City of Bayswater
Bayswater Bushland Play Trail
Trail publication date
20 December 2020
The Bayswater Foreshore Play Trail initiative was led by Alex Ellis, a member of Transition Town Bayswater - a grassroots community group aimed at assisting communities to transition to a more sustainable and resilient way of life.
Alex approached Nature Play WA with her idea of creating a Play Trail that was focussed on the rich history, attractions and conservation areas found around the Bayswater foreshore.
She had mapped out 15 locations, each showcasing a unique piece of the area’s culture and biodiversity.
In addition to choosing the locations and organising the content for the various waypoints, Alex also approached the City of Bayswater to fund the creation of the trail and provide support and input into the content.
About the Trail
The trail covers approximately 4.7km and takes two to three hours to complete. Suitable for families with both older and younger kids, this Play Trail consists of a range of activities including quizzes about the history and Whadjuk Noongar culture in the area, a wildlife memory game as well as photo and drawing challenges.
Audio recordings and videos from various organisations and people such as the Bayswater Historical Society, the City of Bayswater and Belinda Cox (Kangeang/Bibblemun woman) are used at different stops along the trail to make it more fun and interactive for users.
A Treasure Hunt PDF Resource was also created to accompany the Play Trail. The resource includes 9 special points of interests along the trail and provides a “bonus” activity for trail blazers.
The trail was launched on 20th December 2020, as part of an informal launch event held by Transition Town Bayswater. The event went really well - there were over 30 participants (or families) who downloaded and walked the trail.
In addition to the launch event, both the City of Bayswater and Transition Town Bayswater have promoted the trail on their Facebook and social media pages to increase awareness and participation within the community.
Launch Event Photos
*Launch event photo credits: Alex Ellis and Vanessa Bradley
“The trail launch yesterday was a great success. The [Play Trails] App worked beautifully” - Alex Ellis, member of Transition Town Bayswater.