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Karak Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs

  • 1-3 hours
  • 11.3 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The 11.3 kilometre Karak Bidi (Black Cockatoo Trail) includes views of the entrancing Swan River (Derbal Yarigan) and links bushland across Subiaco, Nedlands
and Claremont.

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Trail Start

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Rosalie Park, Onslow Rd, Shenton Park which is 5km (12minutes) from Perth CBD

Trail End

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Paul Hasluck Reserve, Nedlands

Look towards the river below and you will notice the local pinnacles, limestone outcrops seen on the steep
slopes. These outcrops are highly significant the local Noongar people. From the elevated position of the bushland at Birdwood Parade, take in the views of the Swan River, Kings Park and Perth City. The parkland areas adjacent to Birdwood Parade contain many significant trees
such as Marri’s and Jarrahs.

Enjoy a stroll through this lovely parkland, and stop to look at the Western Long-neck Turtles, also known as Oblongs in the secure area. These carnivorous creatures
play an important role in controlling mosquito infestations as their
hatchlings love eating the little wrigglers.

Claremont Park, located in the Town of Claremont adjoins the Council Offices on Stirling Highway. Take a break and enjoy the shade of the wonderful old indigenous trees where birdlife abounds in the treetops. After crossing Stirling Highway, you enter the shopping precinct, and pass the Claremont Hotel. Following the markers will link you up with Rowe Park and the Yange Kep Bidi intersecting point.

Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899 and has Monuments and headstones bearing many
famous names. Enjoy the walk through the stately stands of cypress trees, a hallmark of Karrakatta, that preside over beautiful garden areas in
the historic heart of the cemetery.

Hollywood Reserve was originally a dairy farm planted with various
foreign grasses. Large trees from World War II were felled by soldiers
from the nearby hospital as part of their therapy and rehabilitation, and
these can still be seen. The reserve offers an almost circular walk via the Bill Day path presenting a wonderful
opportunity to view a vast array of wildflowers, especially pretty during
the spring. Carnaby's cockatoos and Redtail black cockatoos are frequently seen here.

This remnant bushland contains a mixture of non-indigenous and native
species offering a stunning array of wildflowers. It is home to wildlife including Black Cockatoos and
Monitor Lizards.

Listen for the noisy Red-eye Wattle with its definitive red wattles. This bird is the largest of the honey eaters.
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The 11.3 kilometre Karak Bidi (Carnaby’s Cockatoo Trail) includes views of the entrancing Swan River (Derbal Yarigan). This highly significant river is woven into the
dreaming stories and song lines of the local Aboriginal people, the Noongar. landscape. 

This trail links parks and bushland areas with local iconic and heritage trails. There are several local pinnacles along the route to look out for. These limestone outcrops can still be seen on the steep slopes near the Birdwood Park bushland where the elevated position offers views of the Swan River, Kings Park and Perth City.

This trail supports links across the Whadjuk Trail network. The Karak Bidi is suitable for all walkers where a moderate level of fitness required. The majority of the Karak Bidi is sealed, however it does include a crushed limestone segment of trail through Karrakatta prior to entering the bushland at Hollywood Reserve, where there are some additional unsealed sections of pathway. Please refer to the Accessibility guide for further details.

The Karak Bidi can be enjoyed throughout the year. As the weather in Perth in the summer can become very hot, it is essential to bring plenty of drinking water, and to wear sunscreen and a hat. Mobile phone coverage is good, and use of maps is available with most providers. The trail is dog friendly with numerous opportunities to enjoy the shade of the wonderful indigenous trees where birdlife abounds in the treetops.

Noongar culture is characterised by a strong spiritual connection to ‘country’. Whudjuk Trails bushland walks link remnant bushlands in Perth’s Western Suburbs encouraging the community to use and appreciate their local areas. The Karak Bidi links parks and bushland areas,  Iconic and Heritage Trails with the Swan River. Due to many access points, the route can be walked in sections, allowing all to enjoy the diverse 

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Time / Duration

3 hours if you walk the entire route


11.3km one way

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Rosalie Park, Onslow Rd, Shenton Park which is 5km (12minutes) from Perth CBD

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Trail End

Paul Hasluck Reserve, Nedlands

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.


  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Shop
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

September to November for wildflowers


Trail Access

Road or bus

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