The 9km ‘route’ recommended here is entirely on the existing, mostly well-marked trails. GPS is obviously not required but waypoints are provided here in case you are new to GPS and would like to test your GPS navigation skills.
Start from the carpark near the top of Reabold Hill (or, if the Scenic Drive vehicle access gates are closed (see under Access/Directions”) , start from an alternative carpark near Perry House, reached off Perry Lakes Drive; then locate the start of the ‘Scenic Walk’ trail up Reabold Hill.)
Before heading off down the trail make sure you first walk the quick (200m) Reabold Hill Summit Boardwalk (to waypoint ‘1A’) which is next to the carpark, then from the Start point head down the trail to waypoint ‘2’, then turn left onto the Camel Lake Trail to follow it downhill. Then take the first sidetrack on the right at ‘3’ and soon after (at ‘4’) take the left branch of the trail. (The right branch heads west back up the hill). This section of the Trail passes close by ‘Camel Lake’, an area that was once a semi-permanent wetland (now at most a puddle) and was used as a camel watering stop by explorer Ernest Giles on his 1875 journey from Augusta to Perth. On reaching a trail junction at ‘5’, turn right to follow the Yoorn Walk uphill. Continue past the ‘Pine Walk’ turn on the left at ‘6’ and follow a section of the Zamia Trail to the ridge at ‘7’. Turn left and after about 150m (at ‘8’) veer right to follow the Banksia Walk, initially uphill. When the Banksia Walk meets the Sheoak Walk (at ‘9’), turn left to follow the Sheoak Walk back to meet the Pine Walk at ‘10’. Follow the Pine Walk south past the pine plantation on the left and meet the Zamia Trail at ’10-A’. Then veer west to reach the start of the Balga Walk on the left (at ’11’ or ’16’). Follow Balga Walk (via ’12’, ’13’, ’14’ and ’15’) to return to the Zamia Trail (at ’16’).
Then follow the Zamia Trail via ’17’ to ’21’. Make a short diversion to the lookouts at ‘19’ and ’22’ to obtain good ocean and Rottnest Island views. Then continue along Zamia Trail (via ‘2’) to return to the Start point in the carpark.