Top Trail: Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk, Bold Park, Floreat
Located in Bold Park in Floreat, Reabold Hill is the highest natural point on the Swan Coastal Plain in the metropolitan area, and at 85 metres offers sweeping views over the Indian Ocean, Perth and beyond to the Darling Scarp with glimpses of the Swan River.
About the Trail
The elevated boardwalk immerses visitors in a bushland experience as they journey to the summit. Stretching over 200m, the boardwalk incorporates interpretive signs, seating, artwork inspired by life in a Tuart tree and 14 timber landings to take in the views. Restoration planting using local, indigenous plants enhances the existing flora which features banksias, wattles, quandongs and other limestone loving plants such as the Cockies Tongue. Over 80 species of birds, brushtail possums, bats, frogs, and reptiles including geckos, lizards, skinks and snakes also inhabit the area.
Over 15 kilometres of walking and horse trails dissect this beautiful park and suit various fitness levels. A map and brochure can be accessed at www.bgpa.wa.gov.au or is available at the Western Australian Ecology Centre, Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat.
Need to Know
Of the 19 glorious white sand beaches that Perth has been blessed with, City Beach is one of the favourites. This beautifully clean and uncrowded beach is popular with surfers, backpackers and families keen to enjoy some of the 3,000 hours of sunshine Perth gets each year. City Beach is located a 20 minute drive west of Perth city, or a short bus ride from the central station. As you approach the beach, you'll pass some of Perth's most extravagant homes capitalising on the expansive Indian Ocean views. Through comparatively small to other Perth beaches, City Beach has a little something for everyone. A boardwalk, leading to neighbouring Floreat Beach, makes a lovely seaside stroll, and in the large grassy area above the beach, there's a kiosk, toilets, showers and a playground, as well as ample space for a picnic. For those who prefer to be waited on, enjoy laidback vibe, live music and great food at the beachside restaurant and drink in the spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. City Beach park and beach are very popular with schools, as well as sporting clubs and private organisations that regularly conduct social events here. Each August, the extremely popular City to Surf marathon finishes at City Beach Oval, making for a scenic end to the fun run. Accommodation options in City Beach are limited to a handful of bed and breakfasts and holiday rentals, so many choose to stay in nearby Scarborough, a mere three minute drive to the north.
Subiaco is a suburb renowned for its eclectic architecture, quaint and leafy residential streets, premier shopping and multicultural dining scene. By day, it's one of Perth's most vibrant districts with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere. By night, Subiaco becomes a hub of activity with locals and visitors flocking to its restaurants, pubs and clubs and theatres. Located just five kilometres to the northwest of Perth's city centre, Subiaco can be reached via the Perth to Fremantle train line. The train station is at the heart of Subiaco's bustling town centre, making it a perfect starting point to explore all that the suburb has to offer. Subi, as the locals call it, has a rich history with humble origins. Settled in 1851 by Benedictine monks from Subiaco, Italy, the area soon developed into a distinct town centre resembling a European village. Today, these origins are still evident. The quiet residential streets of Subiaco are home to some of the city's most beautifully maintained heritage homes. The quaint Subiaco Museum contains memorabilia originating from the 19th century Benedictine monks, as well as relics of local Aboriginal culture. Running through the centre of Subiaco is Rokeby Road, a leafy street offering some of Western Australia's finest shopping and dining - from chic boutiques and art galleries, to bustling European cafés and award-winning restaurants. On weekends, Subi is abuzz by day and night. The Subiaco Station Markets offer a variety of arts, crafts, food and entertainment. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre, bars and clubs create a lively night scene, and Patersons Stadium plays host to football, soccer and rugby games. Not far from Subiaco are the picturesque grounds of the University of Western Australia, perched on the curve of the Swan River at Matilda Bay. It's little wonder that many visitors choose to stay in Subiaco while visiting Perth. Select from several hotels and guesthouses and make it your base for a memorable city break.