Bold Park Historical Highlights


Henry Trigg was granted 500 acres of land around the current Perry House. He established quarrying and lime burning works on the land. The quarry has now become The Quarry Amphitheatre and the lime-kilns are hidden by bush in the hillside near Perry House.


Walter Padbury bought Reabold Hill and the surrounding lands, an area consisting of 1,234 acres, which became known as the Limekilns Estate. He slaughtered there for many years in connection with his butchering business at the corner of St Georges Tce and King St, now the site of Padbury House.


The Limekilns Estate was sold to the Birch brothers who reportedly planted a vineyard and also used the slaughter house.


Joseph Perry purchased the entire estate, established horse-breaking and stock dealing, and lived in a stone cottage further east of the present Perry House.


The City of Perth was granted 2,281 acres near the ocean (seafrontage, 3 miles), which became known as the Endowment Lands.


Perth City Council bought the Limekilns Estate (then about 1,290 acres) for £18,000. At this time the Council recommended that a park, incorporating Reabold Hill and nearby land, be set aside, and pines were planted in the area as a park feature.


The Endowment Lands, Limekilns Estate and a Beach Reserve were included within the boundaries of the City of Perth.


Perry House was built for the caretaker of the Endowment Lands.


The beginning of development of the area (housing, etc).


The Perth City Council stated that "a park of 1,000 acres in extent be set apart for the people of Perth forever between Floreat Park and City Beach Estate."


Bold Park was effectively surrounded by suburban housing.


The Environmental Protection Authority, in its comprehensive System 6 Study, recommended that Bold Park and adjacent bushland be preserved because of its high conservation, recreation and education value.


The Friends of Bold Park Bushland Inc. formed as a community lobby group to oppose plans to urbanise some of the area and to have the park boundaries extended to reflect the System 6 recommendations.


The Court Government, together with the Town of Cambridge, announced its intention to create Bold Regional Park. To create the new park, the Town of Cambridge would gift freehold land comprising the total area of Bold Park to the State Government, so it could be developed as a park for all Western Australians. The Town of Cambridge would also provide additional freehold land, to be sold to provide funding for the future management of the park. A further 19 ha of private land was also included. This was known as the Knightsbridge Land and was purchased for $3.675 million in 1993 by the Western Australian Planning Commission for regional parks and recreation purposes using funds generated by from the Metropolitan Region Improvement Tax.

At the time of the announcement, the Hon Premier Richard Court said that Bold Regional Park would have a total area of 465 ha - bigger than Kings Park - and would be listed as an ‘A' Class Reserve. It would be managed by the Kings Park Board.


On 5 March, the Hon Premier Richard Court announced that negotiations for placing Bold Park under the control of the Kings Park Board were complete. On 15 August, Bold Park (437 hectares) was formally handed over from the Town of Cambridge to the State Government for management by the Kings Park Board. The State Government announced that both Kings Park and Bold Park would, under new legislation, be managed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which replaced the Kings Park Board.


After extensive public consultation and review, the inaugural Bold Park Environmental Management Plan 2000-2005 was released. Planning for the document was unique in that three levels of Government (local Town of Cambridge, state Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, federal Department of Defence) worked in partnership to develop complementary plans for Perry Lakes Reserve, Bold Park and Campbell Barracks respectively.


The Western Australian Ecology Centre and Reabold Hill boardwalk to the summit was completed.


The Minister for the Environment; Racing and Gaming, Hon Mark McGowan, officially launched the Bold Park Management Plan for 2006-2011 at Reabold Hill on Saturday, 27 May 2006.


The Bold Park Management Plan 2011–2016 was approved and endorsed by the Hon Bill Marmion MLC, Minister for Environment; Water.


The Bold Park Management Plan 2016–2021 was approved and endorsed by the Hon Albert Jacob, Minister for Environment; Heritage.