Bold Park, 437 ha, is the largest remaining bushland remnant in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain. It includes Reabold Hill, the highest natural point on the Swan Coastal Plain. It is located close to the coast and has a a raised boardwalk that passes through the bushland to a viewing platform at the summit, offering 360 degree views over Perth.
The Park was established in 1936 and declared an A-class reserve in 1998 in recognition of its high conservation, landscape and recreation values.
Bold Park has an impressive biodiversity, with over 1000 native and non-native species of flora, fauna and fungi identified. It is a Bush Forever site.
Over 300 different local native plants are found within the park boundaries, including a number of priority and regionally significant species. Despite its proximity to the city, there is an abundance of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. An array of almost 300 species of macrofungi has been documented through survey work.
The Park is located off Oceanic Drive in Floreat, ten km from Perth. Details re access and walking trails are available here.
Bold Park has a diverse range of plant communities, including coastal heaths not well represented elsewhere. Tuart-banksia woodlands occupy most of the bushland. These woodlands and limestone heaths provide extensive habitats for wildlife, including hundreds of species of insects.
The Park creates a link between the coast and the remnant vegetation found in Commonwealth land (Campbell Barracks) to the south-west; Perry Lakes, Wembley Golf Course and Herdsman Lake to the north; Shenton Park Bushland and Kings Park to the east; and the Cottesloe Golf Course and Lake Claremont to the south. These linkages provide important corridors to assist animals move between areas.
The Park’s Zamia Trail, 5 km long and from which lesser tracks diverge, offers superb views to Perth and across to Rottnest Island, takes visitors through the Park’s habitats and landscapes. Download the Zamia Trail.
Source of Information.
The material presented here is largely sourced from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.