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Published June 20th 2017
Come for the exercise, stay for the views
The beautiful Zamia Trail is the longest walking trail in Bold Park, however, it is still a relatively short 5.1km round loop walk. It covers a host of different types of scenery, with varying gradient, which can be conquered in about an hour and thirty-five minutes.
Boasting stunning inner-city views, the Zamia Trail is one of the most underrated walking trails in the Perth area, which has easy access from the car park. Dogs are allowed, as long as they stay on leash and their waste is picked up and disposed of responsibly.
Just one of the many stunning views along the Zamia Trail
It is highly advisable that each person doing this walk, should dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Be sure to carry some healthy snacks and a minimum of 2 litres of water each, preferably in a backpack and please be advised that the closest public toilets are located in the nearby Perry Lakes Reserve.
The trail is currently part of an exciting citizens science project, dubbed the Bold Park Fire Study. You can take part in the project - just keep an eye out along the southern end of the trail for the "Get involved in fire research" sign and follow the prompts to position your smart phone into the frame provided. Then take a photo and upload it to social media with the hashtag #boldparkfirestudy along with the date the photo was taken.
Bold Park Zamia Trail April 25th 2017 #boldparkfirestudy
Scientists from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authorities are trialling various combinations of burn-backs and weed management across the city as part of a long-term research project. These photos help monitor this important research site, which is currently being used to study the impact of prescribed burning on the bush land around Perth.
The Zamia Trail is dotted with little park benches, most with a beautiful view of either the city, or the ocean, so it is a perfect place to have lunch in the great outdoors. Just make sure that you leave no litter behind!
If you have a keen sense of sight and you are quiet enough, you just might spot some of the residents of the park! It is home to over 300 different species of plants and animals including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates - so why not make a bingo game of what you see along the way!
The trail also partially overlaps a horse riding trail, so be mindful, when walking through that small part of the track.