Directions - The car park is located at the top of the hill on Scenic Drive that comes off Oceanic Drive. During peak times it may be difficult to get a park so there is another car park located near the corner of Perry Lakes Drive and Oceanic Drive.
The Hike - Bold Park was a place I knew of but had never really investigated before. I had passed the Reabold Hill turnoff countless times while on my way to nearby Wembley Golf Course but had never thought to check what was at the top of the hill or in the surrounding bushland. Like most of the Western Suburbs, I figured behind the bushland seen from the road was a golf course or university land. With the mercury rising around Perth given the onset of spring, I added it to my list of places I wanted to visit more thoroughly a couple of months ago. Situated just off Oceanic Drive and a very short drive from City Beach, Bold Park is a 437 hectare piece of conservation land that was given protection status in 1998. Since then plenty of rehabilitation work has gone on and the results are spectacular.
The park itself has a maze of trails that are all linked so it really is a choose your own adventure style of walking. You could come here dozens of times and never walk the exact trail, which means there is always something new to discover. The motivation to visit Bold Park came when my planned visit out to the bush to photograph the Milky Way was thwarted by thunderstorms in the hills. I had already promised Mrs Life of Py a picnic dinner so had to think quick about location once it became obvious that the location I had chosen was going to involve staring at a cloud filled sky. Thus plans were adjusted to visit Bold Park with the dog and said picnic. I had wanted to try and get the full Zamia Trail in (5.5km loop) but Mrs Life of Py was not so keen so we settled on just the Reabold Hill Lookout after the 800m uphill climb from the car park at the Western Australian Ecology Centre.
So as the sun was setting over a hazy Indian Ocean we enjoyed some spicy jalapeno dip, leftover Cypriot Grain Salad and a cupcake. At 83m above sea level, the lookout provides sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and back towards the Perth CBD and Darling Scarp. It really is a magical place at sunset with no wind and the shade shelter has been built to resemble eucalyptus leaves, which is a cool design feature. With the sun not quite set and the dog keen to move on we went to have a look at the start of the Zamia Trail. We walked a short distance to the Ocean Lookout, which is a couple of park benches providing million dollar views across the Indian Ocean. Here I snapped away at the sinking sun surrounded by a pinky/orange haze thanks to some smoke provided by recent burn offs.
Having not photographed a sunset since I was in Albany in June, it was a luxury to be able to stand there on a still night just basking in the peacefulness. W