Location: Wireless Hill Reserve - McCallam Cres, Booragoon
Distance: 1km – 1.5km
Trail Marker: At start only
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Cost: 0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: Yes
Date Hiked: 2nd October 2017
Despite living in Perth for pretty much forever, I had yet to explore the popular Wireless Hill. After a recent wildflower hike we had run up in the hills, I was keen to discover more so we loaded up the car with a picnic lunch, backpacks and cameras and made our way to Wireless Hill. It is a very easy place to find. The entry point is a main roundabout that connects McCallam Cres and Almondbury Rd. Upon entry into the park we knew we were in for a treat with the sighting of wildflowers which appeared to be in abundance, and that was just driving in to the carpark. We were welcomed with gorgeous red and green Kangaroo Paws filling the garden beds on either side. A plant species native to Western Australia, also our floral emblem. Wireless Hill Reserve was the site of the first communications radio in Western Australia, enabling wireless communications to be carried out between Western Australia and other parts of Australia and the world.
There’s not a lot of information online about the trails within the park. All I could find was a map outlining the easy one but no actual information on the distance, grade or how long they would take. Both trails are pathed so easily accessible for prams, wheelchairs and even bikes. Both are also easily accessible from the carparks. The first walk we did was the 1.3km Wireless Hill Wildflower Walk, in a significant area of bushland, full of shrublands and Banksia and Eucalypt woodlands which provides habitat to large variety of reptiles and birds. Bobtails and Western Bearded Dragons were two of the species we came across but Turtle Frogs, Gould Monitors and Dugites are known to be in the area. It's an easy trail to walk and completely abundant with Wildflowers. Spring is definitely the best time to visit but I would recommend going at the beginning of Spring (start of September) as we actually saw quite a few Orchids on their last legs. Lots of beautiful Orchids to see, my first Spider variety too, hence why we were so excited and spent such a great deal of time here. At the completion of this loop you have the opportunity to walk another section of the park.
Yagans Genunny is a 1.1km loop which starts in the same location as the Wildflower walk. The walk acknowledges the long and continuing association that the Whadjuk Nyoongar people have with the place and its surrounding areas, despite it being dramatically altered by European settlement and conflict. Along the walk we came across information posts which shared stories of the hills different uses, areas of significance and how the hill connects the Nyoongar people from kuru(the past), yeye (the present) and boorda (the future). There was a trail sign for this trail, a circle with an orange monitor lizard and arrow so once again very easy trail to follow. Information posts shared stories on how the hill was known to be a camping place (mia), and lookout genunny) of Yagan who at that time was a young leader of the Beeliar people. He went on to be and will always be remembered as a well known and highly respected Nyoongar leader of the nineteenth century. Sadly, Yagan was killed in 1833. Other signage shared stories of the hill being such a significant place for looking over country. Just as it was used during the operational years it also served as a great vantage point for the Nyoongar people who could see and track other places around. From this point you can see down to Dootanboro – big pelican river (Melville Water), Dyoondalup – place of white sand (Point Walter), and Margamangup – place of the birds nest in the big tree (Lucky Bay). They have a great map which shows these locations to give you a great insight into those areas.
There is also a Station Walk that takes you out to the site of the old German Jetty down by the river. Once again there is no information provided on this walk that I have found.