While within metropolitan Perth, you'll find the Perth Hills and its character townships exude a country charm and views that are simply astounding. Visitors to the Perth Hills will also be impressed by the range of excellent things to do, tours and accommodation to be found.
THINGS TO DO
- ENJOY a picnic or BBQ, canoe or swim at Lake Leschenaultia - a top swimming hole.
- EXPERIENCE the beauty of the Perth Hill's national parks and state forests.
- GET on the Munda Biddi Cycle Trail which winds through some spectacular scenery.
- FOLLOW the Perth Hills wine trails and routes to sample local wines and cider.
- EXPLORE the Mundaring Weir Precinct and No 1 Pump Station.
- BROWSE through the region's arts centres, studios and galleries.
- TAKE a guided spotlight tour at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary or ride a camel.
- WALK the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track.
- LEARN more about the colourful history of the area at the District Museum
The tree-lined village of Mundaring is one of the major towns of the Perth Hills and makes a wonderful day trip or weekender for visitors to the region. In town, you can stop off at the Mundaring Visitor Centre where you can learn about the history of the region and pick up a variety of maps highlighting the large amount of activities and attractions to be found.
Just out of town you will find the vast water reserve of the Mundaring Weir and the Perth Hills Discovery Centre where you can learn about native flora and fauna. You can also picnic at any number of stunning parks in the area.
Kalamunda town centre is also particularly appealing, with its gift stores, character eateries and quaint village feel. Art, music and history play a big part here with several heritage building sites in town. Also a must drop into the Zig Zag Cultural Centre at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre to learn more about the history, culture and attractions of the area.
A visit to the town library will reward you with views of the largest community-built stained-glass window in Australia, and if you are visiting on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to drop in on the village market. The Kalamunda Farmers Markets are held every Sunday morning showcasing fresh produce from local farmers and growers.
FOOD & WINE
Considering its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and cool wet winters, and with the first vineyards in the Perth Hills planted in the 1880s, it comes as no surprise that the Perth Hills now boasts a well established wine scene with each part of the hills having their own distinct wine trails for you to discover.
These include the The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail through the forests and gullies of Darlington, Glen Forrest, Mt Helena and Wooroloo to some of the oldest wineries in the region. Cellar doors are open most weekends and public holidays and you can set your tastebuds dancing with good selection of wine varieties.
Kalamunda is also a great staging point for visiting the breathtaking Bickley and Carmel Valleys renowned for their wine, produce and cider. The Bickley-Carmel Valley Wine Trail touts seven world class wineries
including some fine examples of sparkling wine made in the French