basis of a complex food chain involving all the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in the bushland. Over 1,000 native and non-native species of flora, fauna and fungi have been identified in Bold Park.

Bold Park provides important linkages to other bushland areas in Perth, including the coast and remnant vegetation within Commonwealth land (Campbell Barracks) to the south-west; Perry Lakes, Wembley Golf Course and Herdsman Lake to the north; Shenton Park Bushland and Kings Park to the east; and Cottesloe Golf Course and Lake Claremont to the south. These linkages provide corridors for fauna to move between these areas, particularly when seeking refuge from disturbance events.

Bold Park bushland provides a rare opportunity to experience relative 'wildnerness' in Perth's urban area. The network of walking trails provide excellent opportunities for bushwalks, nature study and exercise.

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Restoration work in Bold ParkThere are many volunteers who devote their time to helping restore Bold Park and promote its conservation values.

These volunteers are members of community groups and non-government organisations that work collaboratively with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority on special projects. They include the Friends of Bold Bushland, Birds Australia and Wildflower Society of Western Australia.

If you would like to find out about volunteer opportunities in Bold Park please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

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With a rich and diverse biotic environment, undulating dune system, extensive trail network, and proximity to both Perth City and the coastline, Bold Park is a favourite for schools, naturalists, researchers and sporting groups. The construction of a boardwalk to the summit of Reabold Hill and the installation of a new lookout and shade shelter, have increased the popularity of Bold Park as a potential wedding venue.

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Discovering flora in the bushlandBold Park's proximity to educational and research institutions, and the diversity of biota within the park, encourages considerable use for environmental education and research purposes.

Extensive flora, fauna and fungal surveys have been carried out by leading universities, the WA Museum, the Department of Conservation and Environment, CSIRO, the Department of Defence, Cambridge Coastcare and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Bold Park is generally recognised as providing a representation of the original biota of the Swan Coastal Plain. For this reason, many interest groups, such as the Wildflower Society of Western Australia and Birds Australia, conduct activities in the area. Primary and secondary schools also frequently use Bold Park for educational purposes.

Please be aware that Bold Park is a fragile environment. All organised groups are to make a booking in advance.

Tamala RoomThe Western Australian Ecology Centre Tamala Room is available for hire for activities relating to the core business of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA). This includes activities related to biodiversity, conservation, research, horticulture, land management, education and tourism. An alternative type of activity is not permitted without prior written permission from the BGPA.

If you are interested in booking the Tamala Room for your community event or meeting, please contact the Bookings Officer.