bold park view of zamia trail

Dog Hike Review: Zamia Trail Bold Park

Hike Overview

Length: 5.1kms
Estimated Time: 1.5 hrs including sniffing all of the things
Route Type: loop walk
Free-range: Dogs must be on lead particularly given number of walkers and joggers on this busy trail
Cardio rating: Low to medium (a few moderate hills)
Quality of Path: Well-maintained compacted limestone
Navigation: Very easy – the path is clear with regular signage
Swimming: No swimming opportunities
Start Point: We prefer to start the walk from the Wollaston Conference Centre (at the end of the end of Wollaston Rd, Mount Claremont, off Rochdale Rd)
Dog rating: 
bold park view to city from dog hike on zamia trail
Chihuahua in car tired after hiking
bold park view from zamia trail
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The Walk

We have done this walk several times now, both with friends and with the Young Perth Hikers Meetup group. The gravel path doesn’t make it as exciting as some of the other Perth metro hikes, but it still affords great views of both the ocean and the City at various points. It is a classic loop trail and can be accessed from multiple carparks within Bold Park, noting that Reabold Hill is the one least likely to have parking spots available.  The Zamia trail is the longest walk trail within Bold Park, with several side trails and short-cuts available for those looking for longer or shorter options. The native vegetation attracts diverse birdlife including parrots and black cockatoos. Interestingly, it is the largest remaining bushland remnant in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain. Significant effort is going into regenerating the bushland so it’s important to make sure that your dog remains on leash.

 

There are a few sloping hills for those looking for a minor challenge. When doing this walk on a hot day, I ended up carrying Zena for some of the longer hill sections (which isn’t typical for her). There’s lots of opportunities to meet other dogs with many other dog walkers doing the trail.

 

We often enjoy a post walk brunch at Odyssea at City Beach, which is extremely dog friendly with a separate dog entrance to their large balcony overlooking the ocean.

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