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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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