Bold Park after fire

Join the Friends of Bold Park Bushland volunteer guides for a free guided walk exploring the site of a past bushfire and learn how the bushland has responded.

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Event information

In 2012, a large fire burnt through bushland near the southern end of Bold Park. Over a decade later and, while the plants have grown back, the bushland still shows signs of the fire that went through.

Our native plants have evolved in a landscape where fire was a part of the ecosystem. Many plants have evolved defences to allow them to survive fires, such as thick bark, underground lignotubers, or woody fruits. Other plants focus on the next generation, being killed by fire but releasing seeds that rapidly germinate to take advantage of the lack of competition post-fire. The chemicals in smoke often help stimulate these seeds to germinate.

Join the Friends of Bold Park Bushland volunteer guides this month as we explore the Balga Walk Trail that traverses the 2012 fire site and learn how our bushland plants have adapted to survive fires.

Prepare for your walk:

  • Approximately 1.5 hours duration.
  • Walking grade is moderate with some steeper sections; not suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
  • Wear sturdy, closed-in shoes and come dressed for the weather with a hat and drinking water.
  • There are no toilets in Bold Park. The nearest toilet facilities are at Perry Lakes Reserve.
  • All guided walks are free and bookings are generally not required for individuals.

Please contact the Friends of Bold Park Bushland if you have a group greater than ten people who wish to attend.

Our events go ahead in rain or shine, however walks may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Refer to the notices section for current closures and service interruptions.