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DRB Nats Bush Walk Excursion Hartfield Park

18 September 2021, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the attractions and natural beauty of the Perth Hills

Walkers seeking an outdoor nature challenge will find short trails and long distance tracks in the native bush surroundings of the Perth Hills, including the iconic Bibbulmun Track. There are many trails of different lengths and levels of difficulty, many with evocative names such as Whistlepipe Gully and Rocky Pool, just perfect for enticing you outdoors!

  • Hartfield Park is more known for the sporting activities and recreation opportunities.  This excursion is to explore the bush land on the edges of the various parts of the Park.
  • To observe the bird life on the lake and stroll around with members of the DRB who will be able to share their knowledge of nature.

Historical use of the park : A native reserve at Maamba at the foot of the Darling Scarp was established by Premier John Forrest in 1899 in an effort to care for derelict Aborigine’s It was developed as a small scale agricultural settlement for local Aboriginals.  At the end of 1903, the chief Protector of Aborigines, Henry Prinsep decided to make this Welshpool Reserve a ration depot. Prinsep insisted all Aboriginal people in the metropolitan area should be moved to the reserve, along with a European caretaker. Despite protests Aboriginals from Guildford, Perth, Helena Valley, Gingin, Northam, York, Beverley, Busselton and Pinjarra were moved there.

Daisy Bates visited the area in 1905, pitching her tent and talked with the Aborigines over a period of time whilst living there. Prior to the formation of the reserve, the area had been a place where many Aboriginal tracks crossed in the sandy foothills where travel was easier than in the hills. A “scarred tree” which has now been fenced off in Hartfield Park, is thought to have been used to produce bark which would have been used to create shield and coolamons (dish-shaped utensils used to carry food or even a baby)

Meeting Place rear of  Car Park @ Hockey Club, Hartfield Road Forrestfield



18 September 2021
10:00 am-12:30 pm
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Hartfield Park
199 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia Australia
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