Short forest Walk in Daglish – Honeyeaters and Eucalyptus
While sunny Perth has it’s fair share of green open park land, reticulated and perfectly groomed lawns and deciduous trees I often think the native Australian flora offers an interactive and pleasurable experience. Let me show you why that is.
Located in Daglish is a very small strip of forest that has fortunately been spared from the surrounding development. This isn’t classed as an official walk per say, although if I had to assign a name to it, I would call this the Honeyeater and Eucalyptus walk. In reality it is simply a shared pedestrian and cycle path that cuts through and alongside the Fremantle Transperth train line, serving as a popular commute between Perth and Fremantle. Having cycled it over the past few months I decided to walk the section to see what I could find.
The section is 1.4 km one way and accessible either from Jolimont Park close to Subiaco, Shenton Park, or if you wish to begin in the middle, Daglish train station which could also be the West Australian version of the 9 and three quarters station to Hogwarts. As you walk the path, be sure to keep left and look before you cross any sections as it is a popular commute for cyclists. The path is reasonably flat and ideal for those that have limited walking capabilities, are in wheelchairs or unable to venture into the bush. With the nearby St John of God and Princess Margaret hospital it would also be a great break for patients. The path is also mostly shaded which will come in handy during the hot summer months.
The small forest comprises of mostly native trees and shrubbery with some introduced ones. The area supports a small population of honey eater birds who feed off the nectar of the red bottle brushes and insects. They dart across the path from tree to tree in urgent fashion. The red wattlebird is easy to spot, however keep a keen eye out for a smaller honey eater with a yellow marking. It could be a white cheeked honey eater or a new holland one, unfortunately it was too quick for me to capture on the camera. Butterflies are harder to come by in the city these days, however I did see one fluttering to a flower before disappearing into the shrubbery.
It’s spring in Perth and a couple of wildflowers have opened up and there were quite a few that were not so easy to spot but they are there. Given the flurry of honey eaters, it is a wonder that councils don’t plant more native flowering plants around the place. Honey eaters are energetically fun birds to watch and they help sustain the bee population as well as keep the insect population under control.
The trees are equally as interesting, each trunk tells a different story and there are old ones to find along the way. Eucalyptus trees (also known as gum trees) dominate the area and there are a couple of Moreton Bay Fig trees, offering a grandeur presence along the path. For a few moments you’ll be distracted by the bird chirps and the wildflower aroma until a train passes by and reminds you, you’re in the city and in my case I need to go back to work. But at least you can experience the small piece of beauty that this place offers. Some sections unfortunately have succumbed to dieback disease and the banksia trees appear dehydrated, perhaps due to the lowering water table. There is also some past evidence of graffiti.
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Route: Jolimont Park to Nicholson Road return
Highlights: Banksias, honey eater birds, tall eucalyptus trees, wildflowers in spring
Cafes nearby: Little Pantry on Nicholson Road, plenty of cafes in Subiaco, pub food at Subiaco Hotel
Options to extend the walk:
From Nicholson Road point
- 800 metres one way to Little Pantry Cafe in Shenton Park
- 550 metres one way to Shenton Park
- 2.7km to Synergy Parkland in Kings Park
From Jolimont Park, the main hub of Subiaco is 550 metres away
Chamelaucium unicinatum, Geraldton Wax
Chamelaucium unicinatum, Geraldton Wax
Look up, some leaves of the eucalyptus trees are a stunning blue grey
Flowering Eucalyptus tree
Daglish train station
Hay Street underpass from Jolimont Park to Subiaco, Roberts Road