Rediscover Bold Park, one of Perth's treasured coastal bushland reserves.
Declared an A-class reserve in 1998 for its high conservation, landscape and recreation values, Bold Park is one of the largest remaining urban bushland areas in Perth, covering 442 hectares. Reabold Hill is the highest natural point on the Metropolitan Coastal Plain, peaking at 85 metres above sea level, and in the 1950s the site was considered as a location for the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Bold Park has an intensively surveyed fungal diversity with 479 species documented and 310 known, locally-native plant taxa. The bushland has all five species of burrowing snake known on the Swan Coastal Plain, including the rare and endangered black striped snake (Vermicella colonotus). During the gold-rush years, camels were imported to transport provisions in the goldfields and were quarantined in an area of Bold Park; now known as Camel Lake. The famous Australian explorer Ernest Giles also rested his camels at Camel Lake after his epic journey from Port Augusta to Perth in May 1875.
Following its transference to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in 1998, Bold Park has experienced significant service and facility upgrades. These include the establishment of the Western Australian Ecology Centre and Reabold Hill boardwalk in 2004, improved directional signage and extensive bushland restoration.
The recent Bold Park Open Day was a great success with hundreds of visitors discovering Bold Park's impressive biodiversity, history and volunteering opportunities. There was something for everyone including hands-on displays, free guided walks and demonstrations, native gardening advice, nature-based kids activities, wildlife handlers and bushland restoration information. A sincere thank you to the Friends of Bold Park Bushland, BGPA staff and members from BirdLife WA, the Wildflower Society and the Naturalists Club for their contributions.