Kokoda Track, King's Park
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
Well I really geared myself up for this one. I read there were 150 steps leading down the Eliza Scarp and that people use this as a training track similar to Jacob's ladder. So I decided to make life easier I would go down rather than up and then I would continue along the Swan River foreshore to Matilda Bay Reserve before heading back up Crawley Steps and into Kings Park (see separate blog post).
After finding the entrance to the track leading off the park to the west of the War Memorials I took a deep breath, read the map of the long trek on the real Kokoda Track and off I set. Four minutes later I was at the bottom on Mount's Bay Rd!!!!! The track was really short and whilst I'm sure it takes a bit more effort going up if you pace yourself I think even the little ones would be able to manage this. Half way down there was a delightful tree branch stretched across the pathway just asking for kids to have a swing on it!
My return walk through King's Park took me off the beaten track. Having done the Law Walk a few years ago and knowing the views would be the same as the foreshore walk I had just completed to make this circuit I decided to head onto some of the less well known bush tracks. Having a map in my pocket I had a bit of an idea which way I needed to go but most of the paths eventually hit one of the main roads so you can't go too far astray. Some of the paths were paved (universal access) but others were either compacted dirt or sandy tracks so you would need to select a trail according to your walking needs. There were no wildflowers out but I imagine that during spring it would be amazing wandering through these lesser known tracks wildflower spotting.
The bush tracks provide a stark contrast to the manicured gardens elsewhere in the park and most of the way the bush is fairly impenetrable on either side giving a sense of what Perth looked like before European settlement.
I will definitely be returning to Kings Park in Spring to wander along these trails. For a map of King's Park walking Trails refer