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Karda Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs

  • Half day
  • 10.6 km

A 10.6km one way nature walking trail, the Karda Bidi generously hugs the banks of the beautiful Swan River in Perth.

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Rosalie Park, Subiaco

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Jetty Road, Claremont

Rosalie Park is the meeting point for three of the Whadjuk Trails; the Karda Bidi, the Bush to Beach Trail and the end of the Karak Bidi. This A Class Reserve is approximately 13 hectares made up of a combination of playing fields, tennis courts and support amenities. Paid parking is available here.

The parks, public spaces, events and recreational opportunities are easily accessible and promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for all.

Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. Having an international reputation it is rich in Aboriginal and European history, with contemporary culture offering innovative design, displays and services.

Link with the Kings Park walking trails and enjoy the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden where over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora are displayed. The 260 hectares of the park protected as bushland provides a haven for native biological diversity.

The Visitor Information Centre, free daily guided walks, Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop, cafes and public transport are easily accessible.

Matilda Bay Reserve, offers both shelter and views across the Swan River, making it a very popular site for picnics on the shady river banks and to simply sit and watch the sun sparkling on the waters of the bay. The safe river beach makes it an ideal place to relax in the outdoors. In the 1900’s tram lines from Subiaco and Perth provided access to the site up until 1948. Trams would be used for shopping trips to the big Perth stores and as the suburbs grew, so did the tram lines. These routes, gave a total of around 37 route kilometres by June 30, 1913. At that time there were 53 tramcars in the fleet: 44 four-wheel "single truck" cars, and 9 of the larger "bogie" cars.

The evergreen Casuarina seen here is native to Australia and grows up to 35 meters tall. Boorn is the Noongar name for trees. Commonly known as the she-oak or ironwood the Casuarina was important to Noongar people.

Pelicans are abundant in the area with fossil evidence dating them back at least 30 million years. The Pelican’s Noongar name is NerImba or Boodelong. Listen to the story which teaches you to share with those less fortunate by scanning the QR code.  Pelicans travel and hunt in flocks cornering schools of fish dipping their long bills into the water to make a communal net. Pelicans are mainly white, with black feathers near the wing edges. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin becomes brightly coloured before the breeding season.

The Karda-Kart or Great Cormorant is found here in abundance. Noongar never ate Cormorant as they help to find the food. They are easy to recognise as their feathers aren’t waterproof so they spread their wings to dry after fishing. Cormorants feathers are almost entirely black, apart from a white and yellow chin and a small white patch on each thigh (absent in winter).

Look across toward the hill where you will see Coastal Sedge, native to southern coastal areas of Western Australia. It grows in large clumps of dark green edible strap-like leaves and its brown flower can be seen between November and May. White fellas call it sword grass because of the sharp edges. Coastal Sedge is known to the Noongar people as Yange or Waugal Grass, the latter from the dreaming stories where it is thought to be part of the Waugal’s Whiskers. Sedge was harvested and used to weave mats and bags for carrying food when kangaroo skin was not available.

Variegated Fairy-wrens are multi-coloured wrens that live in dense bush looking for insects and seeds to eat. You can find them by their loud chirping. Look for the brightly coloured male wren with blue head and sides and a rich chestnut shoulder patch. Females and young birds are difficult to tell apart so it looks like the male has a harem. Listen to the delightful Noongar story about how the blue Fairy-wren got his colour.

Have you ever seen a Gould's Monitor lizard? Karda (Noongar name) have been seen here at Mandyuranup.  They are also known as the Racehorse Goanna and come in many colours and patterns. Sometimes they have light cream or yellow ocelli markings (round spots with a darker centre). There is usually a black stripe with lighter edges on the side of their head. Their tail is light brown or black with a white or yellowish tip. Listen to the story about how to whistle him up so that he walks right to you! 

Look for the Pied Oystercatcher, wading on the mudflats or sandbanks. They are black with a red eye, white breast and belly and have bright orange-red bills, eye-rings and legs. Their call is a distinct clear penetrating ‘he-eep’ or single repeated ‘pic’ call. Molluscs are their favourite food which they find by sight, or by probing their long, chisel-shaped bills in the mud. Oystercatchers nest on sand or grit just above the high water mark and both birds look after their young and protect their nest.

The Blue Manna Crab, known as Karri, Koreal or Kakard are plentiful in the area. They can be caught in Bunuru (Feb-March) if she isn't carrying eggs. The sandbar we can see is called Karrakatta and means “the place of crabs”.  Also known as the blue swimmer crab, the shell can be up to 20cm across. The blue colouring is only found in the male; the female is sandy brown. Blue manna mate in Autumn and females lay up to two million eggs at a time in January or February however less than one percent of all eggs will survive. Blueys can live for up to three years.

The Claremont Museum and the boatshed originally from the Claremont Jetty are here in Mrs Herberts Park. Look for Osprey in the area with a long body and a wingspan that can reach almost 2 m. Known to the Noongar people as Doorn-doorn, this interesting bird is seen in tall trees with no leaves to give him a clear view of fish in the area. They are commonly called a fish hawk and feed on larger fish in the shallows of the Swan River. Osprey do not eat their catch whole, but rip it apart. Nests are built from sticks and driftwood in high places such as cliffs or tall trees. 
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The Karda Bidi, depicted with the Monitor Lizard on directional marking is 10.6km long and starts with a stroll through King's Park before following the Swan River foreshore. This enthralling walking trail is fairly level, and normally takes a few hours. Enjoy the views of the Swan River (Derbal Yarrigan) as you allow the history to captivate your imagination.

There are cafes along the route where one can enjoy a cold drink or a bite to eat. Read about the history of the settlers, as well as the local Aboriginal people, the Noongars.

As parts of this walk include stairs and sandy sectors along the banks of the river, cycles and wheelchair access is diverted. Maps of alternate linking routes are available on the trail map.  Karda Bidi connects with Yange Kep Bidi and is part of the Whadjuk Trail Network.

 

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Time / Duration

Time varies depending on section chosen

Length

10.6km one way

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Rosalie Park, Subiaco

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Trail End

Jetty Road, Claremont

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Facilities

Refer to the website for additional information on wheelchair access. There are steep steps which need to be avoided. Alternate routes are shown on the map.
There are cafes along the route where one can enjoy a cold drink or a bite to eat. Read about the history of the settlers, as well as the local Aboriginal people, the Noongars.
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Shop
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

Cooler months between April and November

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Trail Access

Road 2WD, bus, bike

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1 trail goers have rated Karda Bidi, Perth Western Suburbs as 5 out of 5!

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Malcolm Kite

Reviewed 18 Jun 2018, 9:45am

The Kardi Bidi is a trail between Rosalie Park in Shenton Park to Jetty Road in Claremont. For those walkers not using an app (which is me) the trail is generally adequately marked with the triangular 'Lizard' logoed directional markers, mostly being imbedded to the path while some are on bollards. Generally easy to find some can be missed especially when you are distracted by the scenery around Dalkeith and the river foreshore. For walkers the trail is mostly concrete or bitumen paths with some grass and sand walking, but there is a pleasant surprise where in number of locations you can splash along in the shallows of the Swan river. On the day I undertook the trail it was ankle deep in some places but had the potential to be deeper. If you want to avoid getting wet then there are alternative routes shown on the Google map. There was some playground modifications being undertaken at Beaton Park that required some improvising to negotiate and in the near future some park work will be conducted (some is already pegged out) in Point Resolution Reserve which may involve the walker undertaking some improvising. I walked this trail in mid June 2018 on a very pleasant Autumn day.
The Kardi Bidi is part of the Whadjuk Group of trails. More info can be found at:
www.whadjukwalkingtrails.org.au
and https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1pm9y4MCRQt7AYzfnPOlKYWVdkGU&ll=-32.00291158107181,115.7938515146542&z=18

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