Zamia Trail, Bold Park

Zamia Trail

Excellent sea and city views are not the only reason that the Zamia Trail is so popular but having something to look at as one is slogging up hilly terrain always helps!

Our seniors walking group – oldest is 76 and the youngest 61 – enjoyed a morning walk on the Zamia Trail last week. It was a beautiful day and a lot of people obviously had the same idea as the track was bustling.

Zamia Trail

Zamia Trail

The Zamia Trail is in the Bold Park Reserve, which covers more than 400 hectares near City Beach. Although the Zamia Trail is the longest of numerous walks within the Reserve, it is a relatively short loop at just over 5 kms. Parts of it are hilly so a reasonable level of fitness is needed. There are quite a few small park benches on the Trail – always useful on a walk well frequented by older groups. And not only older groups use this Trail – dog walkers (dogs must be kept on a leash) and families with young children were also enjoying the good winter weather.

Ocean and city views can be glimpsed throughout the Trail but the best views are from the lookout that is up a short incline and has a park bench at the top.

Zamia Trail

Zamia Trail

A magnificent duck taking a morning constitutional in Bold Park was the group’s only wildlife encounter. However several kookaburras and other birds entertained walkers with their calls.

Zamia Trail

Bold Park has many walks so patrons can pick which track they prefer and which one is suited to their fitness level. More than 300 species of plants have been identified in the Reserve and many of the trails walks are named after the flora and fauna in the area: Tuart, Hovea, Banksia and Possum as well as Zamia.

The Zamia Trail is a great inner city, bushland walk. It is well signposted and should take around two hours at a moderate pace. Our group did parts of other trails and ended up with a good three hours exercise.

Zamia Trail

Guided walks, led by volunteers are also available, contact The Friends of Bold Park:

Parking bays are plentiful at the Perry Lakes Reserve as well as the Tuart and Camel Lake car parks further along Perry Lakes Drive. There is also parking available at Reabold hill but there are not many bays. All car parks have ACROD spaces.

Bicycles are only allowed to use the Reabold Hill Scenic Drive and uphill only on the Scenic Walk. Cycling is not permitted on any of the internal trails in Bold Park.

Opening hours: 24 hours, seven days a week

Facilities: Toilets and BBQ areas available at Perry Lake Reserve and picnic area

About Hazel Broomhead

My name is Hazel and I am a Perth senior!

Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, my husband and I moved to New Zealand with our children in 1974. As my husband is in the oil business, we moved to several other countries including the Sultanate of Oman, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the USA, Russia and Kazakhstan during the next 36 years before retiring to Perth.

We have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in different parts of the globe – New Zealand, Scotland and Colombia - which makes a great excuse for us to travel and visit.

My career background is in radio and print journalism in Scotland and New Zealand as well as public relations in various other countries.

We love to eat out, walk, travel and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here in Western Australia.

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